Mark Cuban on Luka Doncic Rookie Season, Clippers Tribute to Dirk & Dirk’s Possible Farewell Tour

March 18, 2019 5:22 AM
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Luka Doncic, the Mavericks’ star rookie from Slovenia, stormed into the league and has not looked back. Fanatics View caught up with Mark Cuban to talk about the rookie phenom.

The 20-year old has averaged 21 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 5.7 assists in his rookie season, all on 42.6 percent shooting from the field and 33 percent shooting from beyond the arc. Doncic, the frontrunner to earn rookie of the year accolades, is one of only 10 guards in NBA history to average at least 6.6 free throws per game as a rookie, and the first since Allen Iverson in 1996-97, according to basketball reference.

There is one thing that he’s kept constant throughout this season, which is what one important figure in the organization believes is what has generated his early successes.

“It’s just the fun he has while he’s playing,” Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said. “Some guys get so intense and it impacts their game. He has fun out there. I think that makes his game flow a little more easily than it typically would be for a rookie.”

Because Doncic is having fun on the court playing the game he loves, Cuban said that he’s noticed Doncic has been able to keep his composure without getting rattled, a tough task for a rookie to accomplish.

The stat-sheet stuffer has proven to be one of the most fun players to watch on the court this season, showing off his passing wizardry, clutch-shot making, and converting step-backs with ease. This past week was not Doncic’s best as he only went 4-21 from beyond the arc, but he was still able to average 22 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 6.3 assists per game due to his ability to get to the free throw line.

With Kristaps Porzingis joining him on the court next season, Mavericks fans are in for a fun ride over the next couple of years.

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