Luka Doncic has become an NBA superstar in his first two seasons with the Dallas Mavericks. In his rookie year he came very close to being an All-Star, and in the following season he took an even greater leap, not only earning his place among the initials of the midterm appointment among the best, but establishing himself in the league. as one of the great figures and leading the Texan team to the Playoffs for the first time in three seasons.
The Slovenian is just 21 years old, but he has shown a maturity and intelligence in the game that already places him among one of the best players in the entire competition.
- Place of birth: Ljubljana, Slovenia
- Birthdate: February 28, 1999
- Draft: 2018 (#3)
Your first steps as a professional
With basketball running through his veins, as his father played professionally in Slovenia, from a young age he began to stand out when he was on the school team. Due to his level, the coaches put him to compete in higher categories.
Due to his qualities, he was recruited by Real Madrid when he was 13 years old and he moved to that city to continue his development in the sport. The impact he had was immediate, so he skipped processes and at the age of 15 he began to train with the first team, alongside leaders of the organization such as Sergio Llull, Felipe Reyes, Rudy Fernández, among others, debuting on the 30th. April 2015.
In 216 games with the merengue quintet he won 3 Leagues, 2 King’s Cups, 1 Euroleague and 1 Intercontinental Cup. In the Euroleague Named Final Four MVP that ended with him title in 2017-2018, and entered the best quintet of the competition, averaging 16 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 25:56 minutes of activity throughout the tournament.
For 2018, he declared himself eligible for the NBA Draft when he was 18 years old.
Arrival in the NBA
During his last year with Real Madrid, the question was whether at the end of that season he was going to enter the NBA Draft, since he was going to become eligible. He dominated the entire 2017-2018 season in most local and international competitions.
On April 21, 2018, he sent the documents to be eligible for the class of that same year. The Draft arrived on June 21, 2018 and at the third pick, the Hawks selected him and traded with the Mavs for the rights to Trae Young and a protected 2019 First Round pick, with which Atlanta chose Cam Reddish. .
His debut took place on October 17, 2018 and Luka Mania began as the season progressed. When the voting for the 2019 All-Star Game came, Luka came close to being chosen and joining the list of 45 players who attended the All-Star Game in his rookie year, but he didn’t make it.
Between that All-Star and the 2020 All-Star, he confirmed that he was already a superstar in the league and was part of the starting quintet at Chicago 2020 for the Western Conference, alongside James Harden, LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard and Anthony Davis.
And although the COVID-19 pandemic was in the middle, the Playoffs arrived on the Disney campus and in the First Round they had the misfortune to face the LA Clippers, who won in six games; However, Luka left a very good feeling averaging 31.0 points, 9.8 rebounds and 8.7 assists in 35.8 minutes of play.
The 2020-2021 season still has no start date, but Doncic will face it in search of returning to the postseason and as one of the NBA superstars.
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