Pat Mahomes became the richest athlete in American sports on Monday when the Kansas City Chiefs tendered a 10-year, $450 million offer to secure him as their quarterback well into the next decade. Yet one can’t help but wonder if there was an NBA player worthy of such a contract, who would it be?
Long gone are the days of mammoth seven-year deals and even the lengthy six-year deals were long abolished by the league, resulting in five years being the max a team can contractually offer a player. Though if there was an exception to that rule, one would have to be made for Luka Doncic.
The Dallas Mavericks star has only been able to legally drink for four months at the ripe age of 21, but he’s already showcased enough to make CEO Mark Cuban scream “take my money” once talks are due.
While the case could be made for guys like Giannis Antetokounmpo, 25; Zion Williamson, 20; Ja Morant, 20; and even Trae Young, 21 — but Doncic is undoubtedly the no-brainer choice to notch what could be a career-long commitment.
In less than two full NBA seasons, Doncic has put himself in the conversation for the Most Valuable Player award and come close to averaging a triple-double — something that hasn’t been done by a player in his second season since Oscar Robertson in 1961-62.
Doncic has shown an uncanny scoring ability, a smooth jumper, nose for rebounding, unique passing instincts, and an unmatched overall feel for the game at his age. The Slovenian wonderboy doesn’t shy away from the big moment or taking the clutch shots, a true sign of a franchise star.