Dallas Mavericks: Luka Doncic ranked 14th in 25-under-25
By Kohl Rast
Dallas Mavericks new rookie phenom, Luka Doncic, has been ranked 14th in FanSided’s annual “25-under-25” rankings. Luka is the highest ranked rookie on the list.
The rookie class this year is looking really good early on and many of the NBA writers and analysts seem to agree that Luka Doncic is leading the pack thanks to his many overseas accomplishments already under his belt. The Dallas Mavericks really made an incredible trade to land the impressive guard.
As far as these rankings for Luka go, I don’t see any issue with him being ranked as high as he is. There has never been a more accomplished player to come to the NBA than Luka has at the age of 19. A lot of good things are on the way for the Dallas Mavericks and Luka Doncic.
Dennis Smith Jr. ranked 29th on the list, which you can read about here. You can also see all of the top 25 rankings here, or see the specific post about Luka Doncic and his 14th overall ranking here.
The guys in front of Luka Doncic on this list have had a year to establish themselves as NBA players and have proven that they can play at the highest level. For that reason, it is fair that Luka is ranked lower than 13 other guys, but I do feel that he will be able to earn his spot in the top 10 within the year. That is how confident I (and the rest of the Mavs fans) are in his abilities.
The NBA season is taking way too long to get here this year, but everyone is eager to see just what Carlisle has in store for Luka, DSJ, and the rest of the Mavs players going forward. One thing to be certain of is that Luka Doncic will be a vital player for the team even in his rookie year.
If I were placing a bet on any player for any particular award this season, it would probably be Luka Doncic for Rookie of the Year. If any player could reach his potential in this upcoming season, I believe it is Luka and I also believe that his ceiling is as high as anyone’s in pure basketball ability. He may not be the most athletic player in the group, but he knows the game as well as anyone.
Luka Doncic may rank 14th in the top 25 players under the age of 25 this year, but I think it is safe to say that he has a good chance of moving up next year. And Mavs fans won’t be surprised about it one bit.