Luka Dončić is a Slovenian professional basketball player for the Dallas Mavericks of the NBA and the Slovenian national team. He was the third overall pick by the Atlanta Hawks in the 2018 NBA Draft and was immediately traded to the Mavericks for the draft rights to Trae Young and a protected future first round pick in 2019.
Born in Ljubljana, Dončić was a star in the making as a youth player for Union Olimpija before being recruited by the Real Madrid youth academy. He made his senior team debut at the age of 16, becoming the youngest in club history.
In 2018, he led the club to EuroLeague title, while winning the EuroLeague MVP and the Final Four MVP. He was also named the ACB Most Valuable Player and won back-to-back EuroLeague Rising Star and ACB Best Young Player awards.
Luka did not take part in the 2018 NBA Summer League but hit the ground running as he became the youngest 20-point scorer in franchise history for the Mavericks. He became the youngest in NBA history to record three triple-doubles after dropping 19 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in a 99–93 win over the Charlotte Hornets. He recorded eight triple-doubles in his first season which was the fourth highest. He concluded his first season by winning the Rookie of the Year and also unanimously selected for the All-Star Rookie First Team. The guard became only the second European player after Pau Gasol to win the Rookie of the Year Award.
His second year in the NBA has been even better. At the halfway point, Luka is averaging 28.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 8.7 assists while shooting at nearly 47% from the field. His remarkable start to the season merited him an All-Star selection as a Western Conference starter.