Doncic is Rookie of the Year
Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks was just announced as rookie of the year. Doncic was named to the award Monday, June 24, at the NBA awards show. Doncic is only 19—having a very bright future ahead of him for the Mavericks. Dallas drafted him this time last year with the No. 3 overall pick, acquiring him from the Atlanta Hawks in an NBA draft day trade. This past season, Doncic averaged 21.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, and six assists per game—leading all rookies in points per game and shooting 43% from the field.
The Mavericks have set up their roster quite nicely for the future, drafting Doncic, saving up cap space, and trading for Kristaps Porzingis back in the spring. If Porzingis can prove that he can come back healthy this next season, he and Luka will be one of the best young duos in the game of basketball under the age of 25 years old.
This offseason in the NBA will decide a lot for the future of the sport for many teams, but the Mavericks have proven to be a dark horse for many upcoming free agents. The Houston Rockets also have some big decisions to make—while not being able to be the Golden State Warriors without Kevin Durant, the Rockets are going to try to improve the roster in any which way they can, being linked by many sources to Jimmy Butler. Butler is a free agent this offseason and considered to be one of the best 20 players in the NBA---rumors have been swirling of a sign and trade between the Houston Rockets and the Philadelphia 76ers, the team that Butler was traded to during last season. The Rockets are willing to trade key role players to acquire Butler, such as Eric Gordon and Clint Capela—free agency will begin on the midnight of June 30.