Friday night, the NBA announced the three finalists for the Kia NBA Rookie of the Year award. Dallas Mavericks Slovenian sensation is one of them. Joining him are Deandre Ayton of the Phoenix Suns and the Atlanta Hawks’ Trae Young.
This season, Doncic, 20, averaged a team-high 21.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, a team-high 6.0 assists, 1.1 steals in a little over 32 minutes per game. The only other rookie in NBA history to record averages of at least 20 points, seven rebounds, and six assists for a season is Oscar Robertson.
In fact, Doncic was one of only four players in the league to average at least 20 points, seven rebounds, and six assists per game. LeBron James, Nikola Jokic, and Russell Westbrook were the others. That’s some pretty good company.
Doncic also swept the Kia NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month honors. No rookie matched that feat in the Eastern Conference. He became the first rookie to win the award every month of the season since the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns in 2015-16.
Prior to Doncic, only Jay Vincent won Rookie of the Month more than one time for the Mavericks. He won it three times in December 1981, February 1982, and March 1982.
The winner will be chosen on June 24 at the NBA Awards, but the Association might as well hand it over to Doncic now. He’s the clear winner.