Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic is playing arguably the best basketball of his life right now. At just 23 years of age, the 6-foot-7 point guard is averaging an insane stat line of 33.4/8.9/8.3, breaking records left and right, and is carrying the Mavs on his back en route to a playoff spot.
Doncic has played in 46 games for the Mavs this season, averaging a career-high 36.8 minutes per game with one of the top usage rates in the league of 38.37%. His high usage has been a growing concern for Mark Cuban’s Mavs, as there is a glaring need for a better-supporting cast to put on the floor beside him.
While Cuban may actually recalibrate the roster according to Luka’s needs before the Feb 9 NBA Trade Deadline, Doncic has been relentlessly putting up astonishing numbers game after game. No wonder he’s also firmly in the MVP conversation. The Mavs currently sit 6th in the Western Conference with a 27-25 record.
How many points does Luka Doncic have this season?
The last game for the Mavs was a 111-105 win at home against the Detroit Pistons last night. In 36 minutes of play, Luka put up another elite performance, scoring 53 points to go with 8 rebounds and 5 assists. This 53-point outing marked Luka’s fourth 50-point game this season, putting him in some elite company.
This was Luka’s fourth 50-point game of the season.
These are the only other players in the last 50 years with four 50-point games before February 😳 pic.twitter.com/Nke1ZYzHqU
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) January 31, 2023
Doncic joined Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and James Harden as the only players to have four 50-point games in a season before February. That is highly impressive considering he has done it at such a young age. Doncic is averaging 33.4 points per game so far this season which is the second-highest in the league, trailing only Joel Embiid who is averaging 33.6 points per game.
On that pace, he currently has 1,538 points to his name this season. And the most impressive part is that he’s doing this with high efficiency, with a field goal percentage of 50.1%. The Mavs have needed every bit of these performances by Luka, as they have a 0-6 record without him this season.
The game against the Pistons saw Luka score 24 of his 53 points in the first quarter alone. He also drained a few clutch buckets near the end, preventing a Pistons’ comeback. Things even got a little chippy toward the end of the game as one of the Pistons’ assistant coaches got into an argument with Doncic, who has never been shy of answering back, be it with his mouth or with his play.
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