Only in his sophomore year, Luka Doncic is already described as phenomenal, unstoppable. This year, Doncic is on the elite list of NBA 2019-20 season MVP candidates.
Ryan Carlisle, Dallas Mavericks head coach, maximized the player’s MVP potential, without actually changing the game.
Who is Luka Doncic?
A Slovenian professional player, Luka Doncic was drafted to the NBA in 2018. He was the third overall pick, initially selected by Atlanta Hawks and was later traded to Dallas Mavericks for draft rights over Trae Young.
He played for the Mavericks since then as a point guard/small forward. In 2018-19 seasons, Doncic was awarded the NBA Rookie of the Year.
He also plays for the Slovenia national basketball team.
Even during draft night, Carlisle has already spoken greatly about the draftee, saying, “He’s just too good. We get a guy we think is franchise foundation piece.”
There is no denying his presence in the league. Other NBA coaches and players agree.
“Luka’s playing out of this world. … He was so phenomenal last year with all the triple-doubles. I thought people were just going to really hone in on him, but he’s even gotten better. … To average a triple-double over a whole month is unbelievable – and that at 20.” ~ Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks former power forward
“Anything is a possibility with him.” ~ Jalen Brunson, Dallas Mavericks guard
He’s a “one-in-a-whatever talent.” ~ Maxi Kleber, Dallas Mavericks power forward
“He’s a gamer. … He’s one of those guys who;’s born with it.” ~ J.J. Barea, Dallas Mavericks guard
“But what the guy is doing at 20 years old is incredible. … He’s a keeper.” ~ Mark Cuban, Dallas Mavericks owner
“Obviously he’s a great young talent. I love his game, his ability to not only create shots for himself; but you guys know I love the fact that he can get great looks for his teammates.” ~ LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers forward
“He’s still a baby … He’s already doing amazing. It’s going to be scary. It’s going to be scary when he fully figures it out and he starts to really hit his prime.” ~ Paul George, Los Angeles Clippers forward
“He’s the most exciting player that has appeared in basketball in recent years.” ~ Giannis Antetekounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks forward
“I really think he’s the future of this league. He’s unbelievable. Last year, I was extremely impressed with his game. He has taken it to a whole new level. … I looked up at the score and saw his stats and I thought, ‘Man, that’s the most quiet 29, 15 and 14 I’ve ever seen in my life.’” ~ Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers forward
“He going to be a problem. He already a problem, but he’s going to be really good for a long time. He is exciting to watch. He has kind of lifted that franchise.” ~ Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors forward
“He’s a really, really, really good player. Not just for a rookie. … He’s got real game. He’s a real pro.” ~ Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers point guard
“He’s a tough guard. He’s a physical guy. He can get any shot pretty much that he wants. … It just goes to show you how impressive he is. Nothing fazes him, nothing speeds him up, his shot has gotten better. He’s pretty much a magician.” ~ Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards guard
“He’s going to push Dirk Nowitzki for the greatest European to ever play this game.” ~ David Fizdale, New York Knicks coach
“He has great vision, Lebron-ish. … But I think Luka’s just going to be — Luka and people are going to try to probably model their game after him more than him modelling after anyone else. ~ Doc Rivers, Los Angeles Clippers coach