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Luka Doncic

Real Madrid

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  • Born: 2/28/99
  • Height: 6’7″
  • Wingspan:
  • Weight: 220 lbs
  • Draft Eligibility: 2018
  • Nationality: Slovenian

Strengths

  • Pick-and-roll wizard, combines fantastic court vision, advanced timing, deception, and size to deliver all kinds of passes. True point forward.
  • Advanced handle at 6’9, comfortable dribbling in front of smaller guards, uses size well to shield ball.
  • Great in grab-and-go situations where he can use handle and court vision, able to go pretty fast with a head of steam.
  • Mature physical frame for an 18 year old, able to fight down low with grown men forwards.
  • Very good rebounder on both ends, good court awareness and aggression going after boards.
  • Smart and disciplined team defender, does good job taking proper angles when guarding ball, will surprise with some impressive instinctual blocks.
  • Confident shooter, comfortable pulling-up from beyond the arc, shooting off-screens, likes to use step-backs on switched bigs.
  • Shot 80.8% from line last year, very efficient when given time and space.
  • Crafty as a driver, uses handle, change of pace, and long strides to navigate defenders, can finish with floaters or use body control to contort around defense, good touch.
  • Potential as a post-up player as he continues to add strength due to size, handle, and vision.

Weaknesses / Questions

  • Limited athletically, doesn’t just blow by guys on perimeter or rise above opponents at rim.
  • Game is already very developed, where is room for growth in NBA?
  • Who will he guard in NBA? May be a touch too slow for perimeter players and a touch too small for more traditional bigs, could get exposed in space versus quicker players.
  • Questionable decision maker, goes for highlight passes that result in turnovers.
  • How good of a shooter is he actually? Only shot 33.3% this past year from beyond arc, has a low and slow release that can be bothered.

Bottom Line

Doncic’s production as a 16/17/18 year old playing for Real Madrid is nearly unheard of. An efficient scorer from all three-levels (three, mid-range, at the rim), who passes like an elite point guard, yet stands 6’9. There are legitimate concerns with his outside shot, decision making, and athleticism but Doncic is already one of the best players in Euroleague at 18 years old. Certainly a high NBA-floor as a point forward type and if his skills and decision making continue to improve true superstar ceiling. One of the best international prospects the NBA has ever seen.

— J.Z. Mazlish, 11.1.17

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