The lead he’s constructed is impressive given the potency of this freshman class while it might be premature to declare Luka Doncic this year’s Rookie of the Year.
The 20-year-old is currently keeping historic company. He would join Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson since the two rookies to average 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists if the effort closed now. He blown projections that were optimistic about his NBA-ready abilities from the water. The Dallas Mavericks, however, did not stop at one unicorn. They rolled the dice onto a second before this deadline, landing 7’3″ shot-blocker and three-point sniper Kristaps Porzingis. Sure, he’s coming off an ACL tear and will not play this season, before going down, but he do things.
Pairing Doncic and Porzingis together gives Dallas its blueprint for the post-Dirk Nowitzki age, and the ceiling is currently high enough to turn that strategy.
“Dallas now has two gamers under the age of 25 who could be the best two players on a tournament team,” The Ringer’s Jonathan Tjarks wrote. “Just about every team in the league would kill for that chance.”
The Mavs also generated major spending money for this summer, and their pick could be kept by a fortunate bounce of a couple of balls . While factoring in the dangers a restricted free agent this offseason, Dallas’ future seems blindingly bright.
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