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In the 2023-24 NBA season, Luka Dončić transcended the boundaries of basketball excellence, etching his name into the annals of the sport with a series of staggering achievements.

This season was not just a display of his phenomenal talent but also a defining period that could shape the legacy of this young superstar for years to come.

Unprecedented Scoring Prowess

Leading the charts, Dončić achieved an unparalleled feat by creating the most points per game in NBA history, with an astonishing 57.2 points created each game. This metric not only highlights his scoring ability but also his knack for empowering teammates, underscoring his dual-threat capability as both scorer and playmaker.

Record-Breaking Performances

Dončić’s scoring was nothing short of historical, as he amassed an average of 33.9 points per game, ranking as the fourth-highest in the last 35 years. Among his remarkable performances was a game against Atlanta on January 26, where he scored 73 points, tying for the fourth-highest scoring game in NBA history. This feat showcased his ability to dominate on the basketball court against any level of opposition.

A Versatile Stat Sheet

Not confined to scoring alone, Luka Dončić demonstrated a well-rounded mastery of the game, becoming one of only four players in NBA history to finish in the top 15 in points, rebounds, assists, and steals per game in a single season. His season averages — a historic first of 33 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists per game — further exemplify his all-encompassing impact on the game.

Triple-Double Excellence

Luka’s capability to influence every facet of the game was also evident in his accumulation of triple-doubles. With 16 30-point triple-doubles in the season, including an unprecedented streak of six consecutive, Dončić secured the second-most in a season since 1970-71. This not only underscores his versatility but also his consistency and endurance throughout the season.

Scoring Without the Stripe

A notable aspect of Dončić’s scoring this season was his efficiency in scoring without relying heavily on free throws. He set a new benchmark for the most points per game without free throws since the NBA-ABA merger, averaging 27.0 points per game. This statistic puts him ahead of legendary names like Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and George Gervin, emphasizing his ability to generate offense in play rather than at the line.

Legacy and Impact

The 2023-24 season for Luka Dončić was not just about record-breaking numbers; it was a demonstration of basketball artistry and effectiveness. His ability to control the game in multiple facets — scoring, assisting, rebounding, and defending — places him in the upper echelons of basketball greatness. This season has undoubtedly fortified his case for the MVP award, while also providing fans and critics alike a glimpse of a player who could be shaping the future of the NBA.

As the Dallas Mavericks continue to build around their Slovenian superstar, the NBA landscape must now reckon with a talent poised to redefine what’s possible on the basketball court. Luka Dončić’s 2023-24 season will be remembered not just for the records he set, but for the way he exhilarated, dominated, and inspired. It was, indeed, a joy to witness.

Thomas Nielsen

A sports-journalist & Las Vegas native, Thomas lives for professional basketball, NFL, college football and Ice-Hockey. When he is not watching sports (or analyzing sports data), he can usually be found reading a book in a secluded corner. Tom is also a contributor at GamblingIndustryNews.com & Vegas-Odds.com.