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Dallas Mavericks: Why Luka Doncic is underpaid in $207 million extension

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Why Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic is underpaid in extension: 3. Potential

Young players get paid based on their potential all the time across every major sport. That did not happen here. Luka Doncic is already one of the five best players in the NBA. He had the best value contract last season, according to Spotrac. Doncic earned just $8.1 million but produced like a max contract player.

The 22-year-old’s supermax extension does not kick in until the 2022-2023 season. He will again have the top value contract in the NBA as he finishes out his rookie deal. Consider this, Stephen Curry had the tenth best contract value among guards, while making $40.2 million. Doncic finished seventh in FiveThirtyEight’s WAR and Curry was tenth.

Luka has improved in each of his first three NBA seasons and is still just 22 years old. He added an impressive mid-range arsenal and dramatically increased his shooting efficiency last season. What will be the next improvement? The better question is, what will Doncic’s game look like five years from now as he enters his age-27 season? The potential is scary.

Luka is already unstoppable and should improve in each year of his new extension. He already outproduces a max contract value. After five years of improvements, Doncic’s potential is limitless.