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Retired players on Luka Doncic being the best player in the NBA in 5 years

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
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The Dallas Mavericks knew Luka Doncic was special, but nobody expected him to be this good so quickly. The 22-year-old already has two first-team All-NBA honors under his belt and is well on his way to being a three-time All-Star.

Doncic is already one of the league’s best players, but will he climb to the top? Number 77 continues to break records and become the youngest player in NBA history to accomplish feats. Luka is on pace to win multiple MVP awards and go down as an inner-circle Hall of Famer.

The Athletic surveyed retired NBA players (subscription required) on a host of topics. One was who would be the best player in the league in five years, and Luka received plenty of consideration.

Retired players on Luka Doncic being the NBA’s best player in 5 years

Luka finished third in the voting for best player in five years. Giannis Antetokounmpo got 28.2 percent of the votes with don’t know checking in second at just over 20. Doncic earned 16.4 percent. Giannis will be 32 in five years or a full year younger than Kevin Durant is right now. It could be a battle between the two superstars for the league’s best in 2026.

Some players chose to remain anonymous in the survey, and one of them said, “In five years, he’ll be unstoppable” about Luka Doncic. The 22-year-old is nearly there now, and he should make considerable improvements over the next half-decade. Doncic will be in the running for MVP every year and is going to get consideration for the league’s best player before his historic extension expires.

Luka also received a vote for who they want taking the shot with the game on the line. Fans have seen plenty of Doncic heroics, including unforgettable game-winners. Expect plenty more from the 22-year-old superstar.

Will Luka Doncic be the best player in the NBA in five years? Stay tuned to find out. 

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