NBA analysts agree: Dallas Mavs’ Luka Doncic favorite to win MVP

Luka Doncic rocked it all in the FIBA ​​EuroBasket rounds. He has scored 36, 47 and 35 points respectively in the last three games.

His 47-point performance was the second-highest in EuroBasket history and the most points by a single player in the past 65 years.

Can his recent international success translate into an MVP-style NBA season? Although they appear to be in arguably the best shape of his career, should the Dallas Mavericks still be worried about his stamina?

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst gave his thoughts on the former, as he discussed Doncic’s recent success with Slovenia.

“It’s a vintage performance from Luka, he’s going to do it all through the NBA season, he’s going to have a great chance to get that first MVP,” Windhorst said. “Luka, all eyes are going to be on him.”

Last month, ESPN mentioned Doncic in various surveys. Some of these categories included “Who will be the best player in the NBA in five years?”, where Doncic placed second on the list, and “Favorites MVP”, where he also came second, one point behind Giannis Antetokounmpo – who had a heck of a EuroBasket race as well with Greece.

Other surveys also put Doncic at the top of the list, as Forbes magazine and FanDuel Sportsbook have the Mavs star with the best chance of winning the MVP award.

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“I think for the Mavericks to be successful, Luka will have to do something that Oscar Robertson, Russell Westbrook did, and that’s have a rare 30-10 assist season,” Marc J Spears said. “I think he’s definitely capable of doing that.”

In the final month of the 2021-22 season, Doncic averaged 31.9 points and 10.2 assists as the Mavs gained home-court advantage in the playoffs for the first time ever. of a decade.

At the start of the year, he came close to averaging a triple-double, averaging 25.6 points, 10.1 rebounds and 9.5 assists.

Last season, Doncic broke his single-season double-double record, finishing the season with 44. For comparison, reigning two-time MVP Nikola Jokic finished with 66.

Doncic will still need to step it up a notch if he hopes to win MVP and have the Mavs compete for a title like they were last season. All pre-season indications indicate that Doncic is supposed to have one of the best years of his young career.


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