Summary of “Will Luka Doncic be the next star NBA player from Europe?”

They’ll call Doncic soft, comparing him to players who superficially resemble him, and they’ll bemoan the decision to choose him over a blue-chip NCAA prospect – even if, as Porzingis contends, “There’s no other college kid that’s able to put up those numbers in a EuroLeague game.” At the moment, Porzingis explains, there’s more hype around the Americans.
In street clothes, his build is surprisingly dense; if Doncic had been born in Birmingham, Alabama, instead of Ljubljana, Slovenia, he might’ve played football.
A few minutes later, Doncic sings a few unprintable lyrics from Migos’ “Bad and Boujee.” And when Julio sighs, Doncic smiles sweetly, gesturing toward me.
Two summers ago, Doncic spent two weeks in Santa Barbara, California, at P3, a sports science and workout facility that draws many NBA stars.
After his food arrives, I ask Doncic if he ever hears from NBA fans on social media.
“He’s been seen, studied, evaluated by everyone,” says Gherardini, who jokes, “I was aware of him since he was born!” Given his age, Doncic’s production is almost unprecedented; rotations in the EuroLeague run deeper than they do in the NBA, which makes it hard for young players to tally meaningful minutes.
According to ESPN’s Kevin Pelton, Doncic has the highest wins above replacement player projection of any European prospect since 2006, when data became available.
Based on Pelton’s calculations, which take into account age and how other European prospects’ statistics have translated to NBA production, Doncic’s WARP projection isn’t just higher than Ricky Rubio’s and Nikola Jokic’s – it’s also the highest projection on record, even besting that of a young Anthony Davis.

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