Luka Doncic
Luka Doncic
21-Year-Old GuardG
Dallas Mavericks
2019 Fantasy Outlook
The 2018-19 Rookie of the Year, Doncic had one of the best opening campaigns in NBA history. He became the first rookie ever to average at least 20 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 1 steal, and he did it as a 19-year-old. Not only did Doncic record an impressive 21.2 points per game, he did it in unique fashion for a young player, with the only other rookie ever to average at least 2 made threes and 4 made free-throws being Allen Iverson. The Mavericks are already comfortable handing Doncic the keys to the offense, and his all-around skillset makes him a valuable fantasy commodity. He ranked 11th in usage rate (30.5%) last season, and Doncic recorded eight games with at least 30 points, 22 games with at least 10 rebounds, 11 performances with 10-plus assists, and nine outings with greater than three steals. It's difficult to over-emphasize how NBA-ready Doncic looked as a teenager. Heading into his second season, fantasy owners will look for the 6-foot-7 playmaker to increase his efficiency, as he shot a less-than-ideal 42.7 percent from the field, 32.7 percent from deep and 71.3 percent from the charity stripe. If Doncic can bump those percentages up while making small statistical strides elsewhere, he has a strong shot at making the All-Star team in 2019-20 and being a top-tier fantasy asset. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $14.24 million contract with the Mavericks in July of 2018. Mavericks exercised $8.05 million team option for 2020-21 in September of 2019.
Personal Bio

Luka Doncic was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia, to to Mirjam Poterbin and Sasha Doncic. His father played pro basketball in Slovenia while his godfather, Radoslav Nesterovic, played 12 seasons in the NBA and won a title with the San Antonio Spurs in 2005. Luka began playing basketball at age eight with the youth teams of Olimpija. He practiced often with Olimpija's under-14 team, but due to league rules, could not play with the squad. Instead, he played for the club's under-12 selection team. When he was only 13, Doncic signed a five-year contract with Real Madrid. He immediately began playing for the under-16 team, earning the MVP award during the under-16 Spain Championship. In the championship game, he scored 25 points in victory. The following year, Doncic moved up to Real Madrid's under-18 team and reserve team. He continued to shine, winning the MVP award at the under-18 Next Generation Tournament and claiming a championship. At 16 years, two months and two days of age, he made his professional debut, becoming the youngest player to ever play for Real Madrid. A little over three years later, Doncic became an NBA player when he was selected in the 2018 NBA Draft. He has shown an interest for charitable giving throughout his brief career, donating game-worn sneakers to raise money for meaningful causes on more than one occasion. Learn more about Doncic by following him on Twitter (@luka7doncic) and on Instagram (@lukadoncic).

College/International Summary

Luka Doncic played three seasons for the EuroLeague's Real Madrid squad before joining the Mavericks in 2018. As a 16-year-old, he appeared in 51 EuroLeague and ACB games for Real Madrid, coming off the bench to average 4.3 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists in over 12 minutes per game during the 2015-16 season. During his second year with Real Madrid, Doncic started 26 of 77 EuroLeague and ACB games, helping the squad to a fourth-place EuroLeague finish. He led the team in scoring in four of 36 EuroLeague contests. Doncic's EuroLeague career peaked in 2017-18, a season in which he led Real Madrid to their 10th EuroLeague Championship. He averaged 16.0 points, 4.8 boards and 4.3 assists over 33 EuroLeague contests. After Real Madrid defeated Fenerbahce Dogus in the EuroLeague finals, Doncic was named both EuroLeague Final Four MVP and EuroLeague MVP. At 18, he was the youngest EuroLeague player to win the MVP award.

Continued greatness
GDallas Mavericks
March 11, 2020
Doncic posted 28 points (10-22 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 6-11 FT), nine assists, six rebounds and two steals in the Mavericks' 113-97 victory against the Nuggets on Wednesday.
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Owners have come to expect excellence from Doncic, and he has consistently delivered -- with Wednesday being no exception. Doncic logged 40 minutes, matching a season high for a non-overtime game. It will be the last fans see of him until the NBA returns from its hiatus in response to the COVID-19 virus.
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The hype was real. It's not a stretch to say Doncic produced one of the most impressive freshman campaigns in NBA history. The eventual 2018-19 Rookie of the Year was a dominant all-around force from the get-go. A supremely well-rounded contributor, he became the first rookie in league history to average 20 points (21.2), seven rebounds (7.8), six assists (6.0) and a steal (1.1) per game. Over a five-game span in mid-March, he picked up three triple-doubles in eight days. He then ended his season with a 21-point, 16-rebound (a season high), 11-assist performance against the Suns on Apr. 9 -- his eighth triple-double of the campaign. The young Slovenian scored 30-plus points on eight occasions, topping out with a pair of 35-point efforts. He shot threes at a prodigious clip, jacking up 7.1 attempts per game and making 32.7 percent of them. In addition to his prodigious offensive production, Doncic finished with three or more steals nine times. He was a unanimous selection for the NBA All-Rookie First Team. Few NBA rookies are ready for the grind and physicality of an 82-game season. Doncic, presumably due to the three years he spent playing professionally in Spain, was the rare exception.

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Transaction History
  • June 21, 2018
    Drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in the 1st round (3rd pick) of the 2018 NBA Draft and traded to the Dallas Mavericks for Trae Young and a 2019 1st round draft pick.
  • July 9, 2018
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Dallas Mavericks.
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
Doncic entered the 2018 NBA Draft as one of the more hyped international players in recent memory. He picked up EuroLeague MVP honors in his fourth season with Real Madrid and finished the year with averages of 16.0 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.1 steals across 33 games. He also hit 1.7 three-pointers per contest at a 32.9 percent clip. Doncic's production earned him a selection with the third overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft and he now heads to Dallas as another building block for the future. It seems likely that Doncic is thrust into big minutes right away and even though there may be some growing pains in terms of his fit alongside promising second-year guard Dennis Smith, his extended range at 6-foot-8 and versatility to make in impact at three different positions are all positives for his future Fantasy outlook. Doncic's numbers likely won't be overly gaudy in Year 1, but he'll enter the season as the best all-around Fantasy rookie, and he projects as a much more efficient scorer than the other guards in his draft class. Look for the rookie to be a coveted selection in dynasty leagues and he'll also be an intriguing late-round selection in standard drafts for those hoping Doncic makes a seamless transition to the NBA.
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Explodes for 38 points
GDallas Mavericks
March 11, 2020
Doncic notched 38 points (13-26 FG, 6-13 3Pt, 6-7 FT), eight assists, seven rebounds and two steals in 36 minutes during Tuesday's 119-109 win over the Mavericks.
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Officially cleared to play
GDallas Mavericks
March 10, 2020
Doncic (wrist) is available for Tuesday's matchup against the Spurs.
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Expected to play
GDallas Mavericks
Wrist
March 10, 2020
Doncic (wrist) is expected to play in Tuesday's game against the Spurs, Michael Wright of ESPN reports.
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Added to injury report
GDallas Mavericks
Wrist
March 9, 2020
Doncic is listed as questionable for Tuesday's game against the Spurs due to a sprained right wrist.
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Drops 36 points on Pacers
GDallas Mavericks
March 9, 2020
Doncic totaled 36 points (13-36 FG, 4-13 3Pt, 6-10 FT), 10 rebounds, eight assists and a steal in 36 minutes during Sunday's close loss to the Pacers.
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