The Dallas Mavericks and superstar Luka Doncic agreed to a historic contract extension this summer. He became the first player ever to qualify for a Rose Rule extension before signing the deal. Players on their rookie contracts must win MVP, be named Defensive Player of the Year in two of the last three seasons, or be named to the All-NBA teams in two of the last three years to earn the distinction. Doncic earned first-team All-NBA honors in 2020 and 2021.
It was just another historic feat for Doncic. There was no squabbling in the contract talks. The Mavericks offered Luka the maximum dollars and years. They gave him a player option for the final season and a trade kicker. The extension was a win for both sides.
The most fascinating thing about Luka’s extension came from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. He let it be known that the NBA is planning to make Doncic the face of the NBA. In a league full of superstars, what separates Luka and makes him so special?
What makes Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic so special?
LeBron James is still the face of the NBA, but he turns 37 in December. How many years does he have left in the league? King James could play into his 40s, but his production is soon to drop off. There are no shortage of players vying for his crown. Giannis Antetokounmpo just led the Bucks to a championship. Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, James Harden, and Nikola Jokic have all won MVP awards. There is plenty of young talent on the rise too.
What makes Luka Doncic stand above the best players in the NBA? Let us take a closer look.