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Luka Doncic, of the Dallas Mavericks, and Trae Young, of the Atlanta Hawks, will forever be linked. The two were traded for one another on draft night, with the Hawks also getting the Mavs' first-round pick in 2019.


With the Hawks and Mavericks facing off on Wednesday night, there's no better time to start talking about which of the two is the current favorite for NBA Rookie of the Year. 

When looking at their fantasy production, it's clear that Young has the bigger games and higher upside, but Doncic is producing at a high level much more consistently. Young will have these ridiculous nights every now and again, mainly because he treats the game like it's his own personal long-range Pop-a-Shot. 


Trae is thriving on volume as he is shooting a very-average 37 percent from the field and an abysmal 24 percent on 3-point attempts. In comparison, Doncic is shooting 42.8 percent from the field and 37.1 on 3-point attempts. 

Perhaps the biggest feather in Doncic's cap is the overall success that his Mavericks are having this season. They're 14-11, good enough for the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference, while the Hawks own the NBA's fourth-worst record at 6-20.

Not to mention, Doncic is leading Young in a number of categories -- points (17.8 - 15.4), rebounds (6.7 - 2.8), steals (1.1 - 0.7), and 3-pointers made per game (2.2 - 1.3).

There's no question that Doncic is the clear ​front-runner for NBA Rookie of the Year at this point, not only in this comparison but for the entire 2018 Draft class. 


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