In the same way, if Luka Doncic was good in his first four years in the NBA (a period that included three All-NBA selections and a trip to the Western Conference Finals), he could be better than he is now.
The former third overall pick’s production is overlapping gift competition and recalling legends of the past.
His third place in the standings, he fell into a historic rift as the 2022-23 season began, with nine consecutive games since the start of the season where he achieved 30 points in his game (this up too). His 36 points in Dallas’ 96-94 win against Brooklyn on Monday put Wilt his second-best of Chamberlain’s past his 30 points in eight games to start the season.
Luka Dončić has recorded his 9th consecutive game with 30+ points to begin this season.
Dončić’s current streak is the 2nd-longest streak of games recording 30+ points to begin a season in @NBA history.
Wilt Chamberlain, 23, 1962-63
*Luka Doncic, 9, 2022-23 pic.twitter.com/7PaEKNyQET
— Mavs PR (@MavsPR) November 8, 2022
Until Doncic, Chamberlain’s only rival was himself. “Stilts” holds the record for which he made 23 appearances at the start of the 1962-63 campaign.
A recent performance by Doncic
Doncic went into the match with 36 points, ahead of second-placed Giannis Antetokounmpo by nearly five points. Doncic finished Friday’s 111-110 win over the Raptors with 35 points (10:15 FG, 3:6 3pts, 12:14 FT), 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 block, and 3 steals in 37 minutes.
Doncic has scored over 30 points in his first eight competitions of the season. This is his second-longest streak since Wilt his Chamberlain (23 games) in 1962. The 23-year-old dominated early in the season, averaging 36.0 points, 8.8 rebounds, 8.6 assists, and 1.9 steals in 36.5 minutes.
He became the first player after legend Michael Jordan to score 30 or more points in the first six games of the season. finished with six games. That means Doncic could surpass Jordan in his Jazz game against Utah on Wednesday.
As usual, Doncic started quickly and set the tone. He scored the Mavericks’ first seven points and concluded the first quarter with 16 to progress the league’s best first-quarter pointing average. This season, Doncic is averaging 14.3 points in the first quarter, nearly four more than any other player.