The Dallas Mavericks knew Luka Doncic was special from the moment they laid eyes on him. He helped Slovenia win EuroBasket 2017 as a teenager. Doncic followed that up by winning EuroLeague MVP in 2018 as he led Real Madrid to the championship. The Mavs traded up to third overall in the 2018 NBA Draft to draft Doncic but felt like they got a steal.
Luka has quickly become one of the best players in the league. He finished in the top five in the MVP race last season as a 21-year-old. Doncic is an unstoppable offensive engine that leaped to superstar faster than anyone thought he could.
What makes Luka special? Mavericks owner Mark Cuban answered that question on ESPN’s Greeny with Mike Greenberg. Let us take a closer look.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban on what makes Luka Doncic great
Cuban had this to say about Luka.
"“He is such a good kid. He is such a good guy. There are a lot of guys that come into the league with talent and the ability to play and there are guys that say they want to be the best, but the guys who become the best are the ones that set goals for themselves and do whatever it takes to achieve those goals. That’s Luka on the court.”"
Cuban followed up with a story about Doncic improving his game every offseason and become elite at a new skill that takes his game to another level. Then, he had this to say about Luka.
"“And off the court, the kid’s got a heart of gold. There is nothing he won’t do for others. There is not a kid he won’t stop for. There’s not a hospital he won’t visit. There’s not an autograph he won’t sign, and that is just the specialness that comes with greatness. A lot of people talk it, but he walks it. That’s just who Luka Doncic is.”"
The Dallas Mavericks have a special player in Luka. The 21-year-old continues to evolve on the court and be a fantastic leader for the team. It has been a rough start for the Mavs, but Doncic will get them back on track. That is what greatness does.
Expect a monster season from Luka Doncic. The Dallas Mavericks will be looking to make a deep playoff run with the 21-year-old at the controls. Stay tuned to see how it all shakes out.