The hype was real. It's not a stretch to say Doncic produced one of the most impressive freshman campaigns in NBA history. The eventual 2018-19 Rookie of the Year was a dominant all-around force from the get-go. A supremely well-rounded contributor, he became the first rookie in league history to average 20 points (21.2), seven rebounds (7.8), six assists (6.0) and a steal (1.1) per game. Over a five-game span in mid-March, he picked up three triple-doubles in eight days. He then ended his season with a 21-point, 16-rebound (a season high), 11-assist performance against the Suns on Apr. 9 -- his eighth triple-double of the campaign. The young Slovenian scored 30-plus points on eight occasions, topping out with a pair of 35-point efforts. He shot threes at a prodigious clip, jacking up 7.1 attempts per game and making 32.7 percent of them. In addition to his prodigious offensive production, Doncic finished with three or more steals nine times. He was a unanimous selection for the NBA All-Rookie First Team. Few NBA rookies are ready for the grind and physicality of an 82-game season. Doncic, presumably due to the three years he spent playing professionally in Spain, was the rare exception. With the addition of Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas attack, Doncic and the Mavs will have extremely high expectations in 2019-20.
June 21, 2018Drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in the 1st round (3rd pick) of the 2018 NBA Draft and traded to the Dallas Mavericks for Trae Young and a 2019 1st round draft pick.
July 9, 2018Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Dallas Mavericks.