Mavs’ Luka Doncic posts legendary picture that features Yao Ming dwarfing him, Dirk Nowitzki
NBA Hall of Famer Yao Ming has a knack of dwarfing tall people when standing next to him. That will happen when you’re 7 feet 6 inches tall.
Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic recently posted a photo of himself posing with the former Houston Rockets star, along with Mavs legend and teammate Dirk Nowitzki. The Slovenian wunderkind was excited to have a photo opportunity with two of the greatest international players to have played in the NBA.
However, he didn’t seem to realize that he looked like a midget while standing next to the two, especially Yao.
— Luka Doncic (@luka7doncic) October 6, 2018
While Doncic is already considerably tall at 6-foot-7, he is still around a good foot shorter than Yao. Nowitzki is a legit 7-footer and Yao still towers over him.
The Mavs were in China for a preseason showdown with Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, and the Philadelphia 76ers. Even though the Mavs came up short against the Sixers, 120-114, Doncic still showed out for the Chinese fans. He filled up the stat sheet en route to 11 points, six rebounds, three assists, three steals, and two blocks in 30 minutes of action.
Doncic, the third overall pick in this year’s draft, seems to be living up to the hype as the most highly touted prospect coming out of Europe. He has had two encouraging preseason games so far tucked under his belt, with the first also being an all-around effort against the Beijing Ducks, in which he tallied 16 points, six rebounds, three blocks, and two steals.
Despite the solid start, Doncic still has a long way to go to reach the heights of Dirk and Yao.
While Yao’s career was cut short due to lingering ankle and foot issues, there is no question that he had a Hall of Fame career due to the cultural impact he had on the league and the game in general. Nowitzki, on the other hand, is well on his way to the Hall and is arguably the best international player to ever set foot in the NBA.
Thanks to Doncic’s world-class talent that enabled him to become the youngest EuroLeague MVP at the age of 19, we could very well be seeing three of the best international players ever to play in the NBA in that above photo.