Luka Doncic Climbs To Second Place Behind Jokic On NBA MVP Ladder

Photo: Instagram/Luka Doncic

Dallas Mavericks' star Luka Doncic has ascended to second place on the NBA MVP ladder, trailing only Nikola Jokic.

Doncic's stellar performance throughout the 2023-24 season has propelled him into the spotlight, surpassing Shai Gilgeous-Alexander for the coveted second spot.

With an impressive stat line boasting 33.9 points, 9.8 assists, and 9.1 rebounds per game, Doncic has been instrumental in leading the Mavericks to a 40-23 record in the games he's played.

Photo: Instagram/Luka Doncic

His recent dominance was underscored by a commanding 132-96 victory over the Sacramento Kings, where he notched 28 points, 11 rebounds, and six assists in just 32 minutes of play.

Despite facing setbacks such as a recent loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, Doncic's exceptional performance has been the driving force behind the Mavericks' surge in the standings. 

As they move into sixth place in the Western Conference, Doncic's MVP candidacy gains momentum, with analysts acknowledging his unparalleled impact on the court.

However, challenges lie ahead as the Mavericks navigate a tough schedule against motivated Western Conference opponents. Doncic's availability remains uncertain due to left Achilles soreness, casting a shadow over upcoming matchups against the Kings, Houston Rockets, and Golden State Warriors.

As the season progresses, all eyes will be on Doncic as he continues to elevate his game and solidify his position in the race for the NBA MVP award.

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Source: Sports Illustrated 

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