While it might be early to declare Luka Doncic this year’s Rookie of the Year, the lead he has built is impressive given the potency of this freshman course.
The 20-year-old is currently keeping historic company. Today if the campaign closed, he would join Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson as the two rookies to average 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists. He ignored projections that were optimistic . The Dallas Mavericks, though, did not stop at the same unicorn. They rolled the dice onto another ahead of this deadline, landing 7’3″ shot-blocker and three-point sniper Kristaps Porzingis. Sure, he’s coming off an ACL tear and won’t play with this season, but he was doing stuff before going down.
Pairing Doncic and Porzingis together gives Dallas its long-awaited blueprint for its post-Dirk Nowitzki age, and the ceiling is currently high enough to turn that plan to a title.
“Dallas now has two gamers under the age of 25 who are the top two players on a championship team,” The Ringer’s Jonathan Tjarks wrote. “Just about every team in the league could kill for that chance.”
The Mavs also generated spending money and also their pick could be kept by a lucky bounce of a couple of balls away from the Hawks. While factoring in the risks with Porzingis, who is now a restricted free agent this offseason, Dallas’ future looks bright.
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