SANTA MONICA, California (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas Mavericks guard/forward Luka Doncic was named NBA Rookie of the Year on Monday night.
Doncic averaged a team-high 21.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, a team-best 6.0 assists, 1.1 steals and 32.2 minutes per game in 72 games for the Mavs this past season.READ MORE: Texas Inmate Rick Rhoades Faces Execution For Fatally Stabbing Brothers 30 Years Ago
Among all rookies Luka ranked first in scoring, second in rebounding, second in assists, and fifth in steals.
He won Rookie of the Month all five months of the NBA season.
The former EuroLeague MVP knocked down 168 3-pointers, marking the third-most triples by a rookie in league history.
The 20-year-old Slovenian finished as one of only four NBA players (and the only rookie) to average at least 20 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists per game in 2018-19.
LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and Nikola Jokić were the others.READ MORE: North Texas Woman Whose Unborn Child Could Not Be Saved Shares Personal Abortion Story
Doncic was originally selected by Atlanta with the third overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, before having his draft rights traded to Dallas in exchange for the draft rights to the fifth overall pick Trae Young and a protected 2019 first-round pick.
Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki tweeted congratulations, saying, “My guy!!! Well deserved”
This was the first major post season award for a Mavericks player since Nowitzki won the MVP award in 2011.
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