After becoming the first NBA player to register multiple triple-doubles as a teen, rookie Luka Doncic, 19, wants to continue to develop.
Luka Doncic is hopeful his latest triple-double will earn him an All-Star nod, though the Mavericks rookie is still striving for improvement.
The 19-year-old guard posted 35 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists against the Raptors on Sunday to become the first teen in NBA history to record more than one triple-double in a season.
Doncic, a former EuroLeague star with Real Madrid, has impressed in his first NBA season, yet the Slovenian is determined not to rest on his laurels.
Asked how much he has improved this season, Doncic told reporters: “I don’t know, that’s a tough question.
“It’s never enough for me. Just keep getting better. You can’t say, ‘Yes, now I’m going to stop working. I’m good.’
“Just keep working.”
He did it again! @luka7doncic w/his 2nd triple-double in the last 4 games. Tonight he had 35 pts/12 rebs/10 ASR’s to become the 1st teenager in NBA history to record multiple triple-doubles. Mavs go 2-1 on the home stand & now we hit the road. We’ll see you from NY on Wednesday pic.twitter.com/ZJAXiVLksw
— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) January 28, 2019
Doncic’s big night came in a loss — the Raptors winning, 123-120 — and it was even more impressive given it came against a team second in the Eastern Conference.
“It was special, but it would have been more special with a win,” Doncic said.
“Kawhi [Leonard] is one of the best defenders in the league so maybe [it was more special].”
The starters for next month’s All-Star Game were revealed last week, and Doncic was not included as one of the players from the Western Conference.
However, he could be included as a reserve for the contest in Charlotte.
Asked if his performance against Toronto would help his case, Doncic replied with a smile: “I hope, I hope!”