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Dallas Mavericks: What makes Luka Doncic so special?

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What makes Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic so special: 3. Competitiveness

The faces of the NBA since the 1980s have all been ultra-competitors. From Magic and Bird to Michael to Shaq to Kobe to LeBron, they have all won multiple championships and been known for their competitiveness. Jordan’s must-win attitude was on full display in The Last Dance. Kobe created the Mamba Mentality. It is a separator among the best of the best.

Luka Doncic has that otherworldly competitiveness. The 22-year-old is still trying to harness it in some ways. He was among the league leaders in technical fouls last season because he takes missed calls out on the referees. Luka barks at his teammates when a play goes wrong. The Dallas Mavericks superstar wants to win so bad that it oozes out of every pore in his body.

Doncic always wants to compete for his country. It is part of his competitiveness. He loves to play basketball and win. The 22-year-old led Slovenia to their first Olympic Games this summer and had them seconds away from reaching the gold medal game. Other NBA superstars were looking for a break after the bubble, the short offseason, and jam-packed 2020-2021 season. Not Luka. He just wanted to be on the court.

Luka Doncic may be the most competitive player in the NBA right now and that is a key piece of being the face of the league.