Why Luka Doncic is actually the next Diana Taurasi

  • Co-author, Pro Basketball Prospectus series
  • Formerly a consultant with the Indiana Pacers
  • Developed WARP rating and SCHOENE system

With the postseason officially around the corner and teams jockeying for position, it’s time for another edition of the NBA mailbag.

Throughout the NBA season, I will be answering your questions about the latest, most interesting topics in basketball. You can tweet me directly at @kpelton, tweet your questions using the hashtag #peltonmailbag or email them to [email protected]

This week’s edition of the NBA mailbag includes:

– A WNBA comp for Luka Doncic?

– Whether an MVP has ever not been the best player on his own team

– Winning without many points from your leading scorer

“Is Diana Taurasi a good comparison for what we’ve seen from Luka Doncic as a rising star in the NBA?”

— David, Park City

Comparisons for Doncic have been such a popular pastime that my colleague Tim MacMahon and I teamed up to write a story about them during the 2020 playoffs, but the leading scorer in WNBA history is a fun new one.

As a starting point to quantify this idea, let’s look at an updated list of most the similar seasons based on a modified version of my SCHOENE projection system, which looks at several key statistical indicators, height and weight. (The full SCHOENE projections incorporate weighted performance over three seasons; this version uses only a single season.)

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