Luka Doncic


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Luka Doncic playing in an all star game

Luka Doncic is a Slovenian professional basketball player for the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks (National Basketball Association). He was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia, on February 28, 1999, to Mirjam Poterbin, an owner of beauty salons, and Sasa Doncic, a basketball coach and a former player.

Growing up, Luka showed incredible talent, playing as a youth player for Union Olimpija before joining the youth academy of Real Madrid. His first debut was for Real Madrid’s senior team in 2015, at the age of 16, becoming the youngest player in Real Madrid’s history. Two years later, he led Real Madrid to the Euro League Title, winning the Euro League MVP and the Final Four MVP. He was also named the ACB’s Most Valuable Player and was able to win back-to-back EuroLeague Rising start and ACB Best Young Player awards. Due to all of his achievements, he was selected to the Euro League 2010-2020 All Decades Team.

In 2018, Luka Doncic declared to be in the 2018 NBA Draft. He was picked third overall by the Atlanta Hawks but was traded for Trae Young to the Dallas Mavericks. He joined the Dallas Mavericks, and it only took off from there. Even before the 2018-2019 season started, he was the favorite to win the Rookie of the Year Award  The Dallas Mavericks’ head coach, Rick Carlisle said, “At one point, we thought there might be a slight chance Dončić could fall to us, but a couple of days ago it was pretty clear that there was no way that was going to happen. He’s just too good. We get a guy we think is franchise foundation piece.”. Luka made his first regular game debut on October 17, 2018, recording 10 points, eight rebounds, and four assists. A few days later, he recorded 26 points and six rebounds and became the youngest 20-point scorer in the franchise’s history. He was unanimously drafted to the NBA All-Rookie First team and won the Rookie of the Year for the 2018-2019 season. He showed glimpses of superstar potential. In his second year in the NBA, he was selected to be in his first NBA All-Star game and was named to the All NBA First Team. In only 4 seasons Luka is the Dallas Mavericks’ franchise leader in career triple doubles.

Even though Luka is only in his 4th year, he is playing at an incredible level and will hopefully win championships in the near future.