Dallas Mavericks: Luka Doncic is already the Mavs best player

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic is already the highest ranked Mav in ESPN NBArank and they nailed it that the 19-year-old is Dallas’ best player.

The Dallas Mavericks traded up to pick three to select Luka Doncic.  Those three teams are going to regret passing on this special European talent.  Everyone at the Mavs facility that has seen Doncic scrimmage is raving about him, but it is more than that.

Doncic is the quintessential modern NBA player.  He is 6’8 and can do everything on the court.  Doncic is already a better passer and playmaker than some starting NBA point guards.  He can also shoot and handle the ball.  The Slovenian sensation has some flash to his game too that will get fans out of their chairs on game days.

ESPN ranks him as the top Maverick

ESPN released their NBArank this week.  Their goal is to find the best players for the upcoming season.  Doncic checked in at 63 on the list.  He was the only rookie in the top 100 and also the highest rated Dallas Maverick.

The highest rated Mav has a little more distinction.  He was 16 spots ahead of Harrison Barnes who has averaged 19 points per game over the last two seasons and 17 positions ahead of former All-Star and three-time All-NBA player DeAndre Jordan.  That is saying a massive amount about a 19-year-old rookie.

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ESPN also produced this article where Tim MacMahon let it slip that Doncic has been the best in games at the Mavs facility recently in a group that includes not only Dallas players, but All-Stars like LaMarcus Aldridge.

Already the best Maverick?

Okay, you are thinking how could a 19-year-old who has never played an NBA game already be the Mavs best player?  Luka Doncic is not your average rookie, though.  His four years playing for Real Madrid in the second-best league in the world are important.  Doncic did not just play for them.  He was their star player including winning EuroLeague MVP last season.

Doncic also co-piloted the Slovenian National Team to a EuroBasket championship last summer where he faced and defeated many NBA players.  They had a massive win over Spain that featured the likes of Marc Gasol, Pau Gasol, Ricky Rubio, and the Hernangomez brothers.

Doncic has experience despite being a rookie.  He has proven to be a top level talent everywhere he was played to this point.  His next challenge is taking on the NBA, and Luka is already likely the best player on the Dallas Mavericks.

Get ready fans because this is going to be a fun and exciting season as the Dallas Mavericks improve significantly.  They will push for the playoffs and will have plenty of people talking about their future potential.  Stay tuned.

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