Luka Doncic Rumors
Per the anonymous NBA scout: “[Doncic] is a legitimate candidate to be the No. 1 pick in the 2018 draft, which has never been done by any European guard…. GMs tend to go with elite athleticism over skill and/or production, especially at the top of the draft. But I believe that an outlier skill level can yield upside, even with a poor physical profile. I have never seen so skilled and versatile a European prospect since I have been doing this.”
Nothing else could come close to slowing Doncic. He averaged 14.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists for Slovenia, showing off the kind of all-around skill level and athleticism that’s made him a surefire top-five pick in what is looking like a loaded 2018 NBA draft class. “He’s mature beyond his years, and has great court vision and basketball IQ,” the executive said. “He’s a natural leader, and capable of impacting the game without scoring, but can take over. He won’t dominate, but his teams will win games with his fingerprints all over the game.”
“I don’t want to give him a big head, but I think he’s probably one of the best talents that I’ve ever seen, especially at his age,” Randolph said. “It’s unbelievable. Just for his size, the way that he handles the game, the way that he carries himself on and off the court. He’s just so versatile. I mean, the kid can damn near average a triple double when he figures it out.”
“I’ve seen a lot of players, they get hyped and then they kind of lose control,” said Dragic, who is mentoring the 18-year-old like Steve Nash mentored him 10 years ago in Phoenix. “It gets in their heads. In a few years you don’t even hear from them anymore. I don’t think that’s going to happen with Luka.” The nine-year-old boy from Dragic’s photo has evolved into Real Madrid’s crown jewel, the pride of Slovenia and one of this year’s top draft prospects. Over nine years after standing with his idols in Ljubljana and watching his father hoist the Slovenian league trophy, Doncic hobbled on one foot and gathered with teammates of his own in Istanbul. Dragic put the understudy on his back and paraded him through the arena, passing the torch to Slovenia’s next star.