Believe the hype: Luka Doncic off to historic start for Mavericks


SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Jeff Zillgitt breaks down a pair of teams off to very different starts in the Eastern Conference.

With every passing night Luka Doncic looks more and more like the answer to the question: Who will be this season’s NBA Rookie of the Year?

Yet the form of the Dallas Mavericks’ 19-year-old phenom also poses a conundrum of its own. Just 10 games into his career, do his superb numbers indicate a fast-track towards greatness, or are they a quirk thrown up by the scoring-heavy nature of the league?

The truth likely lies somewhere in between. Doncic is an outstanding player, no question about it, with huge upside. Over the first three weeks of his NBA career, with no prior American basketball experience, he has scored 19.8 points per game, while averaging 6.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists. 

If these numbers are sustained, Doncic would be in an elite place in NBA history. Only eight other rookies have ever averaged at least 19 points, six rebounds and four assists, according to Basketball Reference. 

But there is also little doubt that Doncic has a few…

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