When it may be premature to declare Luka Doncic this season’s Rookie of the Year, the guide is remarkable given the potency of this freshman course.
The 20-year-old is already keeping historic firm. Today, if the campaign closed, he’d join Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson since the two rookies to average 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists. He blown optimistic projections about his NBA-ready abilities from the water. The Dallas Mavericks didn’t stop at one unicorn. They rolled the dice onto a second ahead of the deadline, landing 7’3″ shot-blocker and three-point sniper Kristaps Porzingis. Sure, he’s coming off an ACL tear and will not play this season, before heading down, but he was doing things that is unseen.
Pairing Doncic and Porzingis together gives Dallas its blueprint for the Nowitzki era, and the ceiling is high enough to turn that strategy into 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 would kill for that chance.”
The Mavs also generated significant spending cash and also a bounce of a couple of balls could keep their top-five-protected pick . While factoring in the risks a restricted free agent this offseason, Dallas’ future seems blindingly bright.