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Luka Doncic is a professional basketball player who plays for the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks and the Slovenian national team. A few years back, he rose to stardom while playing for his boyhood team, Union Olimpija, in Slovenia. He made his senior debut in the Slovenian national team in 2016, when he was 17 years old. The following year 2017, he helped his team to claim their first EuroBasket title.
Between 2015 to 2018, Luka Doncic played for real Madrid and has multiple notable achievements to his name. At the age of 19, he earned the Euroleague MVP and final-4 MVP awards. And in 2018, he was named ACB’s best young player and most valuable player. He also has multiple Euroleague rising star awards to his name. He is currently worth roughly $5 million, which tends to grow as his career progresses.
He has the ACB best young player, Euroleague final four MVP, Euroleague MVP, ACB Most Valuable Player, and Consecutive Euroleague Rising Star awards to his name.
In real Madrid’s historical records, Luca Doncic became, the youngest player to debut for the Senior Team at 17.
Quick Biography and Early Life
Luka Doncic was born to Mirjam Poterbin, a beauty salon entrepreneur, and Sasa Doncic, a former basketball player and currently a coach, on February 28, 1999. His father is a Slovenian with Serbian ancestry, while his mother is a Slovenian. However, he holds Slovenian nationality as he was born in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
When he was 9, his parents decided to file for a divorce, which granted his mother his legal guardianship and custody. Per information from his family, Luka Doncic played different sports as a child, football inclusive. However, he decided to quit them as he started growing taller. At seven, he started playing basketball games at primary school with kids older than him. In one of his interviews, he confirmed this, reflecting: “I was always training and competing with older kids, with vast experience than what I had. Many were faster, of courses bigger than me too, so I had to engage my brain to beat them.” He attended Osnovna soal Mirana Jarca. Vassilis Spanoulis, a Greek professional basketball player, was his idol in his early teenage years. All through his years at Madrid, he wore the number 7 Jersey to honor Spanoulis. He also believes Lebron James has a significant impact on his overall gameplay, so he adores him.
Where it all began…
At eight years old, he started training basketball at his father’s former team, Union Olimpija. Not long after, he broke into the club’s under-12 squad. However, as legal rules didn’t permit his inclusion into the club’s under-14 team, he was excluded.
In 2011, he was registered in the under-14 team to represent Olimpija at Vasas Intesa Sanpaolo Cup in Budapest. He was named the tournament’s MVP as his team finished as runner-ups. In February, Union Olimpija loaned him to Real Madrid. He represented the Spanish club in the Minicopa Endesam, where they also finished as runner-ups. Again, in this tournament, he clinched the MVP honors.
A year later, on the expiration of his loan contract, he helped Union Olimpija secure victory in the Under-13 Lido di Roma Tournament and, yet again, won himself the Most Valuable Player Honor.
Towards the end of 2012, in September, Luka Doncic signed a 5-year contract with Real Madrid. Just a year later, he started bagging notable honors and awards to his name. In February 2013, he helped his team win the Minicopa Endesa, and in March, he won the MVP of the Spanish U-16 Championship. He earned the all-league’s honorable mention honors from EuroBasket at the close of the 2014/2015 season. At the start of 2015, he added the under-18 Ciutat de L’Hospitalet Tournament’s trophy to his bag and secured a spot in the All-tournament team.
The career progresses…
In 2015, Doncic made his professional debut for the Spanish club Real Madrid in the Liga ACB against Unicaja. This debut made him the third-longest debutant in Liga ACB’s history and the youngest professional debutant for the club itself. Also, he because the 21st player to debut before reaching the age of 17 in EuroLeague.
Within this period, he set a new ACB record for the highest PIR in a game and most points for U-17 players on attaining a season-record fifteen points, four assists, and six rebounds vs. Bilbao. At the close of the 16/17 season, he bagged the ACB best young player award and the EuroLeague Rising star honor by a unanimous vote. At the close of the 17/18 season, he was named Euroleague’s final four Most Valuable players and Euroleague MVP. He was also the ACB’s best young player with MVP honors. He has two consecutive Euroleague Rising star accolades to his name between 2017 and 2018.
The Atlanta Hawks traded Doncic to the Dallas Mavericks after selecting him with the 2018 NBA draft’s third overall pick. In July 2018, he signed a rookie contract with the Mavericks. He was named the NBA’s rookie of the month for the western conference in November 2018.
In the 2019/2020 season, he participated in his first NBA All-Star Game as a western conference starter. And as such, he became the youngest European Basketball player to earn a starting position in an All-star game. He had multiple records to his name throughout the season and finished 4th overall in the final MVP result, becoming the second-youngest player to ever finish top-5 in that category.
Luka Doncic international career
He has helped his country secure multiple victories in various tournaments. In 2014, he represented the Slovenian Junior team in a friendly game hosted in Hungary. He also assisted his national team in winning their first gold medal in the Eurobasket 2017. Furthermore, he also earned a spot in the All-tournament team.
Luka Doncic Stats
After playing the first 138 games in his NBA career, Luka Doncic averages about 7.2 assists, 8.5 rebounds, and 24.7 points per game. His previous records at Real Madrid showed that he averaged about 7.2 points, three assists, and 4.1 rebounds per game.
In the 20/21 season, he averaged roughly 25.8 points, 7.2 assists, and nine rebounds per game.
Personal Life and relationships
No significant or scandalous information relating to the affairs and personal life of Luka Doncic has come to light recently. According to available information, he is reportedly in a relationship with Anamaria Goltes, a Lingerie Model from Slovenia. Obviously, this relationship has not really left a significant adverse effect on his NBA career. He has affirmed multiple times that he still dedicates a lot of his time to his NBA career. His godfather also happens to be a former NBA Player, Radoslav Nesterovic.
Doncic speaks four languages with reasonable fluency, Serbian, English, Spanish, and Slovenian. He tattooed the Eurobasket 2017 cup on his right hip on helping his country secure a victory at the 2017 tournament. He also has a tiger tattoo on his left forearm. He has other tattoos that read “Non desitas, non exieris”. He wears the number 7 jersey and has a Pomeranian Dog he calls Hugo.
Luka Doncic Body Measurements
Luka Doncic’s height stands at about 2.01m, which is about 6 feet and 8 inches. He weighs roughly 218 pounds or 99 kilograms. He has a brown hair color and green eyes.
At eight years old, he practiced with the Union Olimpija’s U-14 team.
He considers Goran Dragic, his national teammate, as his friend and mentor
In January 2015, he earned a spot at the All-Tournament team, even being two years younger than the rest of his teammates.
In December 2017, he became the youngest winner of ACP POTM (Player Of the Month)
He earned multiple MVP honors and won the U-18 Nextgen Tournament in May 2015
Luka Doncic Net Worth
Per data available from multiple reliable sources, Luka Doncic’s net worth stands at about $5 million, and this number tends to rise significantly as his career progresses. His current contract still stands at the rookie-level, and very soon, he will surely get to sign a significant contract.
Due to his rising popularity in the league, Doncic also looks set to sign multiple major endorsement deals. On the expiration of his previous shoe deal with Nike, he was a sneaker-free agency before the season. Late 2019, December specifically, Doncic signed a multiple-year shoe deal with Air Jordan.
Luka Doncic Humanitarian and Charity endeavors
Luka Dincic auctioned his shoe in 2017 on winning the Euroleague. This auction aimed to raise funds for nurturing, breeding, and training rising basketball talents. Besides, he has participated in several charity events. After coming into the NBA, he took part in a charity tennis match organized by Dirk Nowitzki, a Mavericks legend.