Luka Doncic wins second straight KIA NBA Rookie of the month

by Dan M | Posted on Saturday, January 5th, 2019

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Luka Doncic wins second straight KIA NBA Rookie of the month
The NBA announced Mavericks guard/forward Luka Doncic was named
the Kia NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month for games played in
December. He garnered the award for the second straight month,
joining Jay Vincent (three times in 1981-82) as the only rookies in
Mavericks history to win the award multiple times. He also became the
first Dallas rookie to receive the honor in each of the first two
months of the season.
Doncic (6-7, 218) scored 20-plus points 10 times in his 15 games
(all starts) in December, including 30-plus points twice. He also
posted four double-doubles during the month. The former EuroLeague MVP
averaged 21.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 1.1 steals in 30.9
minutes per game during December. The Mavs posted a home mark of 7-1
during the month.
The 6-7 Slovenian led all rookies in points (316), assists (91 –
tied for 1st), 3-pointers made (35) and free throws made (93) in
December.
In a five-game stretch from Dec. 18 to Dec. 26, the 19-year-old
recorded three stat lines that only LeBron James achieved as a
teenager. After going for 23 points, six rebounds and a career-high 12
assists at Denver (12/18/18), Doncic produced a game-high-tying 32
points, four rebounds, five assists and a career-high four steals at
the L.A.Clippers (12/20/18). He then went for a team-high 21 points,
nine rebounds and a game-high 10 assists against New Orleans
(12/26/18).
In the game following his near triple-double, Doncic did something
neither James nor any other teenager in league history was able to
accomplish. He went 7-of-10 (.700) from deep at New Orleans
(12/28/18), becoming the first teenager in NBA history to hit seven
3-pointers in a game. Doncic finished with a career-high 34 points
(10-16 FGs, 7-10 3FGs, 7-13 FTs) against the Pelicans.
For the season, Doncic is averaging a team-high 19.5 points, 6.6
rebounds (2nd on team), 5.0 assists (2nd on team), 1.1 steals (2nd on
team) and 32.0 minutes (2nd on team) in 36 games (all starts). He is
shooting 43.6 percent (230-of-527) from the field, 37.6 percent
(85-of-226) from 3-point range and 76 percent (158-of-208) from the
free-throw line. The only rookies in NBA history to average at least
19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists per game for a season are: Oscar
Robertson, Michael Jordan and Grant Hill (Doncic would become the
fourth).
Among all rookies in 2018-19, Doncic ranks first in scoring,
third in rebounding, second in assists, third in steals, first in
minutes, 10th in field goal percentage and fifth in 3-point field goal
percentage.
Doncic was originally selected by Atlanta with the third overall
pick in this past year’s draft, before having his draft rights traded
to Dallas in exchange for draft rights to the fifth overall pick Trae
Young and a protected 2019 first-round pick.

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