The Dallas Mavericks signed superstar Luka Doncic to a historic contract extension this offseason when the 22-year-old became the first player in NBA history to be eligible for a Rose Rule max when signing the deal. Luka’s two first-team All-NBA honors earned him the distinction and the salary increase, and the Mavs were ecstatic to get the five-year deal done.
Mavericks fans get to marvel at Doncic’s game on a nightly basis, but it can be easy to forget just how special the 22-year-old is on the court. He produces the insane stat lines and makes the highlight reel passes, but Luka is also on the verge of being the best player in the NBA. The only thing separating it right now is his lack of playoff success, but that can change fast.
The NBA released their annual GM survey on Oct. 5, and this year’s version was littered with Doncic mentions. Here is a closer look at where he landed.
Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic has his name all over GM survey
Doncic received votes in 11 different categories on the 2021 GM survey, including being named the top player to build a franchise around right now where he edged out reigning Finals MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. Luka finished second in MVP and best international player. The GM’s favored Kevin Durant in the MVP race and the Greek Freak as the top international talent.
The GMs were split on Luka’s position. He finished third in best point guard and best shooting guard while receiving votes as the top small forward. Luka was also third in best basketball IQ behind LeBron James and Chris Paul.
It did not stop there as Doncic finished fourth in best passer, most versatile, and in a tie-for-fourth with Nikola Jokic on the player they want taking the shot with the game on the line. Luka also received votes as the player who makes coaches adjust the most.
The 2021 GM survey is a testament to the greatness of Luka Doncic. The 22-year-old superstar has his name all over the categories, but he does not care. Doncic is focused on leading the Dallas Mavericks on a deep playoff run this season, so stay tuned for all the excitement.