Luka Doncic responds from Dallas, where early Tuesday morning disputes its tenth official match, which faces its Mavericks with the Washington Wizards. Just three weeks after the NBA began, Wonder Boy has become one of the sensations. The questions of a group of journalists from all continents slide by elevation. The 19-year-old Slovenian forward responds with a very deliberate but firm voice and without giving it many laps. "We have many leaders in the team, but if you're asking me about the future, I want to be one of them, that's how I feel right now. And if the team helps me, I can be, "says number 77 of the Mavericks. "I always want to have the ball in my hands and play the 'pick and roll', but here the situation is different. We have many players here who can take on that responsibility. "
The transition of European basketball, of Real Madrid to the NBA, it has been dizzying and at the same time it has marked a before and after. Doncic has gone through a season in which he won almost everything, the Eurobasket with the national team, the Euroleague and the Endesa League, to the tail of the NBA with Dallas, with two wins and seven losses. "For me it is very hard. I always want to win. But there are many games left for the end of the season and, if we are together and we try hard, we can win many matches. My priority is the team and reach the 'playoffs', my goal. Then comes everything else, the individual issues. Being 'rookie' of the year would be something very special for me. "
No matter the Mavericks red light, the League lends its focus to a European rookie who for now dominates his top rivals in the race to be proclaimed the 'rookie of the year'. Doncic averages 19.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 34 minutes. The numbers of Trae Young (Atlanta) are 19.1 points, 3.2 rebounds, 7.9 assists and 31 minutes. And those of Deandre Ayton, chosen by Phoenix number one of the draft, 16 points, 10.7 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 32 minutes.
You are even asked what meaning it gives to the fact that your numbers resist comparison with those of Michael Jordan in his 'rookie' season, with 27.3 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 35 minutes in his first nine games. "That comparison for me is everything," he admits. "Jordan is the best player of all time. But I can not compare to him. He did an incredible race. "
Now, one of your idols is Lebron James, to whom he asked for the signed shirt when the Mavericks and the Lakers faced each other. "It was very special, fantastic, a day that will remain for the memory." The official record states that Doncic measures 2.01 meters and weighs 98 kilos. The physical aspect is one of those that arouse the most doubts and, at the same time, allow more room for progression in the case of the Europeans who visit the NBA. "The game is faster of course, but it has not surprised me, and also more physical. I try to improve in this aspect, there are many athletic players in this league. Playing three games a week in Europe, with the Euroleague, has helped me to adapt better. " And a final comparison with the player who misses more Real Madrid: "I would say that Cristiano Ronaldo. He is one of the best players in the world. I still have to achieve it. "
Maxi Kleber, the German center of Dallas Mavericks, is convinced that Doncic will achieve all his goals. "He's an amazing player," he compliments, "with a lot of talent, one of the best but the best European player. In my opinion, there is no limit. You can do everything. Is special".