Luka Doncic of Slovenian origin went into the record books as the youngest player to ever to score a triple double of 30+ points, 20 rebounds and 10+ assists in a single game on Monday 4th August 2020. He came away from the game against the Sacramento Kings scoring 34 points, setting up 12 and an impressive 20 rebounds in a game the Mavericks won 114-110 in overtime. The reigning rookie of the year adds to another record he broke in 2019, when he dethroned Michael Jordan’s streak of 18 consecutive games with at least 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists by 1 more game. He also won player of the month in October and November and is currently averaging a whopping 29 points per game and is fifth on the MVP ranking.
At his young age the point guard seems destined for greatness, clinching his 10th, 30 point triple double this season, it is clear to see why. He is currently first on the triple-double leaderboard in the 19/20 season with 16. Trailing him in joint second are Lebron James and Nicola Jokic with 13 and Russell Westbrook in third with 8. At only 21, he has a total of 24 triple doubles and has already surpassed Kobe Bryant who had a total of 21 in his career. He is the current best player at the Mavericks and the reason for their future championship optimism, with many hoping he can inspire the team to a 2021 NBA title win.
The 21 year old point guard has been remarkable in his first season for the Mavericks after joining from the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for the draft rights to 21 year old Trae Young (another exciting young talent) and a protected future first round pick. Dallas seem to have driven a hard bargain considering Luka’s hair-raising displays this season.
The NBA resumed on 30th of July 2020 much to the delight of basketball fans around the world. Sporting activities were cleared to recommence in the US last week after the corona virus pandemic had brought them to a stop in March. The league has however picked its tempo right from where it was left off, and games are being played at Disney’s Orlando sports complex although fans can only enjoy the action from the comfort of their homes.