Luka Doncic Set to Surpass Michael Jordan in an Incredible NBA Record

Published 01/17/2021, 6:00 AM EST
Jan 1, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) celebrates during the second quarter against the Miami Heat at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


Luka Doncic just can’t keep himself away from all the media attention, even when he is not playing. This time it is for tying the godfather of basketball, Michael Jordan.

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Recently, the Slovenian was part of the Dallas Mavericks‘ 109-112 defeat at the hands of the Milwaukee Bucks. And his stat line after the game read – 28 points, 13 assists, and 9 rebounds. However, the score-keeper had made an error as he failed to credit Luka Doncic for his involvement in the final play.

With a second to go on the shot-clock, Brook Lopez missed a free throw. Luka was on hand to grab the rebound and attempted a 3-point buzzer-beater from his own half-court. Though he missed his mark, he still took the rebound, but it did not reflect on his stat sheet.

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So, after a review by the league last night, they added it to his kitty. This was his 10th rebound, which meant another triple-double to his name. In the process, he equaled Michael Jordan for the 16th most Triple-Double in NBA history.

Luka can thank his loyal fanbase for this one who got it trending on Twitter after the game and forced the hands of the official. Looks like his fans are as eagle-eyed as him when it comes to spotting a play.

How far can Luka Doncic go?

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This triple-double list is headed by Oscar Robertson who has a monstrous 181 such games to his name. Russell Westbrook is the only current player who is closest to the Big O with 150 Triple-Doubles. While LeBron James has 95.

Luka is far off them right now with 28 but he is only in his 3rd season. He has a long way to go and by the end of the season, he can be on the fringes of the top-10. He could dislodge F. Lever who has 43 with the speed with which he is accumulating this unique stat figure.

Dec 17, 2020; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) in action during the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Minnesota Timberwolves at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

But this may not be the thing at the forefront of his mind. He wants to win, and that was clear with his reaction to the loss against the Bucks. They face the Chicago Bulls next. Another opportunity to win, get a triple-double, and further his legacy.

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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