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Luka makes it a clean sweep en route to likely Rookie of the Year award

Greg Popovich on Luka Doncic: “He’s a beautiful basketball player. He does everything.”

San Antonio Spurs coach Greg Popovich raved about Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic: "He’s a beautiful basketball player. He does everything.”
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San Antonio Spurs coach Greg Popovich raved about Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic: "He’s a beautiful basketball player. He does everything.”

Make it a clean sweep for Luka Doncic.

The Dallas Mavericks rookie earned the final Western Conference Rookie of the Month for March and April. He won the honor all six months this season. He’s the first player to do that in either conference since Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns did it in 2016.

Doncic, who turned 20 in February, averaged team highs of 22.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 32.1 minutes in 15 games during in the final stretch of the season. Four of his eight triple-doubles came in the stretch, including in his final game of the season on Tuesday. He didn’t play in the season finale in San Antonio on Wednesday.

He’s the only rookie and just one of four players in the league to average at least 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists per game this season. All-Stars LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and Nikola Jokić were the others.

Doncic is the favorite to win the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award after leading rookies in scoring (21.2 ppg) and finishing second in rebounding (7.8 rpg), second in assists (6.0 apg), fifth in steals (1.1 spg) and first in minutes (32.2 mpg).

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Stefan Stevenson has been covering sports for the Star-Telegram since 1997. He spent five years covering TCU athletics, which included two BCS bowls, two trips to the college World Series and the move to the Big 12. He has covered the Texas Rangers since 2014 and started reporting on the Dallas Cowboys in 2016.


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