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Luka Doncic's Historic NBA Season: How Many Mavs Wins Can Claim MVP?

Luka Doncic is having a historic year, but his NBA MVP chances will hinge on how well the Dallas Mavericks can finish off the 2023-24 regular season.

Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic isn't just having a great season, he's having a historic one. Through 46 games, the 24-year-old is averaging 34.3 points, 8.8 rebounds and 9.6 assists.

If those numbers hold over the last 28 games, Doncic would become the first player in NBA history to have a regular season averaging at least 34 points, eight rebounds and nine assists. And even if you lower the criteria to seasons where a player has averaged at least 30 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, there have only been four players in league history to have such a season: Oscar Robertson (1960-61, 1961-62, 1963-64, 1964-65), Michael Jordan (1988-89), Russell Westbrook (2016-17) and Doncic last season (2022-23).

Luka Doncic, Daniel Gafford, Dallas Mavericks

Despite these eye-popping numbers, Doncic has remained on the outside looking in when it comes to national media MVP rankings. This in large part due to the Mavs having a mediocre record for most of the season while dealing with several roster injuries. However, Doncic and the Mavs are trying to change the narrative, as they've won a season-high five consecutive games with one more to play on Wednesday against the San Antonio Spurs before the All-Star break.

On today's episode of the Mavs Step Back Podcast, we discuss the Mavs' latest win over the Washington Wizards. It wasn't pretty, but Doncic and his teammates persevered and erased an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit en route to a 112-104 win. In addition to Doncic's MVP chances, we discuss at length the immediate impacts Daniel Gafford and P.J. Washington have had since making their way to Dallas via trades, among several other topics.

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