Luka Doncic has quickly become the exciting rookie face of the Dallas Mavericks. At only 19, he’s one of the younger starting players in the league. But judging off his past experience in Spain, we shouldn’t really be surprised. Last season he led his team, Real Madrid, to a championship title while also winning the MVP. And that was at 18 years old.
Doncic On The Court
Doncic plays with the confidence of a much older player. Perhaps it’s the success that he had in Spain that has buoyed him on. Whatever it is, he plays with a swagger and a risk-taking attitude that is producing good results for the Mavericks. His size and finesse with the ball make him a difficult point guard to cover one-on-one. He’s quick with passes to the wing and creates his own shot as well.
Coach Carlisle does admit that at times Doncic gets overexcited and tries a trick pass that’s too tricky or takes unrealistic shots. But that’s a small price to pay for the offense Doncic is generating this season. The 15-14 Mavs are happy to have a winning record this year.
The team has even eased up on their silly hazing practice of making rookies pack their things in children’s cartoon character backpacks. Apparently Doncic gets a pass for his good performance this year.
The Mavericks are still not a top team in the league. Barely above .500, it is unsure whether they have playoff chances or not. Maybe this season is just a test run for Doncic and the Mavs. From what we’ve seen thus far of Doncic, he is a special player for the Mavs to hold on to for years to come.