When it may be early to announce Luka Doncic this season’s Rookie of the Year, the guide is remarkable given the potency of this freshman class.
The 20-year-old is already keeping company. Today if the campaign closed, he would join Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson as the only two rookies to average 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists. He ignored projections that were optimistic regarding his NBA-ready skills out of the water. The Dallas Mavericks didn’t stop at the same unicorn. They rolled the dice on another before the deadline, landing 7’3″ shot-blocker and three-point sniper Kristaps Porzingis. Sure, he is coming off an ACL tear and will not play with this season, before heading down, but he do things.
Porzingis and pairing Doncic together gives its long-awaited blueprint for the Nowitzki age to Dallas, and the ceiling is already high enough to turn that strategy into a name.
“Dallas now has two players 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 major spending money for this summer, and also their top-five-protected pick could be kept by a bounce of a few balls away from the Hawks. While factoring in the dangers with Porzingis, who is now a restricted free agent this offseason, Dallas’ future seems blindingly bright.
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