Behind The Numbers: Luka Doncic’s Runaway ROTY Case

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The Dallas Mavericks may not be in the playoff picture, but rookie Luka Doncic is putting together a historic rookie season. The Slovenian prospect was drafted with the 3rd overall pick, and has filled our social media timelines with highlights since entering the league. Here are where the numbers stand:

3

Scoring seems to be the most important aspect to fans, and Luka Doncic does that extremely well. In every game aside 3, Doncic has scored 10+ points. He leads all rookies with 19.8 points per game, and leads the Mavericks in that very category.

With increasing minutes will come an increase in scoring volume. Doncic is the most pro-ready rookie at this current moment, and is built to shoot from just about any point on the court.

84

The gap between Luka Doncic and the rest of the 2019 rookie class is almost humorous. In fact, Doncic contains 84 points more than the next-closest rookie, which happens to be Phoenix Suns’ Deandre Ayton. To add onto that, Doncic holds 20 more 3PM, and has shot 79 more free throws than any other rookie this year.

There really isn’t an argument for anyone else to emerge as the NBA Rookie of the Year, pending any injuries or setbacks for Doncic. His ability to make an impact on the court has been made known since the start of the season, and that will continue heading into future seasons.

2004

In Friday’s victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves, Luka Doncic put up 29 points, 8 rebounds, and 10 assists. In result, the rookie became the youngest player with at least 25 points and 10 assists since LeBron James in 2004. Turning 20 in February, this is a remarkable stat for someone so young.

While we can’t claim Doncic will hold the same magnitude as ‘King James’, his immediate impact on the Dallas Mavericks has been astonishing.

2,220,077

This large quantity doesn’t represent the amount of points Doncic may eventually wind up with, but instead details the number of fan votes he has received for the annual NBA All-Star game. This details the 2nd return of fan votes, as more support will continue to mount for the rookie.

The total number of votes for Doncic is more than superstars in Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, and James Harden. In fact, the only players Doncic trails in the fan vote are LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, and Kyrie Irving.

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