At age 13, European teen hoop sensation Luka Dončić signed a 5-year deal with Real Madrid.
At age 15, he averaged 35 points while shooting 81% in a friendly game tournament in Hungary.
At age 16, he became the youngest player to debut with Real Madrid.
At age 17, the “veteran” became the youngest player in ACB history to ever win MVP of the week.
At age 18, his ankle-breaking game has his name rising to the top of a lot of 2018 NBA mock drafts.
On Thursday — days after scoring a Euroleague career-high of 33 — the potential #1 pick in the NBA Draft racked up 16 points, 7 assists and 6 boards in just 26 minutes of action in a win against Barcelona. He also dominated the highlight reel with a full-court buzzer beater and a double crossover on Victor Clavar that would give Antonio Daniels Vietnam war flashbacks (see: Allen Iverson drops Antonio Daniels TWICE).
The play was so impressive, Kristaps Porzingis retweeted the play with the caption: “this kid is UNREAL…bravooo!”
Here’s where he is on a few 2018 Mock Drafts.
Perhaps the most complete and accomplished European draft prospect we’ve ever seen, Doncic’s body of work is hard to argue with. He’s a savvy lead ball-handler and playmaker and easy to peg as the most NBA-ready player in this class, already putting up massive numbers in the Euroleague at age 18. He’s not a high-end athlete, but Doncic is advanced enough in essentially every other area that it may not matter. He has a strong case for the top spot and won’t fall far.
At 18 years old, Doncic is making a huge impact in the top Spanish league, where he’s playing against grown men and averaging 16.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.4 assists for Liga ACB’s best team, Real Madrid. That’s in a league where the top scorer is currently averaging 18.6 points. It’s no surprise Doncic is excelling against older, bigger players, because mental maturity is a hallmark of his game. While he’s not a ridiculous athlete like Bagley or a physical specimen like Ayton, he might have the top basketball instincts in this draft.
The BIG Lead #1
Turns 19 in February and is currently torching a top league in Europe. He’s got an NBA body (6-foot-8, 225) and the only question will be if he can defend SFs or SGs.
BONUS ANKLE BREAKER
Doncic drops Dejan Todorovic in 2016.