Dallas Mavericks: Luka Doncic plans to play in Olympic qualifier

Tyler Watts
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic plans to suit up for his native Slovenia in the FIBA Olympic qualifying tournament. Find out more here.

The Dallas Mavericks are currently enjoying their All-Star break. Luka Doncic just wrapped up a massive weekend in Chicago. He started in the All-Star game as a 20-year-old. Luka also had everyone talking with his incredible shot in the Rising Stars game. The reigning Rookie of the Year made a ton of memories in his first All-Star appearance.

The Mavericks play their next game on Friday in Orlando. They return to practice on Wednesday, though. The team will be pushing for homecourt in the first round of the playoffs in their remaining contests. They are currently 3.5 games behind the fourth-seeded Utah Jazz.

Luka Doncic will be the star man and catalyst of their success down the stretch. He is not stopping after the NBA season, though.

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Plans to play in the Olympics

Luka Doncic was asked repeatedly about his thoughts on playing this summer during All-Star weekend. Fans can hear his comment following Sunday’s game below.

The 20-year-old clearly plans to be in the starring role for Slovenia. Their qualifying tournament takes place in Lithuania. They need to defeat Korea, Venezuela, Poland, Angola, and the hosts to qualify for the Olympics later in the summer.

The 2020 Games will only feature 12 teams. Remember, Doncic and Goran Dragic led Slovenia to a championship in EuroBasket 2017. They will be viewed as one of the most dangerous teams in the qualifying phase.

It should come as no surprise Luka plans to compete. He has said on numerous occasions that he wants to suit up for Slovenia anytime he is healthy. Doncic is impressive in FIBA action. He will be making plays all over the court and have his country in every game. Consider them the favorites to come out of that group.

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