The perfect replacement for the soon retirement of Dirk Nowitzki has been found for the Mavericks in their young teenage rookie, Luka Doncic. The Slovenian 19-year-old was picked up third in the NBA Draft and is already the frontrunner for this year’s Rookie of the Year award.
Golden State Warriors Coach, Steve Kerr has been very vocal about how impressive the young Mavericks star is, believing that Doncic is “already an All-Star”.
Kerr recently spoke to reporters where he said that Doncic doesn’t look like a rookie.
"I didn't know much about him. I never saw him play until we played Dallas the first time or watching him on TV before that, but he is confident beyond where you would expect somebody in his shoes to be — coming from a different country and being 19 years old.
"He's a brilliant player. I think he's already an All-Star. I don't know how the votes will shake out, but he looks like an All-Star player to me."
Warriors players Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, and Draymond Green also praise the future Rookie of the Year, Luka Doncic.
"He's unbelievable," Curry said of Doncic. "You can tell he's just experienced in terms of playing high-level basketball. A guy that's always at his own pace. I'm sure he had heard all the doubters and people talking about his game who really didn't know much about him, and he's made himself known for sure. It's fun to watch in terms of the future of the league."
"I don't know if he's an All-Star with how the numbers work, but he's an All-Star player," Warriors All-Star forward Draymond Green said. "So I don't know if he'll be an All-Star, per se [this year], but he's definitely an All-Star talent -- that's for damn sure."
"He's playing great ball," Durant said. "Definitely for a 19-year-old to average 20 [points], six [rebounds] and five [assists] is definitely numbers you can look at and consider him for an All-Star selection, but there's so many great players out there at his position, so you never know, but just his poise for the game, his step-back 3 -- that's what he wants to get to most of the time. He's big and strong, can pass, can play in the pick-and-roll. He played in Europe last season. The rest of the rookie class played in college. So he's in the second-best league in the world learning how to play the game."
Last night, Doncic has a great game against the Warriors, with 26 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists.
For a team that’s considered one of the greatest of all time, it is a huge compliment for the 19-year-old to have so much respect from them.