After a very rough start to the season, the Dallas Mavericks are finding their touch in the 2020/21 NBA season, led by their young superstar Luka Doncic, who has been balling out in recent games. They have won 8 of their last 10 outings, beating big rivals in the process with Luka having terrific performances.
The Slovenian player has picked things right where he left them last season and now is ready to demonstrate what he can do in the league in his third season. Doncic is earning a lot of praise with his performances and one of the biggest ones came from ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith, who compared the 22-year-old to one of the greatest players the NBA has seen. On his “Stephen A’s world”, the veteran analyst said:
“There’s one player who keeps coming to my mind when I see Luka Doncic playing basketball. It ain’t James Harden, it’s a player from a whole another generation, the one and only Larry Bird.”
Whenever I see Luka Doncic ball these days, only one man comes to mind: pic.twitter.com/U8n8cbxXA2
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) March 1, 2021
Moreover, he took Doncic’s career and season to the next level, claiming he is the baddest white man in the association since the Boston Celtics legend, who did almost everything he wanted on the court, trash-talking players, toying them and leading his team to the glory in several occasions.
“All due respect to Dirk Nowitzki and Manu Ginobili, but Luka Doncic is the baddest white dude since Larry Bird. Somebody had to say it, so I’m gonna say it. People said that he was propped up just because he was white, Bird had to light some teams up before his greatness was even acknowledged. However, Luka already has that respect. And the kid just turned 22 yesterday. Saturday night he outplayed James Harden to defeat the Brooklyn Nets.”
Luka has played down comparisons with Bird, saying he has a lot to play and do before reaching that level and he just wants to have fun on the hardwood. The Mavericks star is getting better every season and a lot of people see him as the future face of the league, so no wonder people have such praise and expectations for him and his career.
He still has a long way ahead but he’s making the right steps to be great and be successful in the league. If he keeps playing at this level and gets the right help, the Mavericks could get their 2nd NBA championship sooner than later.