NBA Draft: Luka Samanic is a fantastic fit for the Dallas Mavericks

NBA Draft Luka Samanic Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)
NBA Draft Luka Samanic Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images) /

NBA Draft night is June 20, and the Dallas Mavericks should be looking to add stretch four Luka Samanic with the 37th overall selection.

NBA Draft coverage is in full swing. The combine wrapped up over the weekend. As always, there was plenty of new information made available. The Dallas Mavericks have only the 37th overall pick after the Luka Doncic trade last summer. Let us take a look at a projected second-round pick that stood out.

Luka Samanic is a 19-year-old power forward. He measured at 6’10 and 227 pounds with a 6’10.5 wingspan. Samanic did plenty to stand out at the combine, though.

He played for KK Olimpija in Slovenia this season. Samanic produced 8.0 points and 4.8 rebounds in 18.4 minutes per game over 50 games.

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Luka Samanic showed a smooth shooting stroke that fans can see here. He displayed plenty of range to be a stretch four.

Samanic also answered NBA teams defensive questions in a 5-on-5 scrimmage. Here is what Jonathan Givony had to say during Thursday’s game.

Samanic finished the scrimmage with 13 points, seven rebounds, one 3-pointer made, and one block in just over 19 minutes.

Mavs fit

The Dallas Mavericks select 37th overall, and Samanic may not make it that far. He looked like the best player on the court in the combine scrimmage. Samanic may have pushed himself into being a first-round choice.

The Mavs would love to add Samanic, though. He fits that Porzingis mold as a stretch four with size and shooting ability. The Mavericks would need to play Samanic next to a rim-protecting and roll man five, but he could open the floor and create plenty of driving lanes. Expect Luka Samanic to be a highly sought-after prospect on June 20.

Final thoughts

NBA Draft prospect Luka Samanic stood out at the combine. He was the only international player at the event. Samanic improved his stock significantly. It will be interesting to see where Samanic is selected on draft night.

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