There’s no slow beginning for Luka Doncic in 2022. After consecutive seasons of criticism and self-awareness that he was sluggish and out of shape out of summer break, Doncic has begun 2022-23 on a tear. Presently he’s joined a very short list close by elite organization.
The Dallas Mavericks star scored 33 points to go with 11 assists and five rebounds in a 103-100 win over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday. It was his seventh consecutive 30 or more point effort to start the season. He’s the first player to accomplish the accomplishment starting around 1962-63. What’s more, he’s simply the third to ever do so.
Jack Twyman did it in 1959. Wither Chamberlain — obviously — did it that same year and again in 1962.
Furthermore, presently Luka. That is the list.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar didn’t make it happen. Michael Jordan didn’t make it happen. Karl Malone didn’t make it happen. Kobe Bryant didn’t make it happen. LeBron James hasn’t gotten it done.
Doncic opened the season as the MVP betting favorite and has responded such a long ways by averaging 36.1 points, nine assists and 8.9 rebounds per game. He’s opened with MVP hype before just to see a slow beginning derail the campaign.
His Slovenian trainer Anze Macek said in August that Doncic focused more on his offseason training program over the summer.