Luka Doncic Joins Michael Jordan in Rare Elite Record Amid Heartbreaker Season End and Future Woes Looming

Published 04/10/2023, 7:50 AM EDT

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Things are far from good for the Dallas Mavericks and their supporters. The side that houses talents like Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving, the same side that made it to the Western Conference Finals last season, has now retreated from the stage, failing to make it to the postseason. Adding to the woes of the fans, this plight befell Luka Doncic, in spite of his impressive performances. However, on the back of his individual performance, the Slovenian has achieved a rare feat this season and joined the legendary Michael Jordan.

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Michael Jordan has accomplished innumerable legendary feats during his illustrious NBA career. One such iconic feat of the Chicago Bulls legend remained unparalleled for decades until Luka Doncic stepped up to join the 6x-NBA champion in a rare and elite record.

Luka Doncic accomplishes a rare feat amidst tumultuous times

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Luka Doncic has not been having a joyous ride in the league. The Mavericks centerpiece has invited tremendous backlash from the NBA community for his defensive shortcomings. Adding insult to his injury, several fans and even NBA veterans have called out Doncic’s fitness. Moreover, his back-to-back stellar displays failed to prove beneficial for the side. Throwing things further out of the kilter for the fans, bizarre rumors on the European’s future have been circulating on the web. Nonetheless, the Mavericks icon has been putting in impressive numbers this season, replicating prime Michael Jordan.

This season, Doncic has averaged 32.4 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 8.0 assists. With this consistent display, the 4x NBA-All Star has achieved a record that Michael Jordan had exclusively held. The Bulls legend averaged 32.5 ppg, 8.0 RPG, and 8.0 APG in the 1988-89 season. Now, Luka Doncic and Michael Jordan are the only players in the history of the NBA to tally these numbers per game and accomplish the elite record.

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During the 1988-89 season, Michael Jordan also failed to win the NBA championship in spite of putting out such great numbers. And, Jordan had to wait another season to taste championship glory. Likewise, Luka Doncic has also claimed the record without reaching the championship ring. However, fans doubt whether Doncic will stay with the Mavericks to pursue silverware like Jordan had stayed with the Bulls.

Doncic’s future in dubious light

Aggravating the woes of the fans who were already taunted by the Mavericks’ lackluster campaign, it has been recently rumored that Doncic will request a trade from the Dallas side. Reports suggested that the 2019 Rookie of the Year will request his side to trade him out in the summer of 2024. This most unwelcome news wreaked havoc on the Mavericks fandom.

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Apart from the rumors on Doncic’s future, fans had also speculated that Kyrie Irving might also leave Dallas. Though Irving once made it clear that he has long-term plans with the franchise, an unconvinced set of fans stormed social media and expressed their woes. Nevertheless, Doncic’s rare feat might come down as an occasional episode of happiness for the Mavs supporters.

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Krishna Prasad is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He holds professional qualifications in English and Journalism from reputed institutions. As a trained reporter, Krishna's intense passion for sports writing prompted him to become an NBA journalist.
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