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Theo Pinson discusses his first pickup game against Luka Doncic -- “He's laughing, running to the corner, stepback, fadeaway over two people, cash"

Doncic treats every practice and pickup game like it's an NBA contest, and it's clear that his relentless work ethic will continue to serve him well as his career progresses
Dallas Mavericks guard Theo Pinson with Luka Doncic

Theo Pinson, Luka Doncic

Luka Doncic has quickly emerged as one of the best players in the entire NBA. His ability to dominate in every facet of the game, whether it be scoring, passing, rebounding, or even defense, has made him one of the brightest young stars in the game. It's clear that the Dallas Mavericks franchise is in good hands as long as Doncic is at the controls.

Pinson found out how good Luka Doncic was early on 

Doncic has been a great player throughout his career, but he continues to improve with each passing season, and his talents were on full display during the Mavericks' deep postseason run last season. One guy who got a firsthand look at how good Doncic was last season was Theo Pinson, who joined the Mavericks last season after spending time with the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks to open his career.

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Pinson recounted playing against Doncic for the first time and coming away astonished with him. Pinson's first encounter with Doncic ended with Doncic pointing at Pinson and laughing at him as he tried desperately to slow him down but had limited success. Pinson's story offers yet another interesting glance at the basketball monster that Doncic is.

"He comes down court, he has two people running, and we're trapping him in a pickup game, so we already know, like, hey you gonna have to give the ball up. We run two people at him, he's like laughing, running to the corner, stepback, fadeaway over two people, cash. And he just starts giggling and points at me, and I'm like 'He's the face of the league'. Like, it's too easy, he can literally score in all three facets," Pinson said via Locked On Mavericks Podcast

All-time great ni the making

It's one thing to watch Doncic play and marvel at his skill. But it's another thing to go up against him and see his talent firsthand. After watching Doncic from afar during his first three seasons in the league, Pinson quickly learned just how good Doncic was in a pickup game against him.

We have heard many stories about Doncic's absurd basketball skills, and Pinson's story only adds to the list. We've seen Doncic do things like this during actual games, and it appears it doesn't stop there. Even in pickup games or practices, Doncic still plays like it's an NBA game.

It's clear that Doncic is already among the best players in the NBA, and it appears as if he will only continue to improve if his work ethic is as good as Pinson details here, which has to be a scary proposition for the rest of the league.

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