Who is Luka Doncic? He included in a draft day traded for Trae Young. Some say he was the best prospect in the draft or the most NBA ready prospect in the draft. We didn’t get a chance to see him at summer league because he played over 80+ games during the Euroleague.
Doncic is the youngest Euroleague MVP at 19 years old. In 2018 he was a Euroleague champion, Euroleague MVP, Euroleague Final Four MVP, Liga ACB MVP and he’s also a 3x Liga ACB Champion. He debuted in the top-tier Spanish league at age 16. He won a gold medal with the Slovenia national team in 2017.
Even with all the accolades many fans don’t know if he can play. He seems to be a crafty guard although he’s a big guard at 6’7. He can handle the ball and has pretty good vision. His big size allows him to dribble in one direction, jump and fire an accurate pass to the other side of the court.
In the NBA he will play next to Dennis Smith Jr., an explosive guard who is a really good catch and shoot player. The two will split ball handling duties and that should benefit both players going forward. Smith is good on the catch shoot and Doncic is a good passer. Doncic is a big guard and can create mismatches against smaller players.
Doncic has a great mentor in Dirk Nowitzki. Dirk did not have all the accolades when he came over to the NBA but he can teach Doncic how to become a professional in this league. Dirk is not only a fan favorite but one of the most likeable NBA superstars ever.
Of course Doncic will struggle as a rookie guard. We still don’t know if his shooting will translate and some people think he will struggle against NBA athletes. With that said he still might be the favorite to win rookie of the year.
Expect some hot takes early on if he struggles. I expect him to have a solid rookie campaign that falls short of winning rookie of the year. He’ll have some highlight passes and then surprise people with some dunks or crossovers. Overall it should be a fun year and an exciting time to check out some Mav games.