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Luka Doncic

Scouting Report

Though not the most physically gifted member of this year's draft class, Doncic has no peers among the top prospects in terms of experience and on-court accomplishments, one reason why the Slovenia native is a legitimate candidate to be the No. 1 overall pick. A basketball prodigy who has played professionally since age 16, he helped his homeland to a surprise gold medal at 2017 EuroBasket as an 18-year-old, then became the youngest MVP in EuroLeague history after leading Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid to the 2018 title and collecting Final Four MVP honors as well. Doncic's uncommon maturity and advanced instincts for a teenager are what separate him from most from his counterparts. He's also the best passer of this year's draft crop, possessing exceptional court vision and solid ball-handling skills to possibly earn his keep as an oversized point guard a la Ben Simmons. Doncic is less refined as a 3-point shooter right now, though his sound mechanics and career 80.1 percent success rate from the foul line bode well for his chances of adding a consistent perimeter threat to his game. One area Doncic may never excel in is on the defensive end, though his awareness and effort level help compensate for a lack of elite movement skills. That ordinary athleticism may ultimately prevent him from reaching true superstar status, but his pedigree and proven playmaking abilities make him as safe a bet as there is to be an instant contributor and eventual difference-maker.


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