In his brief time in the NBA, Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic has continued to make headway as one of the rising stars in the league. His stellar performance on the court has continued to garner a great deal of respect and recognition from his peers. That has also drawn an intriguing comparison from Los Angeles Lakers guard Danny Green to one particular Clippers star player.
Luka Doncic’s strong start to NBA career
Since entering the league, Doncic has had a tremendous impact on the game behind his continuing improved play that he has taken to another level in the 2019-20 season.
The 20-year-old has quickly pushed his way forward into the early MVP conversation, currently averaging a near triple-double, ranking third with 30.8 points along with 9.9 rebounds and 9.6 assists per contest. His hot start to the year has also put him in the record books
Doncic’s six career triple-doubles are the most by a player before turning age 21 while he has joined LeBron James as the only players to notch 30-point triple-double before reaching that age. He’s also the only player in Mavericks’ history to record a 40-point triple-double that puts him alongside James again as the only two to achieve that feat before their 21st birthday.
The second-year forward’s promising play has earned him much recognition from players around the league, and now intriguing comparison from a Lakers guard.
Danny Green believes Luka Doncic plays like one Clipper star
Behind his stellar play on the court this season, there have been plenty of comparisons thrown towards Doncic with his all-around game drawing some similarities to that of LeBron James.
However, veteran guard Danny Green sees the 20-year-old playing like the reigning back-to-back Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams in terms of his scoring ability, according to Kyle Goon of the Southern California News Group.
It’s the first time that Doncic’s game has drawn any comparison to Williams, but it does show that he has earned respect as being a naturally-gifted scorer in the league. Williams is widely regarded as one of the best pure scorers that has an uncanny knack for drawing shooting fouls while being one of the top fourth-quarter finishers.
There will be those that see this as a slight, but it’s Green speaking highly of Doncic’s ability to create his own shots while frustrating his opponents with shooting fouls. If anything, it shows that he has a unique skillset offensively that has a multitude of options in his repertoire.
Luka Doncic’s bright future ahead
Beyond all of these comparisons, it’s clear that Doncic has established himself among the elite players in the league.
The 20-year-old has already garnered much respect from notable peers such as James, Paul George, and Kawhi Leonard. The fact that he’s playing this well this early into his career only further speaks to the unique talent he is on the court.
It may be early, but he could have the trajection of a player that is not only regarded as one of the best in the league but have numerous accolades to name in the coming years that could foreseeably include a few MVP awards. The pace that he’s producing at should see him put himself in exclusive company or set many more records in NBA history.
Doncic is a game-changing talent that has become one of the most entertaining players to watch in the league on a nightly basis. Simply put, the Mavericks have their new face of the franchise that has a tremendously bright future ahead of him that could take the team to great heights over the decade-plus.