The guide is impressive given the potency of this freshman class, When it might be premature to declare Luka Doncic this season’s Rookie of the Year.
The 20-year-old is already keeping company. He would join Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson since the two rookies to average 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists if the campaign closed today. He’s even blown optimistic projections about his NBA-ready skills from the water. The Dallas Mavericks, though, did not stop at the same unicorn. They rolled the dice on a second before the deadline, landing 7’3″ shot-blocker and three-point sniper Kristaps Porzingis. Sure, he’s coming off an ACL tear and will not play this season, before going down, but he was doing unseen stuff.
Porzingis and pairing Doncic gives Dallas its blueprint for the post-Dirk Nowitzki era, and the ceiling is currently high enough to turn that plan into a name.
“Dallas now has two players under the age of 25 who are the best two players on a tournament team,” The Ringer’s Jonathan Tjarks wrote. “Just about every team in the league would kill for that opportunity.”
The Mavs also created significant spending money for this summer, and also their pick could be kept by a fortunate bounce of a few ping-pong balls away from the Hawks. Even while factoring in the dangers with Porzingis, who is now a free agent this offseason, Dallas’ future looks blindingly bright.