Dallas Mavericks: Luka Doncic receives high-praise from the Warriors

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 received praise from both Kevin Durant and Warriors Coach Steve Kerr after the Mavs recent victory over the Dubs.

The Dallas Mavericks earned a massive win over the Golden State Warriors on Nov. 17.  The Warriors were without Steph Curry and Draymond Green, but the Mavs staged a fourth-quarter rally for a 112-109 victory over the two-time defending NBA champions.  It was an outstanding team performance.

Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic played the starring role in the win.  He finished with 24 points, nine rebounds, four assists, and three turnovers in his 36 minutes of action.  Doncic also sank a degree of difficulty ten shot to give Dallas the lead in the final minutes which fans can watch below courtesy of the Mavs official Twitter.  Then, he followed with two free throws to extend their lead in the final seconds.

It was another stellar performance by the 19 year old Wonder Boy.

Coach Kerr’s thoughts on Luka

Pregame Golden State Warriors Coach Steve Kerr offered some high praise of Luka and his offense.  Fans can listen to that clip here.  That means a ton coming from Kerr.  A man with eight NBA rings to his name including five as a player.  Kerr played 15 seasons in the league before retiring in 2003.

After the Mavs win, he offered a cross-sport comparison for Doncic.  Fans can read it here courtesy of Brad Townsend.

Coach Kerr is a fan of Luka Doncic.  That should only get fans more excited about the rookie’s future potential.

KD heaps on more

Kevin Durant has accomplished it all on the basketball court.  He is won an MVP, Rookie of the Year, and two championships with the Warriors.  That goes without mentioning his nine All-Star appearances and four scoring titles.  Durant had plenty to say about Luka Doncic after the game, though.  Read his comments below courtesy of Dwain Price.

The league is definitely taking notice of Doncic.  The Mavericks rookie should have no problems improving his play as the season wears on, so watch out NBA.

Final thoughts

Dallas Mavericks sensational rookie Luka Doncic is catching the eye of the defending champion Golden State Warriors.  His 24-point performance on Saturday only furthered that watch.  It will be interesting to see how the Warriors adjust to guarding Luka in their second meeting on Dec. 22.  They may use more Klay Thompson and Durant to slow down Wonder Boy.

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The Mavericks return to action on Nov. 21 to face the Brooklyn Nets.  It will be the Nets first time facing Luka Doncic too.  It will be interesting to see what they think after Wednesday’s game.  Expect Doncic to come out and have a massive performance against Brooklyn.