"If Luka pulls this off, he's going to be the best player in the league" – Bill Simmons drops bold claim in Luka Doncic's historic 2024 run with the Mavs

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Luka Doncic is taking the league by storm. The Slovenian superstar is building up a postseason run for the ages with his averages of 28.3 points, 9.3 boards, 9.0 assists, and 1.7 steals. And due to the magic and wonders he yields on a nightly basis, the Dallas Mavericks are now on the cusp of making it to the basketball's biggest stage for the third time in franchise history.

Should Luka ultimately nail it and win this year's NBA championship, Bill Simmons believes that the feat will serve as icing on the top of the cake for the Mavs superstar to get crowned as the league's best player.

“If Luka keeps going here and then beats Boston in the Finals, [Nikola] Jokic is like he just found a place for it in his living room,” Simmons said in his podcast's newest episode. “Like, right above the TV, he just cleared a cabinet out, he just put it in there and [Jokic's] like, ‘What? I'm losing this [best player in the world title]?’”

“If Luka pulls this off, he's going to be the best player in the league.”

On his to become the league's best

The current consensus favors Nikola Jokic as the best player in the world, and his regular season MVP triumph for the third time in his career has solidified his grasp on this ultimate recognition. However, as the Joker failed to defend his NBA title with the Denver Nuggets this year, it opened up a clear path for other serious competitors to bolster their argument to snatch the honor over the Serbian star.

He might've failed to seize this year's MVP award despite another phenomenal season, but Luka has set himself perfectly as the prime contender to be the newest best to replace the Joker. The Mavs’ late season burst to clinch 54 victories, and the current meteoric rise in the playoffs became a reality behind the 24-year-old’s leadership. And acknowledging the road that they've been through thus far by beating the L.A. Clippers that had four future Hall of Famers, outlasting the OKC Thunder that held the Western Conference's best record, and looming elimination against Minnesota Timberwolves group that marvelously ousted Jokic and the Nuggets, Doncic got all the needed perfect narratives already to strengthen his case.

Luka still needs to beat Boston

But as it is, Luka still has one, final daunting challenge to fulfill before claiming the distinction as the league's best. What awaits him at the summit for the coveted Larry O'Brien trophy is the Boston Celtics.

Throughout the year, the C's have solidified themselves as the favorites to win the title courtesy of their historic 64-win season and a stacked starting five composed of Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Kristaps Porzingis, Jrue Holiday, and Derrick White. Considering all these, they are undoubtedly the most serious threat that will test the Slovenian guard if he's well deserved enough to put the crown above his head.

Should Doncic deliver the historic slaying of the Celtics and spearhead the Mavs to the promised land, there should be no question that the title is his. No further questioning has to be asked as this perfectly caps the fairytale season and coronation for the Dallas sensation.

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