Now's the time for the NBA-world to stop overlooking Doncic.
Despite this and the fact that defenses can largely key in on him, Doncic has a less than impressive roster at 26-21, in 7th place in a loaded Western Conference.
While the precedent around MVP is that it typically is only given to a player on a high seed, there have been exceptions. Jokic won the MVP in 2021-22 as a 6th seed, carrying a roster that is comporable to this years Mavericks. Additionally, for all Embiid's greatness this season, his Sixers currently sit 5th in the east, and are in the midst of a 4 game losing skid.
Despite this, Luka is still listed with the third-highest MVP odds. Until Embiid got injured and it became clear he wouldn't meet the minimum number of games, Doncic spent most of the season with the 4th or 5th best odds. While Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Jokic, and others are very deserving of the award, it has become clear that Luka is often overlooked amongst the NBA's best.
Perhaps it is the fact that the game in recent seasons has been dominated by big men that make people forget that we have a 24-year-old all-time great point guard on our hands who has yet to earn an MVP or reach the NBA Finals. Until he reaches these heights, it is much too early for any sort of Luka Doncic fatigue.