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Why Luka Doncic is Already a First-Ballot Hall-of-Famer

Luka Doncic just led his Dallas Mavericks to the NBA Finals. He captured the Magic Johnson Award as the Western Conference Finals MVP and has short NBA odds to be the Finals MVP. Doncic added to a stacked resume, which includes five All-NBA First Team selections, five All-Star appearances, the Rookie of the Year award and a scoring title. And that’s not even mentioning his international achievements.

So it’s not a hot take to suggest that Doncic is already an NBA Hall of Famer. Win or lose against Boston in the Finals, Doncic could say “see ya!” and be enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Why Luka Doncic is Already a First-Ballot Hall-of-Famer
Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks - David Berding/Getty Images/AFP

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Move Over Jokic, Doncic is the NBA’s Best Player

Doncic has no MVPs to his name (just yet). But he’s already authoring one of the most memorable NBA postseason runs. He’s hit game-winners, leads the playoffs in assists per game (8.8), and has scored 30-plus points in eight of the 17 games. Moreover, Dallas is 7-1 when he hits this mark.

 

Stats also can’t quantify everything Doncic is doing. But on top of averaging a whopping 31.1 points in his playoff career, he’s exuded the fiery competitiveness we have not seen since Kobe Bryant. And he is the NBA’s best guard since the late great legend. Bryant won only one MVP in his career. But he is widely regarded as the best player of his era.

What makes Luka Doncic so compelling is the same thing that makes the playground bully so compelling: there’s a perverse joy in watching him work, but you’re just praying it doesn’t happen to you,” writer Matthew Roberson wrote for GQ Sports.

In that respect, Doncic is cut from the same cloth as guys like Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, and dare we say Michael Jordan. All generational talents, all respected by their peers, but also someone their peers would tell you is a grade-A meanie.

That’s the type of superstar that carries his team to a title. In this respect, he’s already better than Kevin Durant or James Harden as neither has shown this same energy in the playoffs. And he’s also better than the majority of the players in the Hall.

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Mind-Blowing Facts You Can’t Deny about Doncic

Did you know that Luka Doncic already has more All-NBA First-Team selections than Steph Curry, Dirk Nowitzki, Moses Malone, and the aforementioned Garnett? These all-time greats have combined for seven MVPs, seven NBA titles and three Finals MVPs. And Doncic is only 25 years old.

Do you know who else was destroying the NBA when they were 25? Michael Jordan. The greatest player of all time averaged 37.1 points and then 35 points in consecutive seasons as he captured his first MVP award. Doncic may not have had Jordan’s defense, who also captured the Defensive Player of the Year Award, but he’s growing in that department.

On top of that, Doncic has already set numerous NBA records:

  • Youngest NBA player to lead the league in triple-doubles at 21 years, 168 days (Magic Johnson was the previous record-holder)
  • First player since Tim Duncan to be selected to the All-NBA First Team in his first or second season
  • Fourth player to score 73+ points after Wilt Chamberlain, David Thompson, and Kobe Bryant
  • Most points scored in an NBA playoff debut with 42
  • Youngest NBA player to record a 40-point triple-double in a playoff game (21 years, 177 days)
  • First player to lead the playoffs in points, rebounds and assists entering the NBA Finals

 

Doncic already has a better resume than most all-time greats. Should he win the NBA title, in what would be an upset per the online sports betting odds, he’ll be a contender for an even bigger title: the greatest NBA player of all time.

 

 

Odds and information are accurate at the time of writing. Please check with official sources for the latest updates before placing any bets.

 

Questions of the Day

What are Luka Doncic’s Finals MVP odds?


The BetUS sportsbook lists Luka Doncic with +210 odds to win Finals MVP. This is the shortest for Mavericks players.

What is Luka Doncic’s career scoring average?


Doncic averages 28.7 points in 400 career regular-season games in the NBA. In the playoffs, he averages 31.1 points in 45 contests.

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