Jimmy Butler offered baskets to every teammate20 April 2020 / Miguel Coelho
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Can we already assume that Luka Doncic is going to be the face of the league for years to come? Truth be told, we haven’t seen Zion Williamson play an official game yet, the rookie with the most hype after LeBron James in 2003. Even so, Doncic is taking the NBA by storm this year, producing ridiculous averages on his 2nd year, making teams regret that they didn’t take him earlier.
DeAndre Ayton, Marvin Bagley III, Trae Young and Jaren Jackson Jr were the selections picked before the Slovenian, all very good players but not with the superstar potential that Doncic is showing. The only ones who can come close are Ayton and Young, but still, it’s incredible to think how all these teams let the 20-year-old escape through their fingers, especially when European basketball is at an all-time high in terms of development and access. At 18 years of age, the Mavs player was finishing his season at Real Madrid with MVP honors at Euroleague Final Four and winning alongside Goran Dragic, Slovenia’s first EuroBasket title. How couldn’t you see his potential?
In an era where European players like Giannis Antetokounmpo, Rudy Gobert, Nikola Jokic, between a few other notable ones, are playing a decisive role in the league, executives from various NBA teams still take the most safe route in drafting the supposedly “most-ready NBA player” that’s in the NCAA. Don’t get me wrong, the 2018 draft is loaded with great players who could very well have a big impact on the league for the next few years, but Luka’s path to stardom was nothing short of amazing, only within reach of generational talents.
Yesterday, he recorded an insane triple-double in a win over the San Antonio Spurs, becoming the 2nd youngest player to post such a statline behind LeBron James. Let’s get to some of the records Luka broke already at such a young age.
2nd youngest to post a 40-point triple-double | 42 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists in a win over the Spurs.
Most triple-doubles by a Maverick since Michael Finley | Doncic’s already catching up the all-time Mavericks greats.
First teenager to record a 30-point triple-double | In a game against Toronto, Luka dropped 35 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.
On his latest matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers, he received high praise from “The King” himself, a player he says has been his idol for quite some time. If he keeps performing at such a high level, the Dallas Mavericks have a pretty good shot at making the playoffs as well as he has of finishing MVP voting in the top-5 to go along with a NBA 1st or 2nd Team selection. It’s safe to say the future of the league is in good hands, and surprisingly for many people, European superstars will rule it for years to come.
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