No matter how good they are or how nice they are, professional athletes will always find that social media troll. There’s always someone hiding behind a keyboard taking swings at the pros. Luka Doncic, the young Dallas Mavericks star, recently found himself being attacked on social media. Doncic, however, simply agreed with the criticism and moved on.
Luka Doncic is a rising star
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Luka Doncic is entering his third season in the NBA and he’s just 21 years old. Selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the third overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft, Doncic was immediately shipped to the Dallas Mavericks in a deal involving Trae Young. Doncic has shown he’s likely to be a fixture for the Mavs for years to come.
In his rookie season, Doncic started all 72 regular-season games in which he played. The 6-foot-7, 230-pound guard averaged 21.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and six assists per game. Doncic is the only player in NBA history with 20 or more triple-doubles at 21 years of age or younger.
He followed up his first year with an even better sophomore season. Doncic increased his scoring average to 28.8 points per game. He also increased his rebounding average (9.4) and assist average (8.8). Doncic was named to his first NBA All-Star Game during the 2019-2020 season.
Doncic has that drive to get better
At 21 years old, Luka Doncic has already become a leader for the Dallas Mavericks. He’s the go-to guy and he’s the right guy for the job. At 6-foot-7, he’s a tough matchup for most guards. He’s become a triple-double machine. Most importantly, Doncic has that drive. He’s never satisfied and is always looking to improve.
“Every year, I want to be better. That’s the goal,” said Doncic, according to Sports Illustrated. “I want to win the championship. That’s the goal we entered last year, that’s the goal we’re going to enter this year as a whole group.”
Doncic is also a we-first guy. There’s nothing selfish about him. Doncic and the Mavs are looking to go deeper into the postseason this year. The Mavs are in a tough Western Conference, but with Doncic leading the way, they are in a position to take that next big step.
Doncic deals with social media trolls
Before the 2020-21 NBA season began, Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic was getting a lot of attention on social media. It wasn’t about how he might win an MVP this season. It wasn’t about how far he could lead the Mavs in the postseason. Doncic was being criticized for his weight. Doncic took it all in stride, even agreeing with the posts.
“I mean, people on Twitter say every stuff,” he recently told Brad Townsend of the Dallas Morning News. “But, it’s true I’m not in my best shape. I will get there for sure. But, you know, I’ve never been a muscular guy, so what can I say?”
Doncic heard the noise and he addressed it. He admitted he was a little heavier ad he said he’ll deal with it. Social media can be cruel, but Mavericks fans need not worry about their superstar.