The NBA is an all-around top-tier league that features the most talented basketball players in the world. One of those players is the Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic, who has been shredding his competition. As the lone star in Dallas, Doncic has been outstanding for the Mavericks.
Selected third overall by the Atlanta Hawks in 2017 before getting traded to the Mavs, Doncic entered the league just as unproven as everyone else. But he quickly showed promise early on.
Throughout his career, Doncic has developed the skills that allowed him to be highly recruited so many years ago. Even during his rookie season, Doncic drew attention from the masses due to his on-court talents.
Due to the exceptional growth displayed in his first four years, we’d declare Doncic as the best player in the NBA right now. As we watch Doncic in his fifth season, here are just some of the reasons why he’s the best in the league today.
Doncic has achieved something that not even LeBron James reached
Before the Slovenian wonder got drafted into the NBA, he had drawn comparisons to some all-time greats such as Larry Bird, LeBron James, and James Harden. Once he arrived, Doncic took the league by storm. It was only right that he was compared to those generational players, as his talents are up to par with them. Even as a 19-year-old, Doncic showed that he was a great player as a rookie.
Interestingly, he has joined a club even LeBron James isn’t in. The Boy Wonder is just 23 years of age, and he’s already made the All-NBA First Team for the past three seasons. He’s the fourth player to make it into the All-NBA First Team at least three or more times before turning 24. Doncic joined Tim Duncan, Kevin Durant, and Max Zaslofsky.
What’s odd is that James started making it to All-NBA teams during his second season, similar to the Mavericks star. However, James only made it to the second team, which, in perspective, puts Doncic in elite company for his accomplishment. This season, he’s continued his rampage and is putting up insane numbers. Just recently, against the Brooklyn Nets, Doncic went toe-to-toe against Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant and posted a 40-point triple-double.
His All-NBA feat doesn’t tell much to casual fans. But it’s a sign that Doncic is on his way to becoming one of the all-time greats in basketball history. Right now, he’s just getting started, and but we can confidently say he’s the face of the league right now. His 2022-23 campaign has Doncic on pace to be included in the first team again, a big reason why he’s currently the best player.