Doncic, with his knee touched, does not want to stop: do you see the Rookie of the Year in jeopardy?

The Mavs has confirmed that he is not 100% but he wants to play all the matches. Young's final sprint can open a prize that seemed closed.


The last match of the Mavericks was one of the worst of Luka Doncic this year: 12 points, with 5/18 in field goals, 1/7 in triples and 9 losses. He also took 6 rebounds, gave 7 assists and put 2 blocks, but it was clear that he did not have the explosiveness and clarity of ideas for much of his season. He himself confirmed it afterwards: "Honestly, I'm not 100%, but I always want to play, although now we're not playing too much, I want to play every game" .

Just before that game the Slovenian explained that in the previous match he had felt a "pop" on his knee, something that matches his claim of not being in the best physical shape possible. Any player in their situation and being in a team whose only objective is to lose the more better (to try to take one of the first five drafts and thus prevent it from going to Atlanta) what it would do is stop. Do not risk anything your physique, leave all the time that was necessary for your recovery and return when you can. And if it's next season, nothing would happen either.

But Doncic is not just playing for his team. Right now he is playing for himself and for being named the best rookie of the year in NBA. The Rookie of the Year, a prize with a lot of character and one of the great goals of the debutants that from almost the beginning of the season seemed that it was going to fall into their hands without discussion. Your averages of 20.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 5.6 assists have only been achieved by two rookies in history: Oscar Robertson and Michael Jordan. What greater reason than that for him to get the award?

Actual is that there is a feeling that the ex of Real Madrid has lowered its benefits. A little due to the belief that all debutants have a moment of slump during its first season, the famous rookie wall, and another bit because we are already used to its large numbers and has stopped looking like something out of the ordinary. But the data contradict this theory. For example, in the six matches played in the month of March their averages are still very similar: 20.6 points, 8.3 rebounds and 5.1 assists. And in February he averaged 24.4 points, 9.4 rebounds and 7.4 assists, an outrageous barbarity.

The problem, if there is one (and the rumor begins in the United States that there may be) is that the Mavs have been thrown to lose without control and that his maximum rival takes time playing the best basketball of the season. This is Trae Young, the base of the Atlanta Hawks that Dallas exchanged for Doncic on the same night of the 2018 draft and he is playing at a tremendous level. And also accompanied by victories of his team, something that lately can not boast the Slovenian.

22.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 8.8 assists in March, 23.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 9, 3 assists in February. In both cases clearly above its 18.3 + 3.5 + 7.8 average season. This high of Young, who is not only noticing in the numbers but also in his game, is making his candidacy begin to gain followers in the final sprint. Something that could increase if the Hawks finish passing in the classification to the Mavs, right now fifth and sixth by the tail respectively with a distance of five parties between both. In the face of the draft, Texans are interested in that happening, while those in Georgia do not. We will see who is stronger to achieve their goals.

In that war between Dallas and Atlanta you can also play the Rookie of the Year. Doncic continues having several bodies of advantage in this race, but the simple fact that Young has managed to open the debate, even minimally, makes the ex of Real Madrid have to be alert until the last day of the regular season.



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