Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic currently leads the NBA with nine triple-doubles to this point in the 2019-20 NBA season. It’s a mark that places him ahead of LeBron James and Nikola Jokic (seven each) and Russell Westbrook (six), per Hashtag Basketball.
Doncic and LeBron James are the only two players in NBA history to post a 40-point triple-double before turning 21. Still, Doncic is in a lane of his own because he was able to achieve the feat twice while James was only able to register one.
Mavericks Coach Rick Carlisle thinks Doncic is an attraction everywhere he goes.
“He’s a lightning bolt everywhere; this is not new territory for him, or for us,” Carlisle said. “He’s one of the most popular players in the world. He’s one of the best players in the world. So he creates a lot of excitement wherever he goes.”
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NBA Analyst Thinks Doncic Is a Younger Version of LeBron James
During an appearance on ESPN’s The Jump, NBA analyst, and former player Kendrick Perkins was asked by Rachel Nichols how much fun it would have to be playing alongside Doncic.
Perkins replied, “I would love it. I mean, he is a baby LeBron [James] minus the hops, right? I’m just talking overall I would love with Luka. He is a winner, his basketball IQ is through the roof and listen, the sky is the limit for this kid,” Perkins said.
Doug Christie & Shawn Marion on Luka Doncic
Before last a Mavericks game earlier this season against the Sacramento Kings, I spoke with the team’s former guard Doug Christie about the year Doncic is having thus far.
“You know, he has been improved to watch what he has been able to do. I think he learned a lot from last year, and you can tell he has put in the tremendous work amount of work. I think the biggest part of his game is the ability to knock down the three-ball at a high clip. On a night to nightly basis, he is scoring 20, 22, 25 points, but when he is knocking down the three-ball, he is scoring 30, 40 points, and obviously the ability to rebound the basketball and the unselfishness to find his teammates he has an extremely high usage rate,” Christie told me.
“So, he has the ball in his hands a lot and when you have that sometimes we see it with James Harden, Russell Westbrook, Giannis Antetokounmpo, those type players. If they don’t get their teammates involved, it could be tough for them, but he [Doncic] definitely gets the rest of his team involved, and when that happens, they are really tough to beat,” said Christie.
During a Fox Sports Southwest broadcast in Mexico City this season, former Mavericks forward Shawn Marion joined and answered a few questions. This included the topic of how he would guard Doncic back in his prime.
“I would crowd him, and I’m going to play hard to that left stepback. He doesn’t really make that move to the right as much I’ve seen him do it. A little bit, but he is not as effective going right as he is going to his left with that step back,” said Marion.
He would continue:
“He had an amazing year last year, but he has taken it to another level this year, and he gave us a glimpse last season. He had a triple-double here and there. This year he is averaging nearly a triple doing it so effectively, and it is amazing to watch,” Marion said.