NBA Basketball News: Luka Doncic Matches Oscar Robertson and LeBron James With Incredible Career Stat

Published 05/10/2021, 2:02 AM EDT
Apr 14, 2021; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) shoots a three-point basket against the Memphis Grizzlies as time expired in the fourth quarter at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports


Luka Doncic might be one of the best young players in recent NBA history. The 22 year old Slovenian has been in the league for three years now. And in that time, he’s already won Rookie of the Year, been a multiple-time All-Star, and made an All-NBA team. Doncic continues to make history and blaze his own trail. And now, he has matched two NBA greats with an incredible career stat.

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Luka Doncic matches LBJ and Oscar Robertson

Luka Doncic was ejected from the Dallas Mavericks‘ game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. But that didn’t stop him from making history before walking off the court.

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Doncic matched Oscar Robertson and LeBron James by scoring 5000 points, 1500 rebounds, and 1500 assists in his first three seasons. Furthermore, he went one better by matching Robertson by achieving the points and assists goal listed above in less than 200 games.

April 27, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) celebrates against the Golden State Warriors during the third quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
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Doncic matching these records is just another indictment of his talent. Many consider Doncic one of the future faces of the NBA. When players like LeBron James and Kevin Durant walk away, the league will focus on players like Luka and Zion Williamson.

But Doncic still has a long way to go in his development. His instant impact has been incredible, and his experience playing professional basketball with Real Madrid at a young age has really helped his development.

Doncic couldn’t clinch MVP this year

Doncic continues to impress, but this season hasn’t gone the way many expected. Many people had Luka Doncic as their favorite to win the MVP title this year.

And while his numbers merit those expectations, the Dallas Mavericks have struggled for much of the season. The Lakers’ slump has allowed the Mavericks to move up the rankings, and they currently hold the fifth seed in the West with just a week of basketball left to play.

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May 6, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) shoots as Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant (7) defends during the first quarter at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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Can Luka Doncic lead the Dallas Mavericks to playoff success this year? He will be looking to improve on his playoff record this year.

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However, the rest of the Dallas Mavericks need to step up their game too. Kristaps Porzingis has been inconsistent so far this season.

And their role players haven’t lived up to expectations. The loss of Seth Curry is proving to be expensive, as Josh Richardson has not had the same kind of impact.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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