There’s no slow start for Luka Doncic in 2022.
After back-to-back seasons of criticism and the realization that he was sluggish and out of form after the summer break, Doncic started 2022-23 on a tear. Now he has joined a very short list alongside elite business.
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 straight 30+ point effort to start the season. He is the first player to achieve this feat since 1962-63. And he is just the third to do so.
Jack Twyman did it in 1959. Wilt Chamberlain – of course – did it the same year and again in 1962.
And now Lucas. This is the list.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar did not. Michael Jordan did not. Karl Malone did not. Kobe Bryant didn’t. LeBron James didn’t.
Doncic opened the season as an MVP betting favorite and has responded so far averaging 36.1 points, nine assists and 8.9 rebounds per game. He opened with MVP hype before seeing a slow start derail the campaign.
His Slovenian coach Anze Macek said in August Doncic had focused more on his off-season training schedule over the summer. Is it paying on the court?