NBA Phenom Luka Dončić Closing in on LeBron & Jordan in Remarkable Fashion

The risk of a hot take but I’ll say it: Year 6 Luka Dončić looks a lot like 1988-89 Michael Jordan, or 2007-08 LeBron James. It’s impossible to watch what he’s doing and think any other young perimeter player is close to his level. His three-point accuracy has reached a clip that would put him in the range of a 50-40-90 shooter. If he continues on this pace, that 48-38-78 split would be a career high to go along with personal bests in points (33.7) and assists (9.2). Dallas Mavericks put Chris Paul in early retirement two years ago. The front office’s solution to its talent deficiency was to bring in a less-reliable facsimile of a player who walked in free agency the offseason prior. And Kyrie Irving’s rehab from a heel contusion is going well. The Mavs could’ve used Irving’s services during a 113-110 meltdown against a Cleveland Cavaliers group. Dallas has lost five of its past eight and appears headed toward Western Conference purgatory once again. Pundits hate empty stats as much as they hate empty calories. He’s only 24. I agree that Dončić’s numbers can come at the expense of his teammates finding a rhythm. Remember when LeBron went to the Miami Heat and some people said he might not even be the best player on the team because Dwyane Wade had a ring? That’s what I think of whenever someone throws Jayson Tatum’s name into an MVP discussion before Dončić. Mark Cuban is out here squashing the hopes of Shark Tank contestants while simultaneously thinking Christian Wood and Kyrie Irving are running mates worthy of Dončić’s talent. Stop doing that. Luka Dončić is a basketball savant and it’s only a matter of opportunity until he reaches the sport’s pinnacle.