Rookie sensation Luka Doncic has been the talk of the league since the beginning of the season. Doncic is currently averaging 19.1 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 5.1 assists per game. While shooting 42.9 percent from the field, 35.4 percent from three, and 77 percent from the charity stripe, according to Basketball-reference.com
Doncic arrived in the NBA with a lot of hype and was already named possibly the greatest International basketball prospect ever. Scouts, as well as other basketball experts, had questions about if his game and skill set would be able to transition into the NBA. So, far this season he has been able to prove that his game transitions well to the NBA game.
During this time in the Euroleague, Doncic was able to lead Real Madrid to the league champion and is the youngest Euroleague MVP. He follows Sergio Llull and wins back to back MVPs as members of Real Madrid. The only other two times this has happened is when Theodoros Papaloukas and Ramunas Siskauskas of CSKA Moscow won in 2007 and 2008, Anthony Parker won the award back to back in 2005 and 2006 for Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Prior to the 2018 NBA Draft, former Dallas Maverick Jason Terry was a guest on the Mavs Fanatic Podcast. During the podcast, Terry was asked who he thought could help his former team the Dallas Mavericks in the draft. Terry gave the nod to fellow Arizona Wildcat DeAndre Ayton.
“DeAndre Ayton is the best prospect in the draft. Reminds me a lot of Joel Embiid. Multifaceted big. Also, Mo Bamba who reminds me of Clint Capela, who is my candidate for Most Improved Player.” said Terry.
Terry would continue:
“Michael Porter Jr. He did not play last season, but he was a phenomenal talent. Had he come out last year he would of the been the overall number one pick. He has a lot of questions surrounding him.”
As for Luka at the time:
“Luka Doncic would still be on the board, but he was not sold. Dirk will the greatest European player to ever play this game. I don’t know if there is another one coming behind him, but you have to figure at some point there will be somebody. I ain’t seen enough of Luka to know what he can do. I’m not going to knock him at all!”
Since then he has stated the Mavs made the right choice.
Three-time NBA Champion Draymond Green recently went on the record of saying “That dude gonna be a problem. He already a problem.”
Earlier this season former Dallas Maverick Nerlens Noel, shared his first impression of “He has a great feel for the game.”
Raymond Felton stated that Luka is ” Very good and he will do great moving forward.”
“Really good player, and good pace. He is at his own pace. When having someone that is on his pace you never want to speed that up. We knew that he was a good player coming in,” Steven Adams told me.
Wizards point guard John Wall shared this thought about Luka after an early season loss to Dallas back in November.” Very talented and poised you can tell he has been playing overseas for a while. He is very poised for his age and doing a job scoring the ball in different places. Not very fast or athletic, but knows to get to his spots and very crafty.”
Doncic took his game to another level in the second meeting with the Trailblazers in Portland last week (December-23-18), as he hit a buzzer beater with 0.06 seconds to send the game into overtime. The Mavericks would eventually fall to the Trailblazers 121-118 at the Moda Center.
Before a recent home game against the New Orleans Pelicans, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban answers some questions prior before the two teams came out for their pre-game shoot-around. One of the questions was what was his reaction to Luka’s crazy shot against Portland the other night?
“He crushes that s*** all the time. I’m surprised he doesn’t make more of those. I mean, no, It’s just incredible, but we didn’t win the game, Cuban told me.”
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