DALLAS – The NBA announced today that Mavericks guard Luka Dončić has been named to the 2021-22 Kia All-NBA First Team, marking the third straight year he has garnered All-NBA First Team honors. He joins Kevin Durant, Tim Duncan and Max Zaslofsky as the only players to garner three All-NBA First Team accolades before age 24.
Dončić (6-7, 230) averaged team highs of 28.4 points, 9.1 rebounds, 8.7 assists, 1.2 steals and 35.4 minutes in 65 games (all starts) during the 2021-22 regular season. It marked his third consecutive season averaging at least 25.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists per game and he finished as the only player to average those numbers in 2021-22.
The 23-year-old has now been named All-NBA First Team in three of his first four seasons, joining Larry Bird, George Gervin and Duncan and as the only players to earn three-or-more All-NBA honors within their first four seasons since the ABA/NBA merger (1976-77).
Among NBA leaders, Dončić ranked third in scoring, fifth in assists and 19th in rebounds. He finished in the top 25 in all three categories for the third year in a row.
Dončić, who already ranks 10th in NBA history in career triple-doubles (46) and second in 30-point, 10-rebound, 15-assist games (8), led the Mavericks to a 52-30 (.634) record in 2021-22 – their first 50-win season since 2014-15 (50-32) and their most victories since 2010-11 (57-25). Dallas also reached the Western Conference Finals for the first time since its championship season in 2011.
The three-time All-Star led Dallas in points, rebounds and assists in the same game 34 times during the regular season (including ties), the second-most times a player has led his team in all three categories in 2021-22, behind the reigning two-time league MVP Nikola Jokić (39). Dončić also finished with 49 20-point, five-rebound, five-assist games this year, his third consecutive season with 49-or-more 20-5-5 efforts (50 in 2019-20, 49 in 2020-21).
Following his third All-NBA First Team selection in 2021-22, Dončić is now one shy of Dirk Nowitzki’s franchise (4).