The Rockets' guard averages 39.2 points and 7.6 assists in a devastating stretch of offensive basketball that has the Rockets 11-3, second in the West behind the Lakers after eight straight wins. And Doncic is sneaking into the first debates about the MVP with some numbers with which you have to rub your eyes: 29.5 points, 10.7 rebounds and 9.3 assists per night.
The Slovenian, who does not turn 21 until February, acknowledges that he is more comfortable than in his already impressive rookie season: “I am playing better this season and I think that in large part mentally, I have a lot of confidence. I know the NBA better, I know there are very tough games, complicated trips … these are things that you get used to. ”
In an excellent season for now, perhaps his most media game was the hand-to-hand duel against LeBron James, although the Lakers ended up taking the win in extra time: “It was very special, a great game with the penalty that I did not take the victory. I will remember it for a long time, I admire LeBron very much. ” Finally, the former Real Madrid fully trusts Kristaps Porzingis despite the fact that the power forward has not yet shown his best version in the Mavericks: “It was a great operation to get us with him, he is a great player. I have always felt that I can be the leader of my team and now we are building something important with young players. There is still a way, we have to improve. ”
"Doncic can do whatever he wants with the ball"
He giant Serbian Boban Marjanovic (2.24) plays his first season in the Dallas franchise and already knows what it is to share a locker room and track with Doncic: “Luka is an amazing boy and a brilliant player, with the ability to do so many things … He is unique, has a great personality, can do anything literally with the ball in his hands. Everywhere has fans, wherever we go to play, you see people in your shirt, with pictures of them … And not just people from Slovenia. It's impossible for someone to say ‘I don't like Luka’. It is a pleasure to share a team with him. ” On a personal basis, the pivot is also happy with his adaptation to Rick Carlisle's team: “I feel very good. The season is going well, we have a good team, a young block. And I think we will improve as games go by. The big goal is to get into the playoffs. That is the main one and from there, we'll see … ”