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Author:  Seven Sigma [ Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:50 am ]
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A New NBA Star is Born!

He's only 19 years old but the way he plays you could see him poised for a bigger success, a bankable star, with high basketball IQ.

Yeah, he is brilliant on the hardcourt
He got amazing talent
He is a terrific passer
A prolific 3-point shooter
A force in the paint
Excellent medium range jumper

He is only less than half way a season in the league yet immediately played like a seasoned veteran, like a team captain of the team and his energy has become contagious for the Mavs. You seldom see that from a rookie, I'd think he's gonna surpass Lebron James as a rookie or even Bron James first 5 years in the NBA, so to speak. We will see

Author:  Seven Sigma [ Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:56 am ]
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'He's Born with It': Luka Doncic Taking NBA by Storm in Dazzling Rookie Season

Sean Highkin
December 24, 2018

PORTLAND, Ore. — After practices, Luka Doncic works on shots just like the one he hit as time expired Sunday night to send the Dallas Mavericks to overtime against the Portland Trail Blazers. The sort of falling-out-of-bounds prayer of a three-pointer that's lab-designed to be included in a future "Where Amazing Happens" commercial.

Doncic practices those shots precisely for situations like this one—down three points, on the road, six-tenths of a second remaining, no timeouts left.

"A lot of people think that's a joke, but it's not," Doncic said after the game, which Dallas lost 121-118. "Sometimes you need those shots."

The NBA world is just getting to know Doncic, the 19-year-old Slovenian phenom who is living up to his massive predraft hype, dazzling fans nightly with tricky passes and James Harden-esque stepback contested threes. But already, he's developed a reputation as a big-game performer. No one in the Moda Center was surprised this one went down, even with Maurice Harkless draped all over him.

"Something just told me, when he threw it up in the air, 'Man, that s--t going in,'" Damian Lillard said.

Lillard would know. Like Doncic, he came into the NBA as a rookie and immediately played like a seasoned veteran. Nothing rattled him then, and his resume of stepping up in big moments has only grown. Doncic entered the NBA having played for Real Madrid since the age of 14, winning EuroLeague MVP as a teenager, dominating grown men in the second-best professional league in the world.

It's rare for rookies to pick up the speed of the NBA game this quickly, and it's even rarer for them to look and act like they belong after less than half a season in the league.

"I just remember my rookie year, it got to the point where every time I was in one of those situations, it was like, this is supposed to happen," Lillard said. "I was just making those kinds of shots. He's been having a lot of moments so far this season. As soon as I see him put the ball up in the air, I know, 'He's gonna make this. We're gonna have to win it in overtime.' He's a really, really, really good player. Not just for a rookie."

Doncic's teammates are already used to this. They've seen him perfect his late-game heroics after practices, so it's no surprise when it manifests itself in a game. These are the moments he's relished for his entire career, and that energy has become contagious for the Mavericks.

"He's a gamer," Mavs guard J.J. Barea told Bleacher Report. "When the lights are on, he loves to play against the best competition possible. He's not scared of the moment. He's enjoying every moment of it."

The timing of Doncic's arrival in Dallas is as close to ideal as can be for a Mavericks team in transition. With Dirk Nowitzki in what is almost certain to be the final season of a 21-year Hall of Fame career and no other bankable stars on the roster, Doncic is poised to immediately take over as the face of basketball in Dallas.

The Mavs were highly motivated to get Doncic from the beginning. It's why they tanked last season so openly that owner Mark Cuban was fined $600,000 by the NBA for publicly acknowledging what they were doing. It's why they were so willing to give up a future first-round pick to the Atlanta Hawks to move up two spots in the 2018 draft.

They knew Doncic was their franchise's future, and even they didn't think his seemingly limitless potential would realize itself this quickly.

"We knew he was good," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said before the game. "How good, how fast, nobody knew. [Mavs general manager] Donnie Nelson had a very good grasp on the situation. He's felt for well over a year that he was the best player in that draft class last year. We've been in rebuilding mode, so we've been looking very closely at draft prospects during the season for the last two years—much more than I ever have. We're very pleased to have drafted him."

Doncic's knack for making big shots is only part of his star appeal. He's also a high-IQ playmaker who knows how to take advantage of his size to create mismatches with opposing point guards. That part has come with some growing pains, as Doncic is eighth among guards with 3.4 turnovers per game. But more often than not, his flashy style has been a help for a surprising Dallas team.

"It's very obvious that he's been playing professionally," Lillard said. "I'm sometimes on the weak side and seeing him coming off of a pick-and-roll, and he's seeing everything. He's making the right plays, and he's manipulating situations to get what he wants out of the play. You don't really see that from a rookie.

"He's got real game. He's a real pro."

Unlike most kids his age, Doncic has been a pro since many of his peers were in middle school. The NBA is a jump for him, but it's not a massive one. And he's fully prepared to embrace it.

"I think you have to be born with that stuff," Barea said. "He's one of those guys who's born with it." ... kie-season

Author:  Seven Sigma [ Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:59 am ]
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Luka Doncic is erasing the European prospect stigma, one savage highlight at a time

After another mind-blowing clutch performance, Doncic has turned even his biggest skeptics into believers.
By Matt Ellentuck@mellentuck Jan 12, 2019, 8:00am EST

Luka Doncic was a surprisingly polarizing prospect in the 2018 NBA Draft. Much of the collective debate was centered on how the 6’8 wing’s play in EuroLeague would translate to the NBA. Though he was arguably the most accomplished teenage draft hopeful ever, with MVPs and championships in leagues widely considered to be more competitive than the NCAA, Doncic was tied down by the weight of his failed European predecessors.

We’ll never know exactly how much of a role Doncic’s European background played in the Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, and Atlanta Hawks passing on him with the first three picks of the NBA Draft. But the stigma that Europeans are destined to become NBA lottery busts still exists, and even Luka Doncic couldn’t fully overcome that on draft day.

But he damn sure has now.

In front of raucous Minnesota crowd fired up for Ryan Saunders’ home coaching debut, Doncic torched the Timberwolves for a near triple-double (29 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds) and 119-115 win. He knocked down seven of the team’s final nine points in less than 90 seconds, including a thunderous dunk and the dagger triple.

Luka Doncic is no bust. It’s January, and the Rookie of the Year award — a small achievement for an already two-time championship-winning MVP — is already his. ... opean-bust

Author:  bigatooth [ Wed Jan 16, 2019 1:08 pm ]
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ano na naman team mo seven? :lol: :lol: :lol:

Author:  JABEZJ [ Wed Jan 16, 2019 1:17 pm ]
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Mamalasin na naman itong si Doncic kasi may wagon...tsk tsk tsk...
Pero in fairness, magaling itong si Doncic..
Nakalaro ko sya before sa Davidson Park...

Author:  Seven Sigma [ Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:19 pm ]
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Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic torches Rockets, lights up NBA Twitter in breakout game ... 254424002/

Author:  Seven Sigma [ Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:20 pm ]
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Luka Doncic Adds to ROTY Talks with Amazing Three-Point Buzzer Beater ... ailblazers

Author:  Seven Sigma [ Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:34 pm ]
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Luka Doncic is already one of the most prolific shot creators in NBA

By: Bryan Kalbrosky | November 29, 2018

Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic is only 19 years old, but he’s already one of the more impressive young scorers in the league.

Doncic is currently averaging 19.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.2 assists with 2.5 three-pointers per game while shooting nearly 40.0 percent from beyond the arc. But perhaps his most impressive skill has been his ability to find his own looks rather than relying on teammates to set him up for shots.

Even before he was drafted, analysts like Jackson Hoy believed that the Slovenian prospect would be phenomenal at creating his own shot (via The Stepien):

“He’s an elite shot creator with generational basketball IQ and an incredible overall skill level for a player his size. He projects to add a ton of value right away in the NBA, and with athletic improvement and consistent three-point shooting could become one of the top players in the world.”

Teammates have assisted on just 37.8 percent of his connected field goals thus far. According to Cleaning the Glass, that ranks in the 93rd percentile among all players in the NBA.

That means that the rookie has already made 79 field goal attempts without an assist. For comparison, Golden State’s Klay Thompson has the fourth-most shots made this season — but only 40 are unassisted. Doncic has more unassisted buckets so far than top high-volume scorers including Bradley Beal (75), Khris Middleton (74) and Kyle Lowry (71).

He is averaging 3.6 pull-up attempts per game from three-point range so far this season. That ranks Top 10 behind only James Harden, Kemba Walker, Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, Chris Paul and Devin Booker.

Doncic, meanwhile, has been one of the 10 most accurate players (minimum: 30 FGA) on these shots as well. He has produced 1.069 points per possession when shooting off the dribble. This ranks in the 84th percentile among all players, per Synergy Sports.

So far this season, there are 62 players who have had at least 10 three-point attempts after three-to-six dribbles. None of them have been more accurate than Doncic, who is currently shooting 13-for-21 (61.9 percent) on those looks.

Scouts were right — his ability to create for himself will make an invaluable asset in the NBA.

If he is able to keep producing at this pace or improve over time, Dallas will be giddy to have him on their roster. ... nassisted/

Author:  Seven Sigma [ Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:40 pm ]
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Will Luka Doncic make the AllStar game as a rookie?


Author:  Seven Sigma [ Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:57 pm ]
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2019 NBA All-Star voting second returns released

In the second fan returns, James leads all players with 2,779,812 votes to maintain the top spot in the Western Conference frontcourt. Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Dončić (2,220,077) continues to rank second in the West frontcourt and has climbed to second among all West players. The Oklahoma City Thunder’s Paul George (1,859,216) has moved up to third place in the West frontcourt, followed by the Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant (1,717,968) in fourth place and the New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis (1,564,347) in fifth place.

Golden State’s Stephen Curry (2,094,158) has increased his lead among West guards, while the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Derrick Rose (1,986,840) remains in second place. The Houston Rockets’ James Harden (1,674,660) and Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook (1,494,382) are still in third and fourth place, respectively.

In the Eastern Conference, Antetokounmpo (2,670,816) has strengthened his position as the leading vote-getter. The top three players in the East frontcourt are unchanged, with Antetokounmpo joined by the Toronto Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard (2,092,806) in second place and the Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid (1,710,229) in third place.

The East guard group is again led by the Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving (2,381,901) and the Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade (1,199,789). The Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker (858,798) continues to hold third place, while Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons (695,032) remains in fourth place. ... al-release


Author:  Seven Sigma [ Wed Jan 16, 2019 2:59 pm ]
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Luka's beating Kobe and Bron as a ROOKIE?!!!


Author:  Seven Sigma [ Thu Jan 17, 2019 7:29 am ]
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Luka Doncic amazes yet again with jaw-dropping, three-point buzzer beater

Just when it seems like Dallas Mavericks rookie sensation Luka Doncic can’t surprise us, he pulls a new trick out of the bag.

With 0.6 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Doncic hit an off-balance, high-arcing three, falling out of bounds for perhaps his most impressive moment of the young season.

It was a combination of seemingly everything that has made Doncic special this season: incredibly clutch play, impeccable body control, and extremely low odds.

What makes the play all the more impressive is that, by rule, a player needs 0.3 seconds to complete a catch-and-shoot. For Luka Doncic, 0.6 seconds might as well be an eternity.

Doncic has led a comeback by going on an 11-0 run. He’s unleashed ridiculous passes between defenders’ legs. He’s even been listed among the NBA’s best players by LeBron James. But this one takes the cake.

Although the Mavericks ended up dropping the game by three points and he missed four triples in overtime, Doncic put up yet another outstanding game. Doncic’s 23 points and 11 rebounds gave him his fourth double-double of the season, three of which have come in the team’s last seven games.

Doncic leads all rookies with in scoring (19.0) and three-point makes (2.2) while being second in assists (4.9) and third in rebounding (6.6) and steals (1.1). The man is a walking highlight reel, and one thing is for sure: he’ll surely find a way to one-up this buzzer beater before long. ... 17162.html

Author:  Seven Sigma [ Thu Jan 17, 2019 7:33 am ]
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bigatooth wrote:
ano na naman team mo seven? :lol: :lol: :lol:

kors loyal warriors fan here, man. just appreciating my look-alike talent on the court

Author:  bigatooth [ Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:18 am ]
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JABEZJ wrote:
Mamalasin na naman itong si Doncic kasi may wagon...tsk tsk tsk...
Pero in fairness, magaling itong si Doncic..
Nakalaro ko sya before sa Davidson Park...

gwapo ba sa personal? :lol: :lol: :lol:

Author:  bigatooth [ Thu Jan 17, 2019 11:19 am ]
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Seven Sigma wrote:
bigatooth wrote:
ano na naman team mo seven? :lol: :lol: :lol:

kors loyal warriors fan here, man. just appreciating my look-alike talent on the court

oh my G.... anong court yan? :lol: :lol: :lol:

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