things other nba players and coaches have said about luka doncic

Luka Doncic: What Other NBA Players and Coaches Think of Him

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

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3 Major Records that LeBron James are About to Break this Season

The 2019-20 NBA season hasn’t started yet, but LeBron James has already created a buzz. It seems that people can never get enough of James—and we should never either.

Just last season in a game versus Denver Nuggets, he surpassed Michael Jordan’s record in the all-time scoring list. However, he still needs 6,077 more points to pass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s scoring record of 38,387 points.

Hats off to one of the GOATs that the fans have seen throughout the years because this year James will surely break tons of records on his 17th season in the league. 

He is expected to play for as long as he possibly can, although the average retirement age of NBA players is 34 or 35 years old. The age of 40 is the final benchmark.

Here’s a roundup based on conservative guesstimates.

1) James as the 4th all-time highest points

James is in the third spot in the list of career scoring leaders. Kobe Bryant, Karl Malone, and Abdul-Jabbar are still ahead of him.

To grab Bryant’s spot, he needs to score 1,100 points this season. A team would play up to 82 games, and James averages 13 points per game. If he played at all games and score 13 points for each, he would have 1,066 points.

More or less, he would break this record. However, he would have to play six to eight seasons more to grab the second and first spots, respectively. 

He must stay physically fit as well if he wants to do so. This one’s a stumbling block considering the four-time MVP’s age and evident physical decline that sceptics say started last season.

2) James as the 5th all-time highest field goals

James has to surpass Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain, Malone, and Abdul-Jabbar. He recently surpassed Bryant.

He has 11,838. So if he scored the 1,066 points in the 2019-20 NBA season, he would end up as the third-highest field goal scorer in history. Jordan has 12,192 while Chamberlain, 12,681.

He would beat Malone’s record, which is currently at 13,528, in the next season, 2020-21. After that, he still needs two more seasons to be #1.

3) James as the 8th all-time highest three points

While James is not a three-pointer, he managed to land at 8th place behind Bryant, Joe Johnson, Dirk Nowitzki, Paul Pierce, Vince Carter, Reggie Miller, and Ray Allen.

James per game average is three three-point shots, and his three-point shooting percentage is not that great, at 34.3%. It means he was making 738 points from his three-points per season or 246 baskets in total.

With this, he must make 33 three-point baskets to eclipse Bryant, 83 for Johson, 85 for Nowitzki, 138 for Pierce, and 167 for Carter to land the third position. This may happen this season if he would deliver on his current averages or even more.

In the next season, he might be the #1 all-time highest three-point shooter if he would make 277 and 415 baskets to outdo Miller and Allen, respectively.

 

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5 Highest-Paid Basketball Players of All-Time

Jay-Z famously said, “I’m not a businessman—I’m a business, man!”

And these NBA stars truly embody playing basketball as an infinite income source.

You won’t find any LeBron James or Stephen Curry in the list (both are working their way up to appearing in the future list, though). But these names are some of the wealthiest NBA players to date.

#5 Tim Duncan

Total earnings: $240.1 million

Highest single-season pay: $22.2 million

Seasons: 19

Duncan was given the name The Fundamental by none other than O’Neal. For O’Neal, he was one of the most fundamentally sound players in the NBA then and now. 

O’Neal knew because the Duncan-led San Antonio Spurs snatched the 2002-03 championship from the Lakers. Speaking of which, Duncan has earned sizable amount from his stint with the Spurs. 

However, he was not all for earning millions of dollars. He sacrificed bigger paychecks twice in his career: one with a salary cut in 2012 to keep the Spurs intact and two with a massive discount for a $10.4 million contract, again with Spurs.

#4 Dirk Nowitzki

Total earnings: $246.6 million

Highest single-season pay: $25 million

Seasons: 20

Among the NBA players in this list, Nowitzki is the only who still plays. He plays for the Dallas Mavericks where he was reportedly earning $5 million for his one-season contract. 

In 2017, he received his biggest pay of $25 million. 

The Hall of Famer is one of the all-time leading scorers in the league. He was one of the seven players who scored more than 30,000 points throughout their career.

#3 Shaquille O’Neal

Total earnings: $286.3 million

Highest single-season pay: $27.7 million

Seasons: 19

O’Neal was known for his strength, agility, and speed—the reasons why 1) he was unstoppable during one-on-ones and 2) he broke two backboards during his rookie year. No pun intended there as it only knows how forceful O’Neal can become.

O’Neal led the Lakers championships for three consecutive years from 2000 to 2002. His biggest paycheck came in 2004-05 NBA season when he led the team to the Finals once more.

#2 Kobe Bryant

Total earnings: $323.3 million

Highest single-season pay: $30.5 million

Seasons: 20

Despite a season-ending knee injury that he sustained in the 2013-14 season, this was Bryant’s highest-paying season still.

Bryant was an MVP, a four-time Finals MVP, and a five-time NBA champion. Such accomplishments were rewarded handsomely by the Los Angeles Lakers management.

The Black Mamba overtook O’Neal’s supposed second stop if he didn’t retire one season behind Bryant. Bryant was also one season short of Garnett’s.

#1 Kevin Garnett

Total earnings: $334.3 million

Highest single-season pay: $28 million

Seasons: 21

His overall revenues are not the main reason why Garnett earned the moniker The Big Ticket. But contract-wise, the retired player earns the honour of being the richest man in the NBA. 

In fact, he was the primary reason the league introduced a cap on contracts after signing a $126 million deal for six years.

The only player who was about to surpass his earnings is LeBron James.

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