Charles Barkley is one of those guys that calls it how he sees it. There are no mincing words with him, not even on live tv. So when he says Luka Doncic is going to be pretty good, it's a declaration we should all recognize.
Here's what Barkley said to Brad Townsend:
"I like what Dallas did. I mean, they got two young studs. They got cap space. They got probably the best player-friendly owner in the league. I tell you what, if they could get one of those free agents, they could change the balance of power really quick, especially if Porzingis comes back healthy.
"Because let me tell you something, that boy Doncic, he's the real deal. As we used to say in my day, that's a bad white boy. I mean, (expletive), he's not there yet, but we're getting really close to little black kids in the 'hood wearing his jersey. Real close. It used to be Larry Bird, Steve Nash, Dirk Nowitzki, Ginobili, that was it. Doncic, if he keeps playing like this, we're going to see his number in the 'hood."
And Luka is, indeed, having a fantastic season. His 20.7 points, 7.2 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game average on 43% shooting is unprecedented for a 19-year-old Rookie.
He's quickly playing his way into stardom, and it has not gone unnoticed. With Doncic leading the way, the Mavericks hope to build something seriously special. And while the health of Kristaps Porzingis will be key going forward, having Doncic in their corner is really all they need.
Barkley would agree.