Dallas Mavericks: Luka Doncic vs. other NBA starting SG’s
By Kohl Rast
In another edition of ranking all the starters by Hoops Habit, we have the starting shooting guards across the board. Unlike last time, this one feels about right for Dallas Mavericks starter, Luka Doncic.
Once again, the writers over at FanSided’s Hoops Habit have taken the time to rank all of the starting players across the NBA at a certain position. This time, the position being ranked is the starting shooting guards from across the league, and the Dallas Mavericks have new rookie sensation, Luka Doncic, slated as the starter.
To read the original post ranking all 30 shooting guards, click here.
As you can see from the post, Luka Doncic is slated as the 20th best shooting guard going into the upcoming season. The writer, Gerald Bourguet, goes into the details, talking about how there are two sets of Luka fans in the NBA right now, the ones who recognize him as the best European prospect we have ever seen and the wrong ones who think he might be a Darko Milicic type bust.
I actually have to agree with where Bourguet has Doncic ranked right now. I think that by the end of the season, people will realize that he is way better than that, but for now, 20 is a safe spot that is not too low for one of the top picks coming out of the 2018 NBA Draft.
Doncic could have a slow season and justify the ranking all the way through, but as was said earlier, the explanation for why he is where he is makes perfect sense. The players ranked directly ahead of Doncic are: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (#19), Danny Green (#18), Andre Roberson (#17), Evan Fournier (#16) and Zach LaVine (#15).
If Doncic does what he is capable of doing and is able to translate his skillset from the Euroleague into the NBA without too much pain, all five of those guys could potentially be moving out of his way. That is the thing about rookies is it is just a guess until they can finally get on the court to prove themselves.
All-in-all, the rankings for the shooting guards are pretty good and we look forward to checking back on them in a few months when Doncic has had some time to really get a feel for the game. Keep watching over the next few days as I break down the rankings for the remaining Mavs starters.