Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle had some high praise for his superstar player, Luka Doncic, following another tremendous performance from the reigning Rookie of the Year on Saturday. The Mavs coach sees some of Larry Bird and Jason Kidd in the young Slovenian.
Carlisle made his bold claim in hist post-game press conference, following the Mavs’ huge 136-132 overtime victory over the league-best Milwaukee Bucks:
“He knows where everybody is not only on offense, but defense. That’s the sign of a savant-type guy. I’ve played with Larry Bird, he could see everything like that. I had the privilege of coaching Jason Kidd,” Doncic said, via NBA insider Tim Bontemps. “Luka is in that same mold.”
Those are some of the biggest names in NBA history that Carlisle threw in there, but judging by how amazing Doncic was on Saturday, it’s hard to argue against his coach’s statement here.
Doncic led the Mavs to a very impressive vicotry over Giannis Antetokounmpo and company, with the 21-year-old guard finishing with 36 points (on 12-of-24 shooting), three triples, 14 boards, 19 assists, a steal, and just two turnovers in 42 minutes of action. For good measure, Doncic also made nine out of his 10 attempts from the charity stripe, rounding out another memorable outing for him.
Speaking of Jason Kidd, Doncic dished out an awe-inspiring Kidd-like dime in a crucial play in the overtime period. He also did it over reigning league MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, so if you haven’t seen it, I strongly suggest you check it out here.