LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – DECEMBER 01: Luka Doncic #77 of the Dallas Mavericks drives around LeBron … [+]
To the surprise of no one who has been paying attention, the Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic has been named the NBA Western Conference Player of the Month for November and October.
Doncic is coming off a “November to Remember” in which he averaged 32.4 points, 10.3 rebounds and 10.4 assists in 14 games. The Mavericks opened the season with four games in October in which Doncic averaged 25.0 points with almost 9 rebounds and 7 assists per game. But that proved only an appetizer for November during which he joined Oscar Robertson and Russell Westbrook as only players in NBA history to average a 30-point triple-double in a calendar month during which they played at least 10 games.
Doncic began his December campaign with 27 points, 9 rebounds and 10 assists in a Mavericks victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. Overall, Doncic ranks third in the NBA in scoring, second in assists and 15th in rebounding, He’s also tied tor 12th in steals with 1.53 per game.
At 20 years and 10 months, Doncic, who is from Slovenia and prepped in the EuroLeague, is the youngest Western Conference Player of the Month since the NBA first issued the award by conference in 2001-2002.
Not bad a bad start to the 6-7 Doncic’s second NBA season after he won the league’s Rookie of the Year award in 2018-2019. He’s listed as a “point guard” but he has proven to be so much more.
The last Maverick to win the Player of the Month award was Dirk Nowitzki in April 2009. He won it five times solo and once as part of a 2002 troika that included Steve Nash and Michael Finley. Mark Aguirre. The only other Maverick to be so honored by the league was Mark Aguirre in January, 1984.