We Haven’t Seen Anyone Like Luka Doncic Since LeBron James | Jared Dubin
Only two NBA players are averaging at least 25 points, 7.5 rebounds and 7.5 assists per game this season. One of them — surprise, surprise — is the Lakers’ LeBron James. LeBron has had himself a long career during which he has dominated every inch of the floor for a very long time. He arguably has the most varied skill set in the history of the game, and it has earned him career averages of 27.1 points, 7.4 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game. This is just kind of what he does; it’s his version of normal.
The other player averaging at least 25, 7.5 and 7.5 is 20-year-old Luka Dončić of the Mavericks. That is not normal; that is special. The complete list of players ever to average 25, 7.5 and 7.5 over a single season looks like this: LeBron, Oscar Robertson (six times), Russell Westbrook (twice), Larry Bird, James Harden and Michael Jordan. None of those legends was as young as Dončić.
After every Dallas Mavericks game this season, I keep telling my wife, “Luka is special. He's really good!” At this early in the NBA season, my wife is probably already tired of hearing that from me.
I also recently told my friends, “Luka Doncic is like the finesse version of Lebron James.” Unsurprisingly, someone else has noticed the similarities and provided some data to back up that statement.
It might be too early to say, but I think Luka Doncic is the future of the NBA.