Luka Doncic
Luka Doncic
22-Year-Old GuardG
Dallas Mavericks
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Doncic built upon his electric rookie campaign, improving his numbers essentially across the board. The sophomore 20-year-old averaged 28.8 points, 9.4 rebounds, 8.8 assists, 2.8 threes and 1.0 steals in 33.6 minutes during 2019-20. Doncic is in complete control of the Mavericks' offense, posting the second-highest usage rate in the league (36.8 percent), trailing only Giannis Antetokounmpo and just ahead of James Harden. What resulted was the 10th-best fantasy season on a per-game basis in eight-category leagues. Doncic's big performances were historic, including a game against the Bucks in the bubble where he recorded 36 points, 19 assists, 14 rebounds and a steal with just two turnovers -- one of his 17 triple-doubles. While it doesn't seem like there's much more for him to improve in terms of raw numbers, he's just 21 years old, so improvement is practically inevitable. For Doncic, that would probably take the form of better efficiency from three (31.6 percent) and the free-throw line (75.8). All things considered, Doncic is a no-brainer first-round fantasy selection who has the upside to crack the Top 5 if things break right. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $14.24 million contract with the Mavericks in July of 2018. Mavericks exercised $8.05 million team option for 2020-21 in September of 2019. Mavericks exercised $10.2 million team option for 2021-22 in December of 2020.
Personal Bio

Luka Doncic was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia, to Mirjam Poterbin and Sasha Doncic. His father played pro basketball in Slovenia while his godfather, Radoslav Nesterovic, played 12 seasons in the NBA and won a title with the San Antonio Spurs in 2005. Luka began playing basketball at age eight with the youth teams of Olimpija. He practiced often with Olimpija's under-14 team, but due to league rules, could not play with the squad. Instead, he played for the club's under-12 selection team. When he was only 13, Doncic signed a five-year contract with Real Madrid. He immediately began playing for the under-16 team, earning the MVP award during the under-16 Spain Championship. In the championship game, he scored 25 points in victory. The following year, Doncic moved up to Real Madrid's under-18 team and reserve team. He continued to shine, winning the MVP award at the under-18 Next Generation Tournament and claiming a championship. At 16 years, two months and two days of age, he made his professional debut, becoming the youngest player to ever play for Real Madrid. A little over three years later, Doncic became an NBA player when he was selected in the 2018 NBA Draft. He has shown an interest for charitable giving throughout his brief career, donating game-worn sneakers to raise money for meaningful causes on more than one occasion. Learn more about Doncic by following him on Twitter (@luka7doncic) and on Instagram (@lukadoncic).

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Luka Doncic played three seasons for the EuroLeague's Real Madrid squad before joining the Mavericks in 2018. As a 16-year-old, he appeared in 51 EuroLeague and ACB games for Real Madrid, coming off the bench to average 4.3 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists in over 12 minutes per game during the 2015-16 season. During his second year with Real Madrid, Doncic started 26 of 77 EuroLeague and ACB games, helping the squad to a fourth-place EuroLeague finish. He led the team in scoring in four of 36 EuroLeague contests. Doncic's EuroLeague career peaked in 2017-18, a season in which he led Real Madrid to their 10th EuroLeague Championship. He averaged 16.0 points, 4.8 boards and 4.3 assists over 33 EuroLeague contests. After Real Madrid defeated Fenerbahce Dogus in the EuroLeague finals, Doncic was named both EuroLeague Final Four MVP and EuroLeague MVP. At 18, he was the youngest EuroLeague player to win the MVP award.

Sniffs triple-double in win
GDallas Mavericks
April 8, 2021
Doncic registered 27 points (11-20 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 2-5 FT), nine rebounds, nine assists and one block in 36 minutes during Thursday's win over the Bucks.
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The 22-year-old was a rebound and an assist away from his 10th triple-double of the season. Doncic has been on a roll over his seven games since returning from a back injury and non-COVID illness, as he's averaged 27.7 points, 7.7 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 3.6 three-pointers in that span. The third-year guard should continue starting and playing 35-40 minutes per game the rest of the way for the seventh-seeded Mavericks.
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2019

Doncic followed up his 2018-19 Rookie of the Year campaign with an even better sophomore season. The 6-foot-7 ballhandler set new personal bests in points (28.8), rebounds (9.4) and assists (8.8) per game en route to his first All-Star selection. He also improved both his field-goal percentage (46.3) and free-throw percentage (75.8). Doncic finished seventh in the NBA in made free throws (426), 16th in total rebounds (573), fourth in total assists (538), sixth in total points (1,759), first in triple-doubles (17), third in PER (27.6), second in usage percentage (36.8), 10th in win shares (8.8), fourth in box plus/minus (8.4), and seventh in VORP (5.4). On Nov. 18 during a win over the Spurs, Doncic set a new career high with 42 points and triple-doubled with 12 assists and 11 rebounds. Two days later against the Warriors, he matched his career-high four steals while posting another triple-double with 35 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in just 26 minutes. In a Nov. 29 win over the Suns, Doncic again delivered 42 points, adding 11 assists, nine rebounds and a steal. All told, Doncic put up an NBA-best 17 triple-doubles on the season, adding another 22 double-doubles for good measure. In the NBA bubble on Aug. 4, during a win over the Kings, Doncic generated 34 points, a career-high 20 rebounds, 12 rebounds and two blocks. Four days later against Milwaukee, Doncic dished out a career-high 19 assists to go along with 36 points, 14 rebounds and one steal. Doncic made his NBA playoff debut on Aug. 17, racking up 42 points with nine assists and seven rebounds in Game 1 of the first round against the Clippers; He triple-doubled twice in the series, finishing with averages of 31.0 points, 9.8 rebounds, 8.7 assists and 1.2 steals. That included his remarkable Game 4 effort: 43 points, 17 boards, 13 assists, a steal and a block. For his efforts during the regular season, Doncic was named to the All-NBA First Team.

2018

The hype was real. It's not a stretch to say Doncic produced one of the most impressive freshman campaigns in NBA history. The eventual 2018-19 Rookie of the Year was a dominant all-around force from the get-go. A supremely well-rounded contributor, he became the first rookie in league history to average 20 points (21.2), seven rebounds (7.8), six assists (6.0) and a steal (1.1) per game. Over a five-game span in mid-March, he picked up three triple-doubles in eight days. He then ended his season with a 21-point, 16-rebound (a season high), 11-assist performance against the Suns on Apr. 9 -- his eighth triple-double of the campaign. The young Slovenian scored 30-plus points on eight occasions, topping out with a pair of 35-point efforts. He shot threes at a prodigious clip, jacking up 7.1 attempts per game and making 32.7 percent of them. In addition to his prodigious offensive production, Doncic finished with three or more steals nine times. He was a unanimous selection for the NBA All-Rookie First Team. Few NBA rookies are ready for the grind and physicality of an 82-game season. Doncic, presumably due to the three years he spent playing professionally in Spain, was the rare exception.

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Transaction History
  • June 21, 2018
    Selected by the Atlanta Hawks in the first round (third overall pick) of the 2018 NBA Draft and traded to the Dallas Mavericks for Trae Young and a 2019 first-round draft pick.
  • July 9, 2018
    Signed a two-year, $14.24 million contract with the Dallas Mavericks.
  • September 24, 2019
    Dallas Mavericks exercised $8.05 million team option for 2020-21.
  • December 1, 2020
    Dallas Mavericks exercised $10.2 million team option for 2021-22.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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The 2018-19 Rookie of the Year, Doncic had one of the best opening campaigns in NBA history. He became the first rookie ever to average at least 20 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 1 steal, and he did it as a 19-year-old. Not only did Doncic record an impressive 21.2 points per game, he did it in unique fashion for a young player, with the only other rookie ever to average at least 2 made threes and 4 made free-throws being Allen Iverson. The Mavericks are already comfortable handing Doncic the keys to the offense, and his all-around skillset makes him a valuable fantasy commodity. He ranked 11th in usage rate (30.5%) last season, and Doncic recorded eight games with at least 30 points, 22 games with at least 10 rebounds, 11 performances with 10-plus assists, and nine outings with greater than three steals. It's difficult to over-emphasize how NBA-ready Doncic looked as a teenager. Heading into his second season, fantasy owners will look for the 6-foot-7 playmaker to increase his efficiency, as he shot a less-than-ideal 42.7 percent from the field, 32.7 percent from deep and 71.3 percent from the charity stripe. If Doncic can bump those percentages up while making small statistical strides elsewhere, he has a strong shot at making the All-Star team in 2019-20 and being a top-tier fantasy asset.
Doncic entered the 2018 NBA Draft as one of the more hyped international players in recent memory. He picked up EuroLeague MVP honors in his fourth season with Real Madrid and finished the year with averages of 16.0 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.1 steals across 33 games. He also hit 1.7 three-pointers per contest at a 32.9 percent clip. Doncic's production earned him a selection with the third overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft and he now heads to Dallas as another building block for the future. It seems likely that Doncic is thrust into big minutes right away and even though there may be some growing pains in terms of his fit alongside promising second-year guard Dennis Smith, his extended range at 6-foot-8 and versatility to make in impact at three different positions are all positives for his future Fantasy outlook. Doncic's numbers likely won't be overly gaudy in Year 1, but he'll enter the season as the best all-around Fantasy rookie, and he projects as a much more efficient scorer than the other guards in his draft class. Look for the rookie to be a coveted selection in dynasty leagues and he'll also be an intriguing late-round selection in standard drafts for those hoping Doncic makes a seamless transition to the NBA.
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Woeful shooting performance
GDallas Mavericks
April 7, 2021
Doncic put up 23 points (9-26 FG, 1-9 3Pt, 4-5 FT), nine rebounds, five assists, a steal and a block across 37 minutes in Wednesday's loss against the Rockets.
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Leads team to win against Knicks
GDallas Mavericks
April 3, 2021
Doncic recorded 26 points (11-23 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 1-4 FT), eight rebounds, seven assists and one steal Friday in a 99-86 win at New York.
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Goes off for 36-8-5 in win
GDallas Mavericks
March 31, 2021
Doncic posted 36 points (11-15 FG, 7-11 3Pt, 7-11 FT), eight rebounds and five assists in Wednesday's win over Boston.
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Scores 25 in return to action
GDallas Mavericks
March 30, 2021
Doncic recorded 25 points (9-17 FG, 4-10 3Pt, 3-4 FT), seven assists, three rebounds and two steals across 28 minutes in Monday's 127-106 win over the Thunder.
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Not listed on injury report
GDallas Mavericks
March 28, 2021
Doncic (back, illness) is not listed on the injury report ahead of Monday's game against Oklahoma City, Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News reports.
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