Luka Doncic took the NBA by storm and is already in the conversation for the MVP award in only his second season. As a 20-year-old, Luka is displaying an incredible amount of poise in his game and the versatility rarely seen by such a young player. In a recent interview for Eurohoops, Steve Nash, who is himself a 2-time NBA MVP, is a big fan of Luka and everything he showed so far in his career.
Nash is convinced Doncic is the best 20-year-old in NBA history and even compared him to LeBron James, who also came to the NBA as a teenager. Similar to Doncic, LeBron almost immediately made a significant impact; however, Nash thinks Doncic is a better player than LeBron was when he was a 20-year-old.
“I think he’s maybe the best 20-year-old the NBA has ever seen. The game’s a little different than when Lebron came in the league. The numbers are little inflated because of the pace and the hand check. But still. I don’t think Lebron was so gifted, but I don’t think he was as polished as Luka at 20. Now, Luka’s never going to be the athlete that Lebron is, but he’s a great athlete. He’s an underrated athlete.”
After Dirk Nowitzki, who is considered to be the best European player in NBA history, the Mavericks drafted Doncic, who has an excellent chance to become even more successful. Nash, who played with Dirk for six years with the Mavs when they combined one of the better dynamic duos in the league, believes Doncic is even more talented. With the addition of Kristaps Porzingis, who is a very similar player to Dirk, they have a chance to do great things in the NBA for many years to come.
“It’s possible. Especially when you look at Dirk at 20. Dirk was amazing at 20. But compared to Luka? Because physically, he was catching up. Luka’s already there physically. I think Dirk was playing in the second division in Germany. Luka has been playing in EuroLeague for Real Madrid. It’s a different time. Dirk was a rare-rare thing then. Now, it’s normal for a guy to come from Europe and be good right away. But Luka’s not normal in any way. He has a chance to be better than Dirk, and Dirk is one of the best players we ever had. That says how incredible of a player and talent Luka is. That says how incredible player and talent Luka is.”