Dallas Mavericks: Charlotte Hornets players praise Luka Doncic
By Tyler Watts
Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic received praise from Willy Hernangomez and Bismack Biyombo of the Charlotte Hornets. See why here.
The Dallas Mavericks have been part of the NBA’s Global Games in recent seasons. In 2018, they traveled to China for two preseason games against the Sixers. The Mavs defeated the Detroit Pistons in Mexico City on Dec. 12. The initiative is part of the NBA’s attempt to expand the game.
They are back at it as the Milwaukee Bucks face the Charlotte Hornets in Paris on Friday afternoon. The two teams made sense. Giannis Antetokounmpo is a massive star in Europe. The Hornets have French National Team standout Nicolas Batum plus Willy Hernangomez who played for Real Madrid in the EuroLeague.
Shouting out Luka
Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer caught up with the three international Hornets (Batum, Hernangomez, and Bismack Biyombo) to discuss the differences in the European basketball system versus what fans would see here in the U.S. It is a must-read article.
The Hornets heaped praise on Luka Doncic. Hernangomez, who played with Luka at Real Madrid, credits the system style in Europe for the Mavericks star’s incredible basketball IQ. Biyombo also gave Doncic props.
The 20-year-old star benefits greatly from his professional experience. That is why it is so difficult to speed him up and get him off his game. Luka has seen it all before. Facing it at such an early age makes it natural.
It will be interesting to see if more of the top players start coming from Europe. It has worked for Luka Doncic and Giannis. Their success likely played a role in players like LaMelo Ball heading to Australia to play professionally this season. Keep an eye on this developing trend.
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