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Dirk Nowitzki Believes Luka Doncic Has The Game Of A Veteran: "He Is Already Playing Like A Thirty-Year Old."

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Luka Doncic is one of the best players in the league already, and he is not even close to his prime. He has served as the No. 1 option offensively for the Dallas Mavericks over the course of his career, and most recently brought them to the Western Conference Finals.

There is no doubt that many have high expectations for Luka Doncic. Magic Johnson once called him a "once-in-a-lifetime player and an MVP candidate", and perhaps Luka Doncic will prove him right in the future.

“Luka Dončić’s game-winning three-pointer against the Celtics last night further proves why he is a once-in-a-lifetime player & MVP candidate.

Last season, Luka Doncic ended up making the All-NBA First Team, and there is no doubt that this was a good stepping stone for him individually. Now, it is about continuing to improve and becoming that MVP-level player.

Dirk Nowitzki Says Luka Doncic Has A 30-Year-Old Game

Dirk Nowitzki notably played with Luka Doncic during the superstar's rookie year, and he has seen Doncic's talent up close. He had some interesting things to say about Luka Doncic's skill set.

In a recent interview, Dirk Nowitzki claimed that Luka Doncic already has the game of a veteran, claiming that he was already "reading the game" during his first day in the league. He suggested that he has the game of an experienced veteran, claiming that "he is already playing like a 30-year-old". An article on EuroHoops relayed the news.

Usually guys come in and they are raw and develop, and with experience and hard work they just take that next level,” explained Nowitzki, “But to me, the way he already reads the game and makes decisions, off the pick-and-roll, when to pass and when to shoot. He is already playing like a 30-year-old. I have been super impressed. From day one, he came in just reading the game, his basketball IQ is just on another level.

It will be interesting to see how good Luka Doncic ends up getting. There's no doubt that Luka Doncic has elite knowledge of the game, and he has had the time to learn basketball even prior to the NBA, as Doncic was a professional in Europe before getting drafted. 

Perhaps we will see Luka Doncic end up improving even further next season. He is certainly a terrific player already, and it's scary to think about him potentially reaching another level in the future.