The Dallas Mavericks can re-sign Luka Doncic to a rookie max extension this summer. The 22-year-old is expected to ink the deal, but the organization is facing pressure to build a title contender around the young superstar. Doncic wants to win, and doing so is the key to keeping him in Dallas for his entire career.
Before Luka signs his new deal, he is trying to lead Slovenia to the Olympics for the first time. The 22-year-old is the star among the 2.081 million people in his native country. Slovenia must win the Lithuanian Olympic Qualifying tournament. They are one of six teams in the event with only the champion advancing to Tokyo later this summer.
Luka and Slovenia had their first game on June 30. They were massive favorites against Angola, who dropped their opener to Poland 83-64 on Tuesday. Doncic put on a show in Lithuania on Wednesday morning local time in Dallas. Here is a closer look at his performance.
Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic helps Slovenia dominate Angola
Luka had it on full display from the opening tip. Here he finds Mike Tobey for the easy score.
Doncic was far from done. It did not matter what defense Angola threw at him, Luka solved it. See another beautiful first quarter dime below.
It was not just in the first quarter. The 22-year-old superstar had a steal and dunk in the third to push Slovenia further in front.
Slovenia dominated the action on their way to a 118-68 victory. Luka Doncic finished with 13 points, six rebounds, nine assists, and five steals. Slovenia outscored Angola by 26 in his just over 17 minutes on the floor. Luka was four of eight from the field in the win.
Luka Doncic and Slovenia are back in action on July 1 versus Poland. The winner will be first place in the group and avoid the host country Lithuania in the semifinals. Expect a monster performance from the Dallas Mavericks superstar on Thursday morning. Fans can keep it locked to The Smoking Cuban for all the latest on Luka.