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Luka Doncic has taken the NBA by storm in this, his rookie season with the Dallas Mavericks.
The 19-year-old, averaging 20.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.1 steals in 32.0 minutes in 52 games, has often times made it look easy with his combination of athleticism and court sense.
Toward that end, it is, according to Doncic. Well, not easy, but easier when it comes to scoring than it was during his tenure with Real Madrid in Europe.
“Here [in the NBA] it’s easier to score compared to Europe, of course,” Doncic said in an interview with Alex Madrid of Eurohoops.net. “In Europe, the court is smaller and here there is the three-seconds rule.
“I think it’s easier to score here.”
Doncic, who won’t turn 20 until Feb. 28, scored well in Spain, playing in both the Liga ACB and in the EuroLeague. LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers, in fact, mentioned the teenager as someone he’d like to play with.
I remember that interview. It was special for me,” the Slovenian wunderkind said. “First, playing against him was special. And, afterward, LeBron saying that… it has been even more special for me.”
While snubbed when it came time to choose players for the NBA All-Star Game, Doncic admitted he was disappointed in not being selected.
“I wanted to go and I was very disappointed when they told me I wasn’t,” he said. “What matters is the people who voted for me. I was impressed and that’s what matters most to me.
“Maybe next year I’ll be there.”