Dallas Mavericks point guard Luke Doncic was named the NBA Rookie of the Year for the 2018-19 season at the association’s annual awards show Monday.
He beat Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young for the prestigious award, becoming the first Mavericks player to be named Rookie of the Year since the 1994-95 season when guard Jason Kidd shared the award with another player.
Doncic was extremely nervous leading up to the announcement of the award, but was then overwhelmed with joy when he found out it was for him.
“My heart was beating a lot,” Doncic said in a Mavericks news release. “When I heard my name, I was like in tears. I knew it was me, so it’s a great feeling.”
This year was the first Doncic, a Slovenia native and national team member, spent with the Mavs. Before that, he played in the Spanish professional basketball league for three years.
Mark Cuban, owner of the Mavs and Preston Hollow neighbor, applauded Doncic for his Rookie of the Year title.
“It’s nice to have a ‘W’ in the Rookie of the Year category,” he said in the news release. “I’m happy for Luka, I’m excited for him and I know it’s important to him. Now that it’s behind him now, it’s all about what he does next.”
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