Luka Dončić is a Slovenian professional basketball player in the NBA who plays as a point guard/small forward for the Dallas Mavericks. Luka is one of the NBA’s best players even at the ripe age of 22. He led his Real Madrid team to the Euro League Championship, winning the Euro League MVP- the youngest to do so. His on the court displays have given him the nickname ‘Luka Magic’.
Luka was born on 28 February, 1999 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. His basketball journey started at his hometown club: Union Olimpija. When he turned 13, he signed for Real Madrid, moving to Spain in the process. He would go on to light up the Euro League, picking up the Euro league Rising Star and the Euro League MVP in back to back years, winning the competition in his final year at the club. Subsequently, he declared for the 2018 NBA Draft.
The Atlanta Hawks selected Luka with the third overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, trading him to the Dallas Mavericks for the draft rights to Trae Young and a future first round pick. His rookie year in the league would go on to be an astounding success. He averaged 21-8-6 to go along with one steal per game and would go on to win the 2019 NBA Rookie of the Year.
His second season in the league would see him improve in all major statistics, leading his team to the playoffs for the first time since 2016. He would also earn his first NBA All-Star and All-NBA First Team Selection. The Mavs would lose out to the LA Clippers in the first round of the 2020 NBA Playoffs.
Back looking for vengeance, Luka improved on what was already a great season. For the second year running, he was selected to the NBA All-Star and All-NBA First team. As if it were fate, the Mavs were matched up with the Clippers once more. Luka played his heart out, almost single-handedly carrying the Mavs offense. He averaged 36-10-8 in vain through the hard fought series that went to seven games. With the Slovenian National Team, he won the 2017 EuroBasket competition.
Luka’s net worth is estimated to be around $8 million. His Current NBA Contract will pay him $10,174,391 through the 2021-2022 season. He signed the largest ever rookie extension which will pay him $207 million after this season, for the next five years. He has a shoe deal with the Jordan brand and is the NBA2K22 cover athlete.
Luka was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia to Mirjam Poterbin and Saša Dončić. His parents got divorced in 2008 with custody of Luka going to Mirjam, his mother.
“There’s plenty of very underrated guys that I think should be talked about more” – Luka Doncic believes another superstar is not required in Dallas, says the current team is capable of championship run
“Dirk will tell you that Luka is better than he is at the age of 23”- Jason Kidd compares two great Mavericks teammates, believes Doncic’s game is ‘unbelievable’ but former NBA champion had greater work ethic
“When you look at his abilities to control the game offensively he's only 23 years old…The sky is the limit”- Former NBA champion praises Luka’s competitive mentality, says he can break all scoring records