Mavericks guard Luka Doncic won the Western Conference Player of the Week award, the NBA announced Monday. It is the first time Doncic has won the award this season and the 10th time in his career.
Dallas went 3-1 last week and Doncic was brilliant throughout. He averaged 36.8 points, 8.0 rebounds, 11.5 assists, and 1.5 steals in the four games the Mavericks played last week. The Mavericks took down the Grizzlies, Lakers, and Trail Blazers. Their only loss was against the West-leading Timberwolves.
This is all part of what’s shaping up to be an amazing December for Doncic. He and his partner announced their newborn baby on Dec. 1, and in the games following, he’s been lighting up the scoreboard. Doncic is averaging 36.4 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 12.1 assists per game in the month of December, where the Mavericks are 5-2, helping push them into third place in the Western Conference at 16-9.
Doncic has done all of this while the Mavericks have delt with a slew of injuries. Guard Kyrie Irving has missed the last four games with a right heel contusion, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Grant Williams have missed a handful of games in the last two weeks and Josh Green and Maxi Kleber are out indefinitely with injuries to their elbow and toe, respectively. To add to it, standout rookie center Dereck Lively sprained his ankle on Saturday against the Trail Blazers, so Doncic’s superhuman act will have to continue if the Mavericks want to keep winning.