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Kevin Love calls Mavs’ Luka Doncic a ‘magician’ and ‘the future of the league’

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More and more NBA players are starting to take notice of Luka Doncic’s greatness at such a young age.

After getting validation from LeBron James and earning the admiration of former Dallas Mavericks teammate Dirk Nowitzki, last season’s NBA Rookie of The Year and Mavs rising star also received some praise from Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love.

Seeing firsthand how promising the 20-year-old budding star is in the Cavs’ 111-131 defeat to the Mavs on Sunday, Love was in awe of how advanced Doncic is — especially for someone just entering his second season in the pros.

“I really think he’s the future of this league,” Love said, per Cleveland.com’s Chris Fedor.

“He’s unbelievable. Last year, I was extremely impressed with his game. He has taken it to a whole new level. In that fourth quarter, we were by our bench and they were shooting and 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.’

“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.”

In six games so far, Doncic has managed to one-up his spectacular rookie season, averaging outstanding numbers of 26.7 points, 10.3 rebounds, 9.5 assists and 1.5 steals while shooting 46.4 from the field and 35.2 from three.

Love, on the other hand, has also been doing quite well for himself this year. After playing just 22 games last year due to injury, he managed to bounce back beautifully and is norming 19.2 points, 15.3 boards and 4.3 dimes in six games.