It is becoming more common in the United States that the name of Luka Doncic appears next to others like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan or Magic Johnson. The Slovenian has become the first rookie since LeBron in 2004 to star in a game with more than 25 points and 10 assists. It was in Minnesota against the Timberwolves. There were less than two minutes remaining and the Mavericks were in critical condition. Balls to Doncic. He wrote down the last seven points of his team and each one with a different invoice. A little bomb, a dunk and a triple to win (115-119) and leave the Mavs to three wins of the eighth place that gives access to the playoffs in the Western Conference. Since the last century, with Vince Carter in the Raptors in 1999, there was not a rookie to solve a game that way.
The numbers speak of 29 points, 8 rebounds and 12 assists. His role in Texans goes further. The team is increasingly dedicated to him and his response has made him one of the most decisive players in the league in the final minutes of the matches. "If I were ten years younger, we would be crazy as a couple," says the 40-year-old Dirk Nowitzki, who acts as godfather in Dallas. The one that was going to be his great rival in the fight for the Rookie of the Year award, Deandre Ayton, has already surrendered to the exmadridista: «He does not seem a rookie, he is a beast». Named rookie of the month in November and December, he has started January on his way to his third consecutive election as rookie of the month.
«Luka has earned his reputation. If when you've only been in the league for a few months, they already know you by name, it's a great sign, "says Nowitzki proudly of the fourth most-voted player for the All-Star Game. The support of the fans after the first two votes has impacted the United States. In the West, only LeBron surpasses him. And throughout the League only James, Antetokounmpo and Kyrie Irving have received more votes than him. Stephen Curry leads him in more than 100,000; Durant and Harden get more than half a million; Anthony Davis almost 700,000; to Westbrook almost 800,000 ... There are still nine days left for the vote of the fans that represents 50 percent of the vote. A 25 is of the own players of the League and the remaining 25 percent, of journalists who cover the NBA. Closed the votes the two most voted players of each Conference will choose the members of their teams regardless of the Conference to which they belong. The ownership of Doncic is not guaranteed, but its presence is almost certain.
Luka could be the second player in history to play an All-Star with less than 20 years. Who was the other? A certain Kobe Bryant. The small list of rookies who were starters - only 16 in the entire history of the NBA - scares: Bob Cousy, Elgin Baylor, Oscar Robertson, Wilt Chamberlain, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal ... Excompañeros his in the Madrid and Felipe Reyes have already shown their support: "But how are we not going to vote for this genius for the All-Star?" Also Rudy: «We already said that Luka was a special player and he deserves to enter the story». He does not forget his most recent past and this week when he saw a young amateur with his Madrid shirt in the pavilion he gave her his shoes. Returning to Nowitzki: «Luka has earned his reputation. If when you have only been in the League for a few months, they already know you by name, it is a great sign ». The Mavericks have even decided to register a nickname for Doncic. The Slovenian has been baptized for commercial purposes as "El Matador". He, meanwhile, keeps deciding games.