Luka Doncic continued his torrid start to his sophomore NBA season Monday night with another historic performance. The Dallas Mavericks guard set a career high with 42 points en route to becoming the youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double with at least 42 points scored. He is the 2nd youngest player ever to record a 40 point triple-double, behind only LeBron James. The 42 points also mark a career high for the young Slovenian, but it seems more than likely that the number won't stand for too long. The next 3 youngest players in NBA history to record a night like Luka had last night are named Magic, Isaiah, and Oscar. Not bad company.
Speaking of LeBron, the Los Angeles Lakers forward shared his feelings about Luka on his Instagram account after last night's performance,"He's one BAD MOFO!!!!!" Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle kept things a little more safe for the kids in his assessment, "This guy can do anything he wants to on a basketball court. He's having one of those magical runs right now. It's a phenomenal thing to watch. It's a phenomenal thing to be a part of.'' It's proving harder and harder to argue with either of these takes as Doncic leads a young Mavericks team to a 8-5 start in the tough Western Conference, while integrating ex-New York Knick Kristaps Porzingis into the offense.
After his 6th triple-double in the Mavericks first 13 games, Luka is now averaging 29.5 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 9.3 assists. Perhaps most frighteningly for anyone in the NBA not on the Dallas Mavericks, he is shooting worse from 3-point range so far this season compared to his rookie campaign - .314 vs. .327. If he begins returning toward that level, his scoring average could creep over 30, and if his assists pick up, he could flirt with averaging a triple-double and 30 points, at least for a part of the season. It's hard to imagine some front office executives in Phoenix and Sacramento aren't feeling some serious regret over their decisions in the 2018 draft.