What kind of player will Luka Doncic be at 27 or 28 years old, the age most consider to be a NBA player’s prime? That’s the question I keep asking myself as we watch Doncic march through the early part of this season, putting up stats at a pace I never dreamed of.
Following the victory over the Suns last night, Doncic becomes the third player ever to average a 30 point triple double for an entire calendar month. The other two players are Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson and eventual Hall of Famer Russell Westbrook. He finishes the 14 game month with 32.4 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 10.4 assists. Dallas went 9-5 during that stretch.
We’re at the point where these accolades seem silly. After winning every Western Conference Rookie of the Month award along with the Rookie of the Year last season, things like winning Player of the Week nearly seems boring.
And yet, Luka’s dominance should not be taken for granted. It should be fascinating seeing how long he can play at this high a level. Through 18 games he’s just shy of a 30 point triple double for the season, posting averages of 30.8 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 9.6 assists. He’s shooting a truly astounding 62% on two point field goals, which is absurd for anyone, let alone a perimeter player. Giannis Antetokounmpo is the only other ball handling player besides Luka to shoot this well inside the three point arc on volume.
Then there’s things like this:
Doncic already has as many 40-point, 10-assist games this season (3) as any other Maverick in franchise history has had 30-point, 10-assist games in a single season.— Bobby Karalla (@bobbykaralla) November 30, 2019
Though at times it can feel like everyone is making up new guide posts for statistical markers that Doncic can pass, it can’t be said clearly enough he’s doing things at 20 years old which no other player in NBA history has done. As the Maverick broadcast pointed out against Phoenix, Doncic has 15 career triple doubles in just 90 games as a Maverick. Jason Kidd leads the franchise with 21 during his time in uniform and he played 500 games in Dallas.
We’re all witnessing history. How will Luka Doncic improve by the time he’s in his “prime” at 27 or 28? It’s hard to say, because making such predictions feels greedy. He’s so absurdly good right now. I recommend tuning in for every game because the show might just be getting started.