Over the last several years, L.A. Clippers forward Paul George has established himself as one of the elite players in the league. He is widely regarded as being one of the best two-way talents, which has given much credence his opinion on his peers. With that said, the continual rise of Dallas Mavericks’ second-year forward Luka Doncic has caught the attention of many other players. George is the latest to voice much praise towards the extraordinarily talented 20-year-old.
Luka Doncic’s breakout campaign
In his second season in the league, Doncic has taken another tremendous leap forward in his performance on the court while leading the Mavericks to a large amount of success.
He has put himself on pace to average a triple-double potentially, currently posting 30.1 points, 10.0 rebounds and 9.5 assists while shooting 48.5 percent from the floor. That includes him tallying 12 double-doubles with seven triple-doubles while he owns the NBA mark with 15 triple-doubles before age 21.
Doncic has added several other remarkable feats to his NBA resume, such as posting points than Kobe Bryant, more rebounds than Kevin Garnett, and more assists than LeBron James through his first 88 career games. His record-breaking production has many of his peers, such as James, in awe of his talent.
His play has also left a strong impression on one Clippers star to voice strong praise in his direction.
Paul George’s rave recognition
The Clippers took care of business on the road against the Mavericks on Tuesday night to grab their sixth straight win.
It was a convincing win, but it didn’t take away from the strong reverence towards Doncic from George that he sees a bright future ahead of him, according to Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News.
What has been most promising in players like George’s eyes is that Doncic has reached this high level of play at his young age. He has elevated himself towards being one of the most talented players in the league in just his second year, while still being years away from reaching his physical prime.
That puts the next level of his development into a higher stratosphere, where he could potentially be on pace to put forth a Hall of Fame career down the line. What has been most telling is that his peers, such as George, James, and Kawhi Leonard, have given that type of recognition that only speaks volumes to what they see ahead of him.
Luka Doncic en route to MVP award this season?
Doncic’s strong start combined with the Mavericks’ early-season success has thrust him into the talk around the MVP award. There are several other players such as LeBron James, James Harden, and Giannis Antetokounmpo, who have all made strong early bids for the honor.
Doncic has continued to put his name in the record books behind his all-around performance that could see him average a triple-double. If he keeps up this pace, there could be several more marks that he could add to his resume this season that could help make him the youngest player to win the MVP award.
The road won’t be easy as James is putting together a remarkable 17th campaign that where he has proven that he’s still at the top of his game while currently leading the league in assists. Meanwhile, Harden has taken his scoring up another notch with a league-best 37.9 points. Antetokounmpo has taken that same route as his overall production while leading the Milwaukee Bucks to the best mark in the Eastern Conference.
It may be quite early in the season, but it’s clear that Doncic is making headway towards being recognized as an elite player in the NBA.