Dallas Mavericks fans knew history was on the cards when it came to superstar Luka Doncic, but few would have expected him to write himself into the history books in such great style when the Mavs hosted Denver Nuggets the other day.
With the Mavericks taking a 127-99 win over the Nuggets in last Friday’s clash, the more confident basketball fan who had faith that Doncic would reach the historic 50 triple double milestone would have had great success with bookmakers given the options that would have been available to them. Even a cheeky flutter on Doncic reaching the milestone a clear one game ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers legend that is Magic Johnson, would have brought its own rewards.
His overall performance in the game – a 33 point, 12 rebound, 11 assist showing – made him the tenth player in National Basketball Association history to record 50 career triple doubles, and the feat is all the more remarkable as Doncic achieved that in only his 278th career game – as mentioned, one full game ahead of Johnson – and only one player has reached that feat quicker. Oscar Robertson (111) was the only player who needed fewer games to notch up his 50 triple doubles, and that stands as testament to Doncic’s achievement.
Speaking to the assembled media following the win, Mavs head coach Jason Kidd – who himself took 649 games during his own playing career to record his own 50 triple doubles – was delighted for Doncic, fully recognising how special a player he really is.
“He’s already rewriting the record book. “That’s pretty cool. Oscar is pretty special, so now to be right there behind Oscar being second fastest to 50 just shows you how special he is.”, as per New Jersey Bet.
The 23 year old is clearly going to set and break records in the future given his age and the number of times he will still take to the court before he even thinks of a potential retirement, but the game also saw him pick up another place in the basketball history books. The Nuggets clash was the 25th time that he had scored at least 30 points in a triple double, and that puts him into fifth place in that NBA record book – Robertson, Russell Westbrook, LeBron James and James Harden are the only ones ahead of him at this moment in time.
Given his season so far, many will be expecting even more from Doncic as he is already leading the league in scoring, and already has four 30 point triple doubles in his opening 14 games – the rest of the NBA has combined for only one so far (Toronto’s Pascal Siakam).
Such achievements are not new for Doncic though, and again joining historical company when it comes to statistics has almost become a routine thing for him since he started his five year NBA career – and in typical fashion, he was quick to show he enjoyed it, but was very much staying humble.
“It’s amazing. Every time you ask me, I have the same answer. It’s a pleasure. I’m just really glad that I’m here and doing this.”
At 23 years of age, he is going to be ‘here and doing this’ for a number of years to come.