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Luka Doncic achieves rookie feat last done by Michael Jordan

Luka Doncic is enjoying a rookie campaign for the ages, and the Dallas Mavericks forward is enjoying a remarkable run last seen in Michael Jordan’s first season in the NBA.

After posting a stat line of 25 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in Wednesday’s 105-101 loss to the San Antonio Spurs, Doncic has put up 25 points, five rebounds and five assists in four straight games. Given such a streak was last accomplished by MJ, it’s safe to say the 19-year-old rising star is having an elite-level rookie campaign (via Basketball Reference’s Justin Kubatko).

As mentioned in the tweet, Jordan managed to put up numbers demonstrating a brilliant all-around game twice during his rookie season, and did so in five-game stretches, not four.

With that in mind, Doncic certainly has something to shoot for Saturday when the Mavs take on the Pacers if he wants to be like Mike. Then, he’ll have to do it again this season to duplicate Jordan’s outstanding dual stretch of rookie basketball.

Even if Doncic does not go on to exactly replicate Jordan’s first-year accomplishments, he nevertheless remains the current favorite to take home the NBA Rookie of the Year hardware at season’s end.

On the season, Doncic is averaging 20.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game while shooting 43.6 percent from the field (37.2 percent from beyond the arc).

Possibly just as impressive is how Doncic is eliciting praise from Gregg Popovich, both as a player and as a person.

That’s some pretty high praise from Pop, to say the least.