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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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4 NBA Players Who Retired and Staged a Successful Comeback

The times are miserable and chaotic for the New York Knicks.

As if the drought hasn’t entirely played out yet with five straight losing seasons, Richard Jefferson chose to retire instead of playing for the team.

Let that sink in first.

It was difficult enough for the Jim Dolan-owned team, which was the only franchise to offer him a job. What more hearing a 17-season, admittedly washed Jefferson outright refused millions of dollars in exchange for becoming a Knicks player?

At this point, though, we won’t know whether Jefferson will ever come back playing.

However, these NBA players knew that they have to make a comeback and proved their worth once more.

If you’ve meant to ask that question, yes, he can. He can come back at any stage of retirement. It is the right of any retired NBA player.

Can a player come back after retirement?

Comebacks are not equally successful, however, at least compared with these returning players. 

#4 Richie Guerin

Guerin was one of the most underrated NBA Hall of Famers nominees in 2013, but he deserved all the praise and recognition. 

For one, he scored 57 points in a historic game against Syracuse Nationals. It broke scoring records and the curse of eight losses straight against the Nationals.

Unfortunately for him, he played in the New York Knicks when it was yet to win its first NBA championship. 

Guerin retired after the 1966-67 season as a player before he jumped to Atlanta Hawks as a head coach. While there, he was forced a comeback because his players had injuries.

He was the New York hero of his time. When he first set foot in Madison Square Garden for the first time after being traded with the Hawks, Geurin got a five-minute standing ovation.

Yes, he was that great. 

#3 Sidney Moncrief

Hall of Famer Moncrief decided to retire after ten seasons with the NBA and while he was still in his prime. 

A Milwaukee Bucks legend, he was a Defensive Player of the Year awardee twice before he retired in 1989. Those two years were the first two years that the award existed. Some even argued that it was created for him.

Moncrief returned after a couple of years this time with Atlanta Hawks. 

Moncrief was the resident ‘veteran’ and part-time reserve, calling his time with the Hawks, specifically Moses Malone, Doc Rivers, and Dominique Wilkins the most rewarding year in the NBA.

He earned a roster spot, averaging 4.7 points in 15.2 minutes.

#2 Magic Johnson

Johnson retired in 1992 due to health reasons—he was diagnosed with HIV. He planned on playing for the next two seasons, but his health prevented his comeback.

In 1994, he became the Los Angeles Lakers head coach. He came back playing in 1996, displaying his all-around skills despite being one of the greatest point guards in NBA history.

Despite the controversies involving decreased playing time of other players when he entered the Lakers, he led the team to the playoffs. The team finished 53-29.

#1 Michael Jordan

Dubbed as the greatest comeback of all time, Jordan staged two comebacks, but the first one is the more successful one. 

He originally retired due to burnout and depression after his father’s death. Jordan focused on playing baseball to make his father’s dream come true.

He came back to play for the Chicago Bulls after a less than stellar performance with the Chicago White Sox’s. 

With Bulls, Jordan won more championships and MVP awards. 

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NBA Leaders in Most Triple Doubles; No, It’s Not Russell Westbrook Yet

On his second outing playing for the Houston Rockets, Russell Westbrook passed Magic Johnson with his 139th triple-double record. He is now the second NBA player with the most triple-doubles.

On the game against the New Orleans Pelicans, the Rockets won 126-123. Westbrook chipped in 28 points, ten rebounds, and 13 assists.

What is a triple-double?

That is precisely what triple-double is: achieving a double-digit total on three out of five statistical categories in basketball such as point, steal, rebound, assist, and block in a single game.

Only a few NBA players reached double-double and triple-double in one game. Here are the names of who hold the records (as of November 2019).

#1 Oscar Robertson (181)

Robertson still holds the career-record triple-doubles at 181. He reached his 100th triple-double status in just 277 games. The Big O is the only NBA player who has back-to-back triple-double seasons. He averaged 30 points, 12 rebounds, and 11 assists in one season while he was still playing.

Robertson was also listed as one of the best guards in NBA history.

#2 Russell Westbrook (139)

Westbrook’s last two season averages are a triple-double. Only 30 years (turning 31 on November 12) and with no injuries, Westbrook has up to six good playing years ahead of him.

Interestingly, he was also the third NBA player to get passed the 100th mark of games with triple-doubles at 736 games. 

#3 Magic Johnson (138)

Johnson’s on-court physical dominance was the key to amassing such many triple-doubles. He was a shooter, rebounder with excellent assisting skills. However, he had to retire early because of an illness. He too could have passed Robertson’s record if he continued playing for Los Angeles Lakers.

He reached his career-record of 100 triple-doubles in 656 games.

#4 Jason Kidd (107)

Kidd was the triple-doubler who has his ways with the ball. He often starts with a rebound, dribbles the ball to the other side, and passes the ball to his teammate. He was scoring triple-doubles even on his rookie season. 

He held the record of most triple-doubles that pass the 25 points until Luka Doncic steal the record On November 3 Dallas Mavericks game against Cleveland Cavaliers.

Kidd is now the assistant coach of Los Angeles Lakers. 

#5 LeBron James (81)

James is the second active NBA player in the top five. Although he also has a good shot taking over the #1 spot from Robertson, he isn’t explicitly aiming for it. And at 34, sports analysts say that the number of high-level years from King James is already limited.

Nonetheless, he is still in the running for reaching his 100th triple-double. But that the fans have to wait.

The question now is not whether Westbrook can surpass Robertson’s record because he surely can. It’s only a matter of time—there’s only a 42 deficit, and NBA teams play for 82 games per season.

The 2019-20 NBA season could be it.

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For Westbrook’s likely take over of the #1: will it be this 2019-20 or 2020-21? What do you think?