Tuesday, the NBA announced its 2018-19 NBA All-Rookie First Team and everyone’s favorite Slovenian rookie made the cut. Luka Doncic was unanimously selected, receiving first-place votes on all 100 ballots from a global panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.
Joining Doncic on the All-Rookie First Team are the Phoenix Suns’ Deandre Ayton, Sacramento Kings’ Marvin Bagley, Memphis Grizzlies’ Jaren Jackson Jr., and Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks. Ayton and Young are also finalists with Doncic for the Kia NBA Rookie of the Year Award.
This season, Doncic averaged a team-high 21.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, a team-best six assists, and 1.1 steals in just over 32 minutes per game with the Dallas Mavericks. In doing so, he joined Oscar Robinson as the only rookies in NBA history to average at least 20 points, seven rebounds, and six assists per game.
Among all rookies in this season, Dončić ranked first in scoring, second in rebounding, second in assists, fifth in steals, and first in minutes.
Doncic comes in third all-time in made 3-pointers by an NBA rookie with 168. Only Donovan Mitchell and Damian Lillard had more in their freshman campaigns. He also set a Mavericks rookie record for free throws made and attempted.
Doncic becomes the sixth player in franchise history to earn All-Rookie First Team honors and the first since Jason Kidd in 1994-95. Jay Vincent in 1981-82, Sam Perkins in 1984-85, Roy Tarpley in 1986-87, and Jamal Mashburn in 1993-94 are the only other Mavericks named to the All-Rookie First Team.