NBA MVP Special: The Rise of Luka Doncic
The 2019 NBA season has??seen some surprises to begin the year but none more shocking compared to Dallas Mavericks forward, Luka Doncic’s ascension.
The trajectory has placed him firmly in the conversation to the NBA’s Most Valuable Player and oddsmakers have needed to move fast to reduce vulnerability and??adjust??his odds.
Before the start of the season, Doncic was +5000 to acquire MVP, which was 16th on the oddsboard and just behind Kemba Walker and Donovan Mitchell. In our MVP update on November 18th, the odds of Doncic were down to +1600 as he has turned into a one-man wrecking team on crime and pacing the Mavericks in virtually every offensive category.
Now, coming off a 41 points, 10 assists and six rebounds performance versus the Rockets on November 24th, Doncic has firmly made it famous to players who he has a severe threat to Giannis Antetokounmpo and James Harden to win MVP along with his odds all of the way down to +450 at BetWay.
As of November 25th, Doncic is averaging 30.6 points per game (ranked second in NBA), 10.1 rebounds (ranked 12th), 9.8 aids (ranked second), 33.35 in PER (ranked first) with??the Mavericks at??11-5 SU at 16 games.
Yes, an NBA player has won the Most Valuable Player trophy in his next season but you have to go all the way back to discover that accomplishment.
Famously called Kareem Abdul-Jabaar, or lew Alcindor, took the equipment and now is just one of four players to win MVP within his first two seasons in the league. Here are the four players to ever accomplish that feat:
That is it. That’s the list. All four were centers and depending on how you rank all-time NBA players, three of them are to choose the court.
If Luka was to pull this off, which is a pretty big longshot regardless of the +450 odds, he’d join a bunch of players that have a 16 MVP prizes and 14 NBA Championships. Doncic would also be the youngest recipient of the NBA Most Valuable Player award with Derrick Rose holding the record at 22-years-old and six months.