Dirk Nowitzki says Luka Doncic is better than he was at 19

Dirk Nowitzki praising Luka Doncic: “He’s incredible with the ball”

Dirk Nowitzki praising Luka Doncic: “He’s incredible with the ball”

The Dallas Mavericks legend believes that Luka Doncic is already a better player than he was when he entered the league from Europe for the 1998-99 season. He does all of that.

The likelihood of certain Mavericks being traded varies from player to player, but if Dallas is looking at its best-case scenarios, it certainly won't be sitting idly by once trade season rolls around. Coming over from a different country, I went through the same thing about 20 years ago.

"I couldn't believe what I saw for a 19/20-year-old". It's tough to adjust to a lot of things - a different game, different culture, different play styles, different coaching. For me, that took a whole year. In 2018 he was named the MVP of the EuroLeague, EuroLeague Final Four and Liga ACB as he led Real Madrid to EuroLeague and and Liga ACB titles. "He's going to be fun - fun to watch". My first year was really, really tough. "He's going to pick defenses apart and it's going to be fun to watch".

While Doncic has impressed over the past 12 months with his on-court maturity, between starring for Slovenia at EuroBasket and an MVP season for Real Madrid in the EuroLeague, including the Final Four MVP, Nowitzki says the rookie will still have an adjustment period in the National Basketball Association.

"I could shoot a little bit (at 19), but I never had the court vision, the savviness, and the stuff that he brings to the game [as a 19-year-old]", Nowitzki said on 105.3 The Fan's Ben & Skin Show. He's an incredible talent. The 7-footer is one of six players overall, and the only global player, with more than 30,000 career points. "He is incredible with the ball for a big guy; I mean, he's a legit 6-8, 6-9". He did, like, over-the-head, between-the-leg passes to cutters. The court vision is already unbelievable. "He's a good shooter when he has time and I think he's going to be great for us for a long long time".

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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