Okay, I have a confession…
By looking at the trajectory of his career, I think Luka Doncic could eventually have a case for GOAT. Let me break it down for you.
At the age of 20, Luka Doncic may have accomplished more than any other player at his age. Due to playing in the Euroleague, the second best league in the world, since he was 16, Luka has an incredible list of accolades.
- 3x Liga ACB Champion (2015, 2016, 2018)
- All-Liga ACB First Team (2018)
- 2x Liga ACB Best Young Player (2017, 2018)
- Liga ACB MVP (2018)
- Euroleague Champion (2018)
- Euroleague Final Four (2018)
- Euroleague MVP (2018)
- All-Euroleague First Team (2018)
- 2x Euroleague Rising Star (2017, 2018)
- Copa Del Rey de Baloncesto Champion (2016, 2017)
- Eurobasket Gold Medal for Slovenia (2017)
- NBA Rookie of the Year (2019)
- NBA All-Rookie First Team (2019)
Luka simply dominated Europe while playing the best players from Europe and some former NBA players who found their way to Europe. While a teenager, Luka was playing against grown men with simply developed bodies than him. His advanced skills are what pushed him to the top.
With his skills being perfectly equipped for the modern NBA, Luka Doncic is more than capable to take over the next generation. During his rookie season, Luka’s skills were front and center. On his way to averaging, 21.2 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 6.0 APG, Luka had one of the best rookie seasons ever. Luka is a more than capable scorer with an ability to be a closer in tight games (see video linked at the bottom of his paragraph). Luka is a large human being and has untapped physical abilities that will come out with an NBA workout plan. And arguably his best trait is Luka’s ability to get his teammates involved. Luka has elite passing vision and when given the chance to run at the point guard position, I believe he will shine.
An argument many people use for LeBron James being the GOAT, is that he fills up the box score. LeBron will likely end his career top 10 in assists, and steals and he also has a chance to the beat Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for top scorer in NBA history. Judging by his rookie season, I predict the same stat stuffing from Luka Doncic. Luka has the ability to do almost anything on the court which translates to a bulk in stats. For the “wInNiNg dOeS nOt MaTtEr” crowd, this should statify your need for something else.
After developing his game, the second most important thing Luka Doncic learned at Real Madrid was how to win. While at Real Madrid, Luka learned from the best in Europe such as, Sergio Llull, Rudy Fernandez, Andres Nocioni and Anthony Randolph. At Real Madrid, Luka learned to win before anything and I think that will translate to the NBA. Luka is competitor, like the old saying goes, he hates losing more than he likes winning. Success is what drives him and I think winning in the NBA is only a step away from him.
National Team Success
Luka Doncic is a Slovenian National and has played for the senior team since 2016. In 2017, Doncic and his co-star Goran Dragic led Slovenia, a country of about 2 million people, to a Eurobasket Championship, going 9-0 in the tournament. Slovenia played and defeated NBA players such as Lauri Markkanen, Georgios Papagiannis, Evan Fournier, Boris Diaw, Kristaps Porzingis, The Gasol Brothers and Bogdan Bogdanovic. If Luka and Slovenia can continue to compete with much larger countries, I wouldn’t be surprised if Slovenia wins multiple medals in the next few Olympics Games.