Luka Doncic seen as a taller version of Jason Kidd by Mavs insiders
Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic has become the best-kept secret in the NBA after the European phenom failed to make any appearances in this year’s Summer League. While he’s yet to have a taste of the NBA hardwood, legend has it that he’s come close to resembling a “taller version of Jason Kidd,” who was recently inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame earlier this month and won a championship with the Mavs in 2011.
“Luka has been playing in the gym with the guys every day and he’s looked great,” teammate Dirk Nowitzki told Dwain Price of Mavs.com. “He’s a big body guard, he can move, he can shoot, he’s got unbelievable passing skills.
“He’s got passes through the legs and behind the back in scrimmages already, so I think we’re going to have a lot of fun watching him over the years grow even more. He’s fun to watch.”
Doncic had already shown glimpses of the modern point-forward while playing for the Slovenian national team in last year’s EuroBasket tournament, bringing home the gold. He reinforced that by putting up 4.6 assists per game between Liga ACB (Spain) and EuroLeague play.
Standing close to 6-foot-8, Doncic has the potential of becoming a very dynamic small forward, already possessing all the necessary skills to become a catalyst for this roster, now under the tutelage of another international great like Dirk Nowitzki, as he performs the ultimate passing of the baton from an icon to a future Dallas great.