Dallas Mavericks main man in Luka Doncic instantaneously took over the league when he first came over back in 2018. His impressive showing as a Mavs newcomer playing against tenured players eventually earned praise from a longtime veteran in Jamal Crawford.
“Special. Unbelievable. Even some of the great players, the feel he has for the game is uncanny. It’s a feel thing. It’s not something you can actually teach. You can teach how to play the game, what it is supposed to look like, things you’re supposed to do on the court, but his feel you can’t teach. That’s what makes him special. He is one of my favorites to watch.”
His imposing performance in basketball’s most competitive stage shouldn’t come as a surprise to many. The Slovenian national has long been competing with grown-up men when he debuted for the Real Madrid’s senior team back in 2015. At age 16, he became the youngest player ever to don the club’s colors in franchise history.
Two years later, he led Madrid to the 2018 EuroLeague title, winning the EuroLeague MVP as well as the Final Four MVP. Doncic was also named the ACB Most Valuable Player and won back-to-back EuroLeague Rising Star and ACB Best Young Player awards.
His playing experience overseas made the transition easier as he took his talents to the United States where he was picked by the Atlanta Hawks with the third overall selection and eventually traded to the Mavs back in the 2018 NBA Draft. His arrival immediately boosted the Mavericks from a mediocre team to a playoff squad.
In just two years of playing in the NBA, the 21-year-old is barely scratching the surface of his potential to be one of basketball’s finest talents. Receiving props from Jamal Crawford only speaks volumes and amplifies Doncic’s ability to dominate the league in the coming years.