The Dallas Mavericks agreed to a historic extension with Luka Doncic this summer, but that was not the only honor the 22-year-old received. He was also named the cover athlete for NBA 2K22. Luka is on the standard edition with Dirk Nowitzki as one of three players featuring on the 75th-anniversary edition as they became the first two Mavs to be on the cover.
Doncic did not stop there. He led Slovenia to their first Olympic Games and had them in the semifinals. They fell just short of medaling, but it was still an incredible performance by the country for just over 2 million people. Luka will be looking to take another step forward this season as he leads Dallas on a deep playoff run.
NBA 2K22 releases on Sept. 10 and players are already planning their strategies. Bleacher Report named Doncic one of the three best players to build around in MyLeague and MyGM modes, but here is why he should be number one.
Why Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic is the best player to build around in NBA 2K22
Luka is the eighth-highest-rated player in the game at 94 overall. The top players are only 96’s, though. Fans can see a list of the top ten below.
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Nikola Jokic, and Joel Embiid are the only three players ahead of Luka that are under 30. The Mavericks superstar is four years younger than the Greek Freak and the reigning MVP. He is five years younger than Embiid. If players are planning a long-term strategy having four or five extra seasons of a superstar makes a massive difference.
One monster season could have Luka sitting at a 96 overall as the top player in the league. The 22-year-old is one of the best scorers in the game, but he can rebound and make plays with the best of them. Doncic’s diverse skill set allows players to use him in several different ways to dominate the competition.
Luka Doncic is the best player to start a team with in NBA 2K22. Fans planning to buy the game should put him on their team and not think twice. The Dallas Mavericks superstar is going to be a problem for the next 15 seasons in both the video game and real life. Enjoy the ride.