Mavericks’ Luka Doncic: It would be a ‘huge accomplishment’ to win the NBA MVP award | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats & Rumors
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Entering his fifth NBA season, Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic is already a perennial contender for league MVP, and he should be a part of that conversation again.
Speaking to Malika Andrews on Thursday’s episode of NBA todayDoncic was asked how important it was for him to win an MVP award.
“If I could be named MVP it would be a huge accomplishment, I would be so happy,” said Doncic (2:52). “But, you never know. I hope I’m in this conversation.”
Doncic is coming off a strong showing in FIBA EuroBasket 2022, but Slovenia were knocked out in the quarter-finals by Poland in a surprising upset. He averaged 26.0 points, 7.7 rebounds and 6.6 assists in seven games during the tournament, including a 47-point outburst that is the second-highest total in league history. Europe.
While individual success is achievable, Doncic also told Andrews he has high expectations for the Mavs as a team.
“My hope is to reach the [NBA] The finals, first of all,” he said. “I know it’s going to be really, really difficult, but we have to believe in it, everyone has to believe in it. And if the whole team believes in it, then it can probably happen, but it’s going to be really tough.”
The 23-year-old is the Mavericks’ most important player. He led the team in averages of 28.4 points, 9.1 rebounds, 8.7 assists and 1.2 steals last season, but he’s also been hampered by injuries throughout the year. . Doncic missed 17 games in the regular season and three more in the playoffs, and the team went 10-10 in his absence.
Dallas was 52-30 and had a surprising run to the Western Conference Finals last season, but the team should be different this year. The Mavs lost second-leading scorer Jalen Brunson after signing with the New York Knicks as a free agent. They acquired promising 26-year-old forward Christian Wood from the Houston Rockets, but it remains to be seen how he will fit in with a ball-dominating guard like Doncic.
The Mavericks are set to start their season against the Phoenix Suns, who they beat in seven games in the conference final on Oct. 19.