When the Dallas Mavericks traded for Luka Doncic on draft night, Mavs fans everywhere rejoiced. He had taken the Euroleague by storm, winning Euroleague MVP and Final Four MVP at just 19 years old.
If he had any doubters heading into his Rookie season, he quickly silenced them by putting together a Rookie of the Year season and breaking plenty of records along the way.
But how great was his Rookie season? Was it the greatest since Lebron James’ in 2003? Was it the greatest ever?
When you examine the facts, it’s easy to make the argument that he was. But putting those facts into context with what other great rookies like Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson, LeBron James, and Wilt Chamberlain did is a different story.
We’re talking about guys that won Championships, MVPs, and Finals MVPs their rookie season.
In this video, we take a look at all the details, stats, and accomplishments of rookies throughout NBA history to see where Luka ranks among them. Was he the greatest ever? Watch the video to see.
As a quick teaser, take a look at some records and accomplishments Luka has already racked up in his young career.
Luka Doncic Records and Accomplishments
- First teenager to record a 30-point triple-double
- Second player in NBA history to post 2,000+ points, 750+ rebounds and 500+ assists in their first 100 career games (the other is Oscar Robertson)
- NBA record of 20 straight games with at least 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists (Previously held by Michael Jordan with 18 consecutive games)
- Youngest player in NBA history to record three triple-doubles
- Only player in NBA history to record two triple-doubles before the age of 20
- Has four of the five triple-doubles recorded by teenagers in NBA history
- Youngest player to have 35-point triple-doubles in succession (Previously held by Oscar Robertson)
- First player in NBA history to record 30+ points, 12+ rebounds, and 15+ assists in a game with 30 minutes or fewer played
- First player in NBA history to record multiple 30-point triple-doubles in games with 30 minutes or fewer played
- Second-youngest player to record a triple-double at 19 years and 327 days old (10 days older than the youngest player ever, Markelle Fultz)
- Fifth player in NBA history to average at least 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in his rookie year (Others are Oscar Robertson, Michael Jordan, LeBron James, and Tyreke Evans
- Youngest player in NBA history with 20 points, 15 rebounds and 15 assists in a game
- Broke Mavericks franchise record of most triple doubles with 22 in just 122 NBA games (Previously held by Jason Kidd with 21 triple-doubles)