The 22-year-old superstar from Slovenia, Luka Doncic, signs a supermax rookie extension which is worth $207 million. Luka was drafted in the first round with pick No. 3 by the Atlanta Hawks in 2018. Luka would be traded to the Dallas Mavericks for Trae Young, and a 2019 first-round draft pick; this was a trade that could go down in history included two superstars.
Just the beginning for Luka Doncic
Luka is really starting to make a name for himself in the NBA. He has erupted on the scene and has been a special player for the Dallas Mavericks. According to basketball reference, Luka Doncic has played in 199 games; furthermore, he is averaging 25.7 points over his three-year career. After getting a grasp of the NBA, Luka would put up back-to-back All-Star appearances.
Some accolades this young superstar has been able to obtain are the 2018-2019 All-Rookie team; moreover, the performance in 2018-2019 would earn Luka rookie of the year. And, Luka Doncic has been All-NBA twice. A fun fact from Stathead is that Luka Doncic is the only player in NBA history with over 20 triple-doubles at the age of 21 or younger.
Some eye-popping statistics that stand out are his playoff stats; for instance, in 13 post-season games, Luka averaged almost 34 points, nine rebounds, and ten assists.
All-Star at the Tokyo Olympics
With these stats and accolades, you can see why the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Mark Cuban, wanted to lock up Luka Doncic to this large extension. Luka played for Slovenia in the 2021 Olympics, held in Tokyo, Japan. In addition, Doncic was able to help Slovenia to a fourth-place finish in his first Olympics ever.
Doncic will sign his supermax rookie deal worth $207 million in Ljubljana, Slovenia. According to ESPN, owner Mark Cuban presented him the contract. Also, general manager Nico Harrison, assistant general manager Michael Finley, coach Jason Kidd, special adviser Dirk Nowitzki, and director of player health and performance Casey Smith were in attendance too.
Luka Doncic told ESPN:
“Today is a dream come true,” Doncic told ESPN in a statement. “The game of basketball has given me so much and has taken me to so many amazing places. I am humbled and excited to remain in Dallas as part of the Mavericks.”
“I am committed to the organization and appreciate the support of my fans. Along with this new contract, I am also happy to announce that I am increasing my efforts and focusing on expanding The Luka Doncic Foundation.”
“My foundation is an international non-profit that will give back to places that mean so much to me like my home country of Slovenia, as well as the communities in North Texas. I can’t wait for the future both on and off the basketball court.”https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/31994570/luka-doncic-agrees-five-year-207-million-supermax-rookie-extension-dallas-mavericks
In the end, Luka is a very special player for the Dallas Mavericks and the NBA; furthermore, he will continue to strive towards the top and with some support make it deep into the postseason.