Dallas Mavericks: Luka Doncic has to be in MVP Conversation Right Now

At 11-5, the Dallas Mavericks are 4th in the Western Conference and have received big contributions from Luka Doncic.

The 20-year old has to be in the MVP conversation in the NBA with his stellar play lighting up opposing defenses.

Doncic is averaging just over 30 points per game to go along with about 10 rebounds and 9.8 assists.

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The 6′, 7″ Slovenian has been unstoppable so far this season as he has scored at least 30 points in his past four games.

Luka Doncic has shown up against playoff-caliber teams such as Houston and Boston. He also has four triple-doubles and is clearly on a path for more in the near future.

No one expects much from Dallas this season, even with Golden State using a bunch of backups every night and San Antonio struggling to win games.

With everyone focused on the LA Lakers and Clippers, there is less pressure on the Mavs, which makes it easier to play the game.

Out of all the teams in the NBA, Dallas was definitely flying under the radar more than they should have.

However, that doesn’t take away anything from Doncic and his stellar play. His running mate, Kristaps Porzingis isn’t lighting up the stat sheet consistently.

Doncic is second in the league in points per game and ranks 9th in defensive rebounds per contest.

I know Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James are grabbing headlines, but they have a better team than the one surrounding Doncic.

Doncic is leading the Mavs to wins and continues to make plays while providing energy for his team.

Dallas has won five straight games and if Doncic can keep up the good work while improving on his three-point shot then he should be as close to a lock as you can have for the MVP award in the NBA.

Other candidates

I can’t put Kawhi Leonard as the MVP favorite right now, in part because he takes days off and lets his team lose games.

Yeah, it’s important for Leonard to stay healthy, but how can you put him ahead of Doncic, who plays every day and is guiding Dallas to a playoff spot.

Yes, when the Clips lose games when Leonard takes games off, it further enhances his chances in some regard. However, it’s important for Leonard to make a positive impact at the level Doncic is for his team in order to improve his chances for MVP.

LeBron James has the benefit of playing with Anthony Davis and a group of good veteran role players across the board.

James is doing whatever he wants on the floor and has led the Lakers to a hot start to the season and the purple and gold will clearly make the postseason this year.

James Harden is a fantasy basketball stud and is doing a lot for Houston this year.

Harden is averaging 32 points and leads the NBA in assists with 11. He also is adjusting to having Russell Westbrook on his team. Even though having another star is a benefit for Houston, it doesn’t necessarily help Harden’s MVP chances.

Who do you think should be the NBA MVP favorite right now? Leave a comment below.

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