Mavs’ Rookie Luka Doncic Receives Praise from Warriors’ Coach and Players

Luka Doncic with Real Madrid during Euroleague basketball match in 2018. Photo by Nikola Krstic/REX/Shutterstock (9485782g)

Dallas Mavericks’ rookie Luka Doncic is taking the NBA by storm. The 19-year-old had another stellar performance on Sunday, draining 26 points in the 119-114 loss to Golden State Warriors and showed once again why he is running away with the Rookie of the Year award this early in the season. And while this wasn’t enough for his team to get a win, it did earn him praises from the opponent’s team.

Speaking with reporters before the game, Warriors’ head coach Steve Kerr said that Doncic already looks like an All-Star player even if he is this early in his NBA career. Kerr then went on to double down on his statement after the game.

“I haven’t really done the math,” – said Kerr. “I haven’t gone line by line. So I probably threw that out there without truly doing my homework. I do have a vote for reserves. I think what I meant to say is he sure looks like an All-Star. So whether he makes it or not, he’s an All-Star. Certain guys just stand out. You see what they do, you see what they mean to the game. And if he doesn’t make it this year, he’s going to make it soon enough.”

Golden States’ players were also impressed with his basketball abilities.

“He’s unbelievable,” – said Curry about Doncic. “You can tell he’s just experienced in terms of playing high-level basketball. A guy that’s always at his own pace. I’m sure he had heard all the doubters and people talking about his game who really didn’t know much about him, and he’s made himself known for sure. It’s fun to watch in terms of the future of the league.”

“I don’t know if he’s an All-Star with how the numbers work, but he’s an All-Star player,” – added Draymond Green. “So I don’t know if he’ll be an All-Star, per se [this year], but he’s definitely an All-Star talent — that’s for damn sure.”

Luka Doncic has a real shot at making an All-Star appearance this year, given the fact that he currently sits at number two in fan voting in the Western Conference. Doncic is currently averaging 20.2 points, 6.7 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.0 steals per game.