As if written in stone Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic is named the 2019 NBA Rookie of the Year. The TNT crew announced all NBA awards finalist before game 2 of Eastern Conference Finals. On June 24th, during the NBA’s award show the Slovenian rookie was given the honor by recent NBA lottery pick, RJ Barret and comedic actress Tiffany Haddish. With Doncic winning the award, he is now the first Maverick to win since Jason Kidd shared the trophy in 1995.
Luka is one of the league’s rising stars thanks to all the things he can do on the court but how does he stack up against his compatriots? Of the three finalists, he played the second most game, 72. He led all rookies in minutes, points, field goal attempts, three-point attempts, free throws made and attempted per game, triple-doubles, and total fantasy points.
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Where he falls short against the other finalist, Trae Young and DeAndre Ayton, are rebounds, total points scored, free throw percentage, assists, blocks, and wins.
The Mavericks rookie may have a leg up on the competition thanks to his media presence. He’s the heir to Dirk’s throne and Rookie of the Year crown would mark the beginning of his rule.
Doncic is the first European player since Pau Gasol to win the award. Doncic averaged 21.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 6 assist. Congratulations Luka, there’s more hardware to come.