Luka Doncic: Is this the season the Dallas Mavericks' superstar point guard takes over the NBA?

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In only three seasons, 22 -year-old Luka Doncic has proven himself one of the best players in the NBA. What comes next?
They call it Luka magic. Put the ball in this 6ft 8in Slovenian's hands and good things tend to happen on the court.

In fact, good is something of an understatement. Luka Doncic's play leans, shimmies and spins into the sublime so often that it would be unfair to describe it as anything else. Or indeed, as something any less enticing or mesmeric than magic.

If you've caught any of Doncic's three seasons in the NBA with the Dallas Mavericks, or even the four before that with Real Madrid in the EuroLeague and Liga ACB, you'll know exactly what 'Luka Magic' entails.

Luka Doncic is a magician confirmed pic.twitter.com/3HNb0fMnXg — Sky Sports NBA (@SkySportsNBA) October 9, 2021

According to the lore that tends to follow early greatness like this, clinging to its ankles to help explain a talent we would otherwise struggle to understand, Doncic first touched a basketball at seven months old and was playing with the miniature hoop in his room by the time he was one.

At the age of seven he was on the court at his primary school in Ljubljana, at eight with the local club Union Olimpija, where his father - Saša - put up his own shots from the wing for the senior team. It goes on like this. His prodigious abilities saw him last only 16 minutes of a training session with players his own age.

Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player Luka Doncic produced this moment of magic to give the Dallas Mavericks victory over the Memphis Grizzlies

Soon he was practising with team-mates up to six years older but league rules meant he could only compete against those with a three or four-year advantage in actual competition. At 13 he composed a 54-point, 11-rebound and 10-assist triple-double in the final of the Lido di Roma tournament to seal the trophy and earn MVP honours for himself. That particularly symphony was a sign of many more to come.

Real Madrid, who had been following the player for some time, had seen enough. So Luka signed on the dotted line and…
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