DRAFT TRADE: Traded to Dallas Mavericks
About Luka Doncic
Luka Doncic is a skilled playmaker with a mature game beyond his years coming off one of the best seasons any teenager has ever had in the best professional league outside of the NBA. Among the most highly-regarded youth players in European history, Doncic quickly ascended the ranks after signing with Real Madrid at age 13 and developed his skills primarily against adults. Made his ACB debut at age 16 and began seeing rotation minutes in the EuroLeague the following season filling a minor, yet steady role during the 2015-2016 campaign. Saw his playing time expand considerably in 2016-17 averaging 7.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game. Had an even stronger showing with 14.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game teaming with Goran Dragic to lead Slovenia to an improbable gold medal at FIBA EuroBasket 2017. Maintained that momentum returning to Real Madrid in a huge role this season averaging 14.5 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game to help the historic Spanish club to a EuroLeague Championship while collecting a host of the competition’s highest individual honors.
Father, Sasa Doncic was a similarly sized swingman who scored at a strong rate across almost a dozen leagues in central and eastern Europe during a 15-year professional career.
- Listed anywhere from 198 cm to 200 cm — or approximately 6’7 — by most sources. Possesses impressive size for a player who handled the ball extensively this season to go along with a solid frame for a teenager. Not the most explosive or shifty athlete, but fluid and crafty getting to spots with the potential to become more dynamic as his body improve.
- Fairly competitive defender whose size can a plus when contesting shots. Allowed 0.824 points per Isolation possession[50th percentile] holding up well on the ball in spots away from the rim. More active some times than others. Lacks a degree of physicality defending the post and speed defending elite scoring guards. Has good instincts in the passing lanes and on the glass. Has attainable progress to make as a team defender and could hold his own more often individually as his frame improves.
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Ranked 1st among guards