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First 4 year comparison: Luka, MJ and Lebron



Luka, MJ and LeBron

With Luka’s 4th year in the NBA over, after losing to Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals, we can now look back at his NBA career in comparison to the great Michael Jordan and LeBron James. Firstly, here are their stats:

Luka’s first 4 years

  • Rookie of the Year ’19
  • 3X All NBA First Team
  • 3X All Star
  • Best Playoff Run: Western Finals
  • Defensive Rating: 109.1
  • 26.4/8.5/8.0/1.1/0.4

Lebron’s first 4 years

  • Rookie of the Year ’04
  • 1X All NBA First Team
  • 2X All NBA Second Team
  • 3X All Star
  • Best Playoff Run: NBA Finals
  • Defensive Rating: 103.1
  • 26.7/6.7/6.4/1.8/0.7

Jordan’s first 4 years

  • Rookie of the Year ’85
  • NBA MVP ’88
  • NBA Defensive Player of the Year ’88
  • 2X All NBA First Team
  • 1X All NBA Second Team
  • 3X All Star
  • Best Playoff Run: Conference Semifinals
  • 2X Scoring Leader
  • 1X Steals Leader
  • Defensive Rating: 104.2
  • 32.7/5.6/5.3/2.8/1.3

What can we decifer?

Simply, it’s very close. You’d have to give the edge to Michael Jordan because of the Defensive Player of the Year award, scoring leader x2 and steals leader. Jordan’s year 4 was otherworldly however only reached the conference semifinals.

LeBron dragged a very bad Cavs team in 07 to the finals and unfortunately faced the juggernaut at the time, San Antonio Spurs.

This isn’t to take away from what Luka has done – considering all the accolades from the Euroleague previous to the NBA. He is a jack of all trades offensively and moves around the court like a veteran. Barring injury, there’s no reason Luka can’t win titles if the Mavs eventually place some exciting pieces around him. Considering LeBron is now at 4 titles and MJ has 6.

Luka’s records

We posted earlier about insane Luka Doncic facts but in some areas of his game, he is out performing members of the GOAT debate like MJ, LeBron and Wilt.

For example, Luka leads all players in average points per game in elimination games. Here is the list:

  1. Luka Doncic – 38.0 points
  2. Alex Groza – 33.5 points
  3. LeBron James – 33.5 points
  4. Michael Jordan – 31.3 points
  5. Wilt Chamberlain – 31.1 points

Even Golden State are struggling to bury the Dallas Mavericks with Luka carrying huge offensive loads. In this series he is averaging 34.0 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.0 assists in the series, with 40 point efforts in both Games 2 and 3.

Where does Luka rank in the first 4 year all time?

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