Mavs’ Luka Doncic unlikely to play in Summer League

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Mavs’ Luka Doncic unlikely to play in Summer League

The Dallas Mavericks became winners very early in this draft because of two words: Luka Doncic.

Still, while the Mavs are well aware that Doncic was arguably the best player in this year's NBA Draft, making the transition from European basketball to the NBA is not always an easy proposition.

Doncic figures to shape the future of the Mavericks in some form with Dallas coming off consecutive losing seasons for the first time since the second of Nowitzki's two hard years at the start of his career. "I was just really excited to get to Atlanta".

At 6-foot-7 and 220 pounds, Doncic averaged about 15 points, five rebounds and five assists during Real Madrid's championship season. Luka is his own guy.

Carlisle already has an idea of how he wants to use Doncic and believes it will cause real problems for opponents. "I think his position is on the floor, making plays and making people better". Based on Pelton's calculations, which take into account age and how other European prospects' statistics have translated to National Basketball Association production, Doncic's WARP projection isn't just higher than Ricky Rubio's and Nikola Jokic's - it's also the highest projection on record, even besting that of a young Anthony Davis.

"I will tell about all at the right time", he said.

Then it was another guard with Alabama's Collin Sexton going at No. 8 to Cleveland, triggering chants of Michael Porter Jr.'s name by Knicks fans who hoped they would take him with the No. 9 pick.

Getty Luka Doncic is headed to the Dallas Mavericks. "I can too, but to be like LeBron, I have to work much harder", Doncic said.

"Doncic's next destination was a focal point of many a conversation over the course of the weekend", Givony wrote from the EuroLeague Final Four.

Speaking of brothers, Kostas Antetokounmpo of Dayton, brother of Bucks All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo, was the 60th and final pick by Philadelphia. It seems likely that both will handle the ball, but Doncic will be considered the shooting guard.

After capping his brilliant stay in Spain with another title, the Slovenian guard heads the list of global players expected to be selected on Thursday, a teenager whose résumé is already more complete than even some of the most seasoned veterans.

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