The lead is nonetheless impressive given the potency of the freshman class, When it may be early to declare Luka Doncic this year’s Rookie of the Year.
The 20-year-old is keeping historic firm. If the campaign closed now, he’d join Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson as the two rookies to average 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists. He has even ignored projections that were optimistic . The Dallas Mavericks, however, didn’t stop at the same unicorn. They rolled the dice on another ahead of this deadline, landing 7’3″ shot-blocker and three-point sniper Kristaps Porzingis. Sure, he’s coming off an ACL tear and will not play with this year, but he had been doing things before heading down.
Pairing Doncic and Porzingis gives Dallas its long-awaited blueprint for its post-Dirk Nowitzki era, and the ceiling is high enough to turn that strategy.
“Dallas now has two gamers under the age of 25 who could be the best two players on a championship team,” The Ringer’s Jonathan Tjarks wrote. “Just about every team in the league would kill for that chance.”
The Mavs also generated spending cash and also a bounce of a few ping-pong balls could retain their top-five-protected pick from the Hawks. While factoring in the risks a free agent this offseason, Dallas’ future looks blindingly bright.
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