The Dallas Mavericks made a bold move trading up to draft Luka Doncic in 2018, and it turned into a home run. The 22-year-old already has two first-team All-NBA honors and a Rookie of the Year award to his name. He produces historic stat lines on a near-nightly basis and keeps piling up the accolades.
Doncic had an unforgettable summer. He averaged 35.7 points, 10.3 assists, and 7.9 rebounds per game in the playoffs, but Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers were just too much in their first-round series. Luka went on to lead Slovenia over Lithuania to win the Olympic qualifying tournament. The 22-year-old push his native country of just over 2 million into the semifinals in Tokyo, and they were just seconds away from playing in the gold medal game. Then, Doncic signed a historic contract extension with the Mavericks.
Another honor came his way on Sept. 17. Here is a closer look at Bleacher Report’s 25 best players under 25, and why Luka is the unquestioned leader of this group.
Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic tops Bleacher Report’s 25 under 25
There is no question about who takes the top spot in these rankings. Yes, Luka can still appear on them for three more years, but only one other player under 25 has made an All-NBA team. There are eight All-Stars in the group with Jayson Tatum and Devin Booker joining Doncic as the only two-time recipients. Luka is a walking triple-double that is already one of the five best players in the NBA. No other player on the list can match his accomplishments.
The Mavericks superstar is not satisfied, though. His team has still not won a playoff series since taking home the title in 2011, and more than anything, Doncic wants to win. The 22-year-old has his sights set on an NBA championship. The Mavs are still trying to build the right roster around him, so stay tuned to see if Dallas can make that leap this season.