One of the biggest surprises in the NBA this season so far are spectacular performances Luka Doncic is having for the Dallas Mavericks. The Wunderkind from Europe is exceeding all expectations and has instantly become a star and one of the most exciting rookies in recent league history.
Even though he was the youngest MVP in Euroleague history, experts were suspicious whether he will properly adjust in the NBA. Now at the age of only 19, he was really close to making it into the All-Star team, however, that didn’t happen for him this season.
In a recent interview with Movistar +, Doncic compared the style of play in both Europe and NBA, he specifically shared his view that defense being played in Europe is tougher than the one in the NBA.
“Here [in the NBA] its easier to score compared to Europe, of course. In Europe, the court is smaller and here there is the three seconds rule. I think it’s easier to score here.”
Doncic is currently averaging over 20 points per game to go along with 7 rebounds and 5.5 assists, while at the same time displaying maturity you rarely see in a player that young. You can definitely even say that Doncic is already playing like someone who has already been in the league for quite some time.
Even with these numbers and fans putting in a lot of votes for Doncic, he won’t participate in this year’s All-Star game. Nevertheless, he was satisfied with the fans who showed a lot of love for the young star.
“I wanted to go and I was very disappointed when they told me I wasn’t. What matters is the people who voted for me. I was impressed and that’s what matters most to me. Maybe next year I’ll be there.”