MILWAUKEE — Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic became the second youngest player in NBA history to record a triple-double on Monday afternoon, pouring in 18 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a 116-106 loss to the Bucks Monday afternoon.
Doncic, who has emerged as a clear Rookie of the Year favorite, is averaging 20 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game this season. He has started in all 44 games he has played in.
Before the game, Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer raved about the rookie. “What he has done as an 18- or 19-year-old in Europe is really hard to believe that a guy can do that at his age,” Budenholzer said. “And now doing that through the first 45 games – the poise he plays with, the way he can score, the way he distributes – he keeps delivering. Really, really impressed with what he has done so far.”
Doncic has caught on with fans, too. After the first three rounds of fan voting for the All-Star Game, Doncic is in second place in the Western Conference, behind only LeBron James and ahead of James Harden, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant.