Luka Doncic gives his pick for the Most Improved Player award

Devonte' Graham
CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - DECEMBER 27: Devonte' Graham #4 of the Charlotte Hornets with the ball during the fourth quarter during their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Spectrum Center on December 27, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)

The debut NBA season for Luka Doncic was one of the best of all time among rookies. But, the 21-year-old Slovenian talent is not slowing down. This year, Doncic became an All-Star and his name often comes up in the MVP talks.

The Mavericks’ young star is also a candidate to win the Most Improved Player award. Doncic’s stats increased from 21.2 points, 7.8 points and 6 assists to 29.1 points, 9.5 rebounds and 8.9 assists per game this season.

But, Luka does not think he deserves the Most Improved Player award. He thinks another player should receive it instead.

“Take me off the [MIP candidates] list and put Devonte’ Graham on there. I don’t deserve to be on there,” Doncic told Brad Townsend of Dallas Morning News.

The 25-year-old Charlotte Hornets point guard has improved significantly since last season. Graham was averaging 4.7 points, 1.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game last year. This season his stats increased to 18.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 7.5 assists.

Graham saw Luka’s quote about him deserving the MIP award and reacted to it on Twitter by tweeting “Respect.”

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