- BetUS lists Luka Doncic with +1000 odds to average a triple-double during the 2020-21 season
- Russell Westbrook accomplished the same feat in 2017, ’18 and ’19
- The 22-year-old Slovenian has trended down in rebounds and assists over the past month
Luka Doncic rolled into the NBA All-Star break with per-game marks of 28.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 9.0 assists, but oddsmakers still view the Slovenian superstar as a 10-to-1 longshot to average a triple-double over the course of the season.
Let’s check the odds and evaluate whether the Mavericks forward can boost his rebound and assist totals in the second half to become only the third player in league history to achieve the illusive full-season Trip-Dub.
Luka Doncic Triple-Double Odds
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Luka’s on a historic pace
Luka Doncic has upped his efficiency across the board this season, averaging career highs in shooting percentage (47.5) and from beyond the arc (35.1). And with his Mavericks suddenly on a roll with 10 wins in their past 13 games, he’s even being described as a “stealth MVP candidate” by The Ringer’s Bill Simmons.
But will the 22-year-old actually be able to add the accomplishment “Averaged a Triple-Double in the 2020-21 Season” to his hilarious new LinkedIn profile?
Luka Doncic turns 22 today.
He is the second player in NBA history with 4000 points, 1000 rebounds, 1000 assists before turning 22.
The other player is LeBron James. pic.twitter.com/4C7CKPfJ7f
— StatMuse (@statmuse) February 28, 2021
Doncic is on a historic pace, producing a triple-double every 5.2 games. That’s better than the career averages of Oscar Robertson (5.7) and Russell Westbrook (5.8) and those are the only two men ever to average a Trip-Dub over the course of a full season.
But while Luka will likely become the all-time leader in triple-doubles before he hangs up his Air Jordan’s, he’s unlikely to accomplish the feat this season.
Can Doncic haul in more boards?
Last year, Luka put up per-game marks of 28.8 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 8.8 assists – which means he’s averaging slightly more assists (0.2) through 32 games this year and one fewer rebound.
While the 6-foot-7 star scored two more points per game in February (30.3) than he did in March (28.3), he’s trending down in the other two categories, averaging 7.1 boards and 8.3 assists last month compared to 10.1 rebounds and 10.3 helpers in January.
Luka’s been a true joy to watch. Just appreciating the growth in his game year by year.
Happy birthday, Luka Doncic! pic.twitter.com/jYRKYHlW9Y
— SLAM (@SLAMonline) February 28, 2021
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