Luka Doncic made his debut last night against the Spurs after missing four games because of an ankle injury. Despite all that, Doncic was the best player on his team, scoring 24 points to go along ten rebounds and eight assists. The Mavs won the game and are currently 5th in western conference trailing only one game behind Houston Rockets. After the game, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich who is often not willing to communicate with the reporters, had only good things to say about Luka.
In an interview with Tim MacMahon after tonight’s game, Popovich even went that far to compare Doncic to Magic Johnson, because of the resemblance in the way they play. Popovich also said Doncic is not ready yet for that type of pressure but is coming close to that level very fast.
“I hate to say this: He’s not Magic Johnson, but it’s Magic Johnson-like in the sense that he sees the floor in that same way. He’s got a real intuitive sense, and you can’t teach that. He’s just got it, and he’s great at it. I’m not trying to put the Magic Johnson pressure on him — he’s not ready for that yet — but he’s doing a hell of a job.”
The last time Spurs played against the Mavericks, Popovich watched Doncic record his 42-point triple-double. He is currently averaging 29.3 points, 8.9 assists and 9.6 rebounds shooting exceptionally well from the field. The Dallas Mavericks are in a stable position to grab a playoff spot if Doncic and Porzingis stay healthy for the remainder of the regular season.