When the Dallas Mavericks selected Luka Doncic with the third overall pick, it came with a whole lot of optimism.

Of course, with the optimism, came a lot of pressure for Doncic, who is now burdened with having to lift the team past the depths of league irrelevancy.

But hey, if there’s any truth to these latest reports, it shouldn’t be a big problem for him to meet expectations…(via ESPN’s Tim MacMahon):

The word out of Dallas is that Doncic has often been the best player on the court in pickup games at the Mavs’ facility despite not being in great shape by NBA standards. And before you make a crack about the Mavs’ talent or lack thereof, these games have included local products like LaMarcus Aldridge. Doncic, a special passer, is the most accomplished Euro teen ever and has a huge advantage over other rookies because he arrives in the NBA as a seasoned pro.

The fact that Doncic is already raising eyebrows has to be a really encouraging sign for the folks in Dallas. After a couple of rough seasons, all their hope lies in his hands now.

And although it’s too early to say that he’ll become the NBA’s next big superstar, it sounds like Doncic is ready to prove just how good he really is.

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