Doc Rivers calls Mavs’ Luka Doncic a combination of James Harden, Larry Bird, LeBron James
Before the Clippers played the Mavs on Tuesday, Rivers was asked about a comparison for Doncic’s playing style. In response, the veteran champion coach said he sees some LeBron, Bird and Harden in Luka, but he pointed out that the 20-year-old will soon establish his own identity in the league.
Doc Rivers was asked pregame about a comparison for Luka Doncic. Doc said the second-year wing is a combination of James Harden, Larry Bird and LeBron James, among other players.
“I think when he retires people are gonna say, ‘He’s Luka,’” Rivers said.
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The Slovenian wunderkind has been nothing but spectacular in his second year in the NBA. For the season (prior to Wednesday’s showdown), he’s almost averaging a triple-double with 30.6 points (3rd in the league), 10.1 rebounds and 9.8 assists (2nd in the league).
Early on, analysts quickly observed Doncic’s innate understanding of the game and superior basketball IQ. Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle quickly gave Doncic the keys in just his rookie year. He ran the offense for the Dallas and more often than not, he made the right decision.
Luka’s stepback 3-pointer, too, has been his signature and most lethal weapon of choice.
Doncic does all sorts of things in the court despite not being blessed with the god-like athleticism like most of his foes or teammates. Instead, he uses his craftiness, precision, and a solid fundamental base to do pretty much whatever he wants on the floor. So far, Doncic has been effective in this regard.