For the last year, Luka Doncic has been billed as the biggest thing to come out of Europe since the IKEA.
At only 19, he’s already one of the most accomplished Euro League players of all time. At 6-foot-8, he handles and passes the ball like Steve Nash but has the size to shoot over defenders, and the physicality to create his own shots in the paint and at the rim.
Doncic has been playing against NBA talent for Real Madrid and the Slovenian national team for over three years. His game is already more developed and polished than any other player in recent memory but still just a teenager, he has miles to go before reaching his potential.
He’s been the presumed number one overall pick for up until about the last week but there has been speculation recently that he could fall as low as number four (mainly because we’re bored). In a guard-driven league where versatility has become one of the most crucial qualities, I think Doncic should be a lock to go first overall.
The league, especially the West, is so loaded with point guards that it’s tough to break into the field of All-Stars (just ask Mike Conley), but Doncic’s ability to play on or off the ball and to play three different positions makes him not only more of an asset to whoever drafts him but also helps his chances of being names to an All-Star team.