After the 1970s, the NBA was in a bad state. Due to the immense popularity of baseball and football, the league was seeing a huge dip in popularity among fans. Just when everyone thought the NBA might go bankrupt, the rivalry between Magic Johnson and Larry Bird revived it.
Speaking of Bird, he spent his entire career with the Boston Celtics. He had a phenomenal 13-year career in the NBA, where he helped the Celtics win three NBA Championships.
When we consider the elite skill of Bird and his immense popularity among the fans, it's clear that he is a generational talent. But is there any current NBA player who has a similar playing style to that of Larry Legend?
Well, if someone had to make a guess, they'd most likely pick the Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic.
Luka Doncic Could Surpass Larry Bird In The Future
Similar to Bird, Doncic is arguably a generational talent. He hasn't even spent a long time in the NBA, but he has already made a name for himself. When you take a look at Doncic's amazing scoring ability and playing style, it reminds fans of Bird.
Even NBA analyst Shannon Sharpe talked about Doncic being the closest player to the Boston Celtics legend in the NBA right now.
"Luka is the closest thing to Larry Bird, and when it’s all said and done, he’ll probably be better than Bird! Luka is the one guy that can give 40 points and 15 assists. He's phenomenal."
Being compared to Larry Bird is an honor in itself. As we mentioned earlier, Bird is arguably one of the top 10 players to ever play in the NBA.
As for Luka, he has already proved that he can score in the league. However, the bigger question around him is whether or not he can win NBA Championships in his career. If he can win three or four rings, then he will have a real chance at one day surpassing Bird.