By virtually all accounts, Luka Doncic’s rookie season last year was a massively successful one. And, if these first few months are any indication, he’s upping the ante for his 2019-20 season with the Dallas Mavericks.
Now, collectors have an opportunity to score the jersey Doncic wore to kick off what promises to be a noteworthy sophomore season as NBA Auctions has put his KIA NBA Tip-Off 2019 game-worn jersey on the auction block.
The auction opened on Dec. 12 and is slated to close Jan. 2. At the time of this posting, the coveted gamer had already crept into five figures, sitting at $10,220 after 17 bids were recorded.
Doncic donned the No. 77 navy blue jersey when the Mavericks hosted the Washington Wizards to kick off the new season on Oct. 23. Doncic wasted no time in building on his Rookie of the Year plaudits from last year by pouring in 34 points to go with nine rebounds, three assists and two steals. The Mavs prevailed 108-100 in the contest.
Doncic’s jersey — size 52, plus six inches in additional length — was a debut of the Mav’s Statement Edition jerseys. The team had not worn them before.
Doncic’s performance in the game was an accurate reflection of his stat-stuffing abilities on the court, where he currently averages nearly a double-double with 29.3 points, 9.6 rebounds and 8.9 assists per game. He has even recorded back-to-back double-doubles where he scored 35 or more points.
Unfortunately for the Mavs, Doncic is currently sidelined with an ankle injury, but reports indicate he is progressing through it well. There is no time table for his return.
His absence should not detract from his star power, though, as Doncic-related memorabilia and sports cards are currently some of the hottest commodities in the industry right now.
Last year, Doncic’s KIA NBA Tip-Off 2018 jersey was auctioned off for $38,020, which might even be a steal if he continues to play at his current clip for the next decade or so.