A born winner: Why Luka Doncic will prevail in the contest for Rookie of the Year

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This year’s rookie class is really exceeding all expectations. Many of the rising stars are already having significant roles in their teams. However, one guy is clearly staring to dominate the race for the Rookie of the Year Award.

With around a quarter of the season behind us, Luka Doncic already showed the world why he was projected as a No. 1 pick, even when he was only 15 years old. He is averaging 18.6 points per game, along with 6.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists in around 33 minutes on the court.

His marvelous rookie stats are underpinned by Luka’s true leadership skills. But, those who follow European basketball won’t be so surprised. Luka has won every major trophy in European basketball as a teenager. Most significantly, he won the Eurobasket with Slovenia in 2017, being part of the All-Tournament Team, while in 2018 he won the Euroleague with Real Madrind and was named Euroleague MVP of the season and Final Four MVP. Yeah, MVP of the best European competition at age 19. Simply impressive.

Playing along with the likes of Harrison Barnes, Dennis Smith Jr and DeAndre Jordan, few of us expected that Doncic will lead the team in many statistical categories. His devotion and vision on the court are impressive. In a fact, his presence on the court makes the whole Mavs team a lot better, and that’s the thing why he will prevail in the contest for the Rookie of the Year Award.

Atlanta’s Trae Young and the first pick Deandre Ayton of the Phoenix Suns are considered as Luka’s main opponents in the race for the Award. Even though both of them have started off their careers on a high note, it seems that Doncic is the only one to unleash the X factor that a rookie may bring to a team. Moreover, he does that in a way that it brings back the iconic 2011 smile on Mark Cuban’s face.

Before the start of the season, the Dallas Mavericks were considered as underdogs in the battle for playoffs spot. However, the contribution of Luka towards a change of that perception is immense, as the Mavs are currently in a good position to fight for a playoffs berth. As we all know, the Western Conference is brutal, but the confidence of the whole team is on a high level and things may only get better as Doncic gets more competitive experience in the NBA.

His bright performances were commented by many current and former NBA greats and the projections about his career are dazzling. Luka’s potential and natural talent are evident – but lot of dedication and hard work are required if he wants to reach the sky-high accomplishments made by fellow European greats in the NBA, like Dirk Nowitzki, Tony Parker, Gasol brothers, Toni Kukoc etc. But who knows? Maybe we are witnessing the making of a new global NBA superstar…





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