Luka Dončić is Western Conference Rookie of the Month (again)
Incredible talent of Luka Dončić certainly got noticed. For the second straight month he was named Western Conference Rookie of the month. Dončić is the only Mavs rookie with this accomplishment in the first two months of the season. In 15 games in December the third pick in last year’s NBA Draft scored 20 or more points 10 times, including 32 or more point in two games. He averaged 21.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 6.1 assists and picked up four double-doubles.
He’s skills and confidence is apparent also to the biggest names of the league. “Obviously he’s a rookie, but he’s found a way to impose his will most nights,” Stephen Curry said of Dončić. “It’s going to be good to see him develop in this league and be a star.”
He might be an All-Star starter on February 17 in Charlotte. In the first round of voting by the fans that was released on the same day Dončić was named Western Conference Rookie of the Month, 19-year old Slovenian is second in the Western Conference front court voting, trailing only LeBron James.
Fan voting remains open through January 21 and count 50 percent towards the selection, other 50 percent will be split between votes by the players and media. Dončić’s vote total puts him seventh overall in All-Star voting. If the voting process ended on Thursday, Dončić would be in the starting lineup with James, Curry, Kevin Durant and Derrick Rose.
Dallas’ legend Dirk Nowitzki, who has made 13 All-Star team, wouldn’t be surprised if Dončić makes the All-Star team. “He’s a major part of why we’re almost .500 in the West, but it’s going to be tough. We already know there are some amazing, amazing players in the West – it’s going to be tough for him to get in. But he has a case. He’s been playing well, he’s been running the show, he’s been really clutch for us in big games, so he deserves a shot or at least to be mentioned,” said Nowitzki.