NBA 2020-21: In a tough loss against the Chicago Bulls, Luka Doncic was magnificent. He managed to get another triple-double, scoring 36 points, 15 assists, and 16 rebounds in just 37 minutes. He has now passed Micheal Jordan in the all-time list of triple-doubles.
Doncic was considered a likely MVP candidate going into the new season, and while he struggled early in the Mavs schedule, he’s averaging 30.6 points, 11.6 rebounds and 11.2 assists over the past five games to carry a Dallas team that has recently been struck by a COVID-19 outbreak.
Luka just passed Michael Jordan on the all-time triple-doubles list. pic.twitter.com/GRdbWE22B7
— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) January 17, 2021
Luka Doncic 4th fastest player in NBA history to reach 1,000 points, rebounds, and assists.
He is in an elite company. Doncic surpassed LeBron James who achieved this milestone in 158 games.
Check out the other players who achieved this milestone in fewer games:
Luka Doncic is the 4th fastest player in NBA history to reach 1,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 assists (games played). pic.twitter.com/9NfeNZSbdU
— NBA (@NBA) January 5, 2021
Check out his 1,000th assist for Dallas Mavericks against the Houston Rockets
— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) January 5, 2021
Dallas Mavericks used team option on Luka Doncic
This option is for the 2021-22 season and is worth $10.1 million, per Shams. Doncic was an All-Star last season and an MVP candidate will be a free agent in the next NBA offseason.
Doncic finished fourth in MVP voting in 2019-20 behind James Harden, LeBron James, and Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The 21-year-old Slovenian native averaged approximately a triple-double last season. He scored 28.8 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 8.8 assists in 61 games.
Formality: The Dallas Mavericks have exercised All-Star Luka Doncic’s fourth-year team option ($10.1M) for the 2021-22 season, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Doncic finished fourth in the MVP race last season.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 1, 2020
NBA rumors: What kind of offer can Luka Doncic expect in the 2021-22 NBA season?
Doncic will enter his fourth season in the NBA and is tied for the best odds to win MVP in 2020-21 at +450, same with Giannis, the reigning two-time MVP.
Doncic will be in line for a massive pay raise after this season. This offseason, we saw plenty of max extensions. including Jayson Tatum sign a $195 million deal, Utah Jazz offers a massive $195M max contract extension to Donovan Mitchell.
Doncic should see a deal similar to those, perhaps slightly higher with incentives, if he wins MVP, makes the All-Star team, and/or an All-NBA team.