From FIBA World Cup Heroics to Childbirth, Luka Doncic Reminisces “Amazing” 2023 on New Year’s Eve

Published 12/31/2023, 7:16 PM EST

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Luka Doncic has undoubtedly had a year for the ages. The Dallas Mavericks guard has enjoyed success, bliss and thrill throughout the year, capping off one of his most memorable periods. While the Mavericks could not attain the same kind of success, their star guard has had a remarkable stretch.

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Luka Doncic entered the year as one of the best players in the NBA on one of the best teams. He then went on to have an unreal FIBA World Cup run with his national side, Team Slovenia. And just when he thought the year couldn’t get any better, his daughter, Gabriella, arrived. The proud father looked back at this very unbelievable year.

Luka Doncic reminisces “amazing” 2023

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2023 seemed to bring nothing but joy to Doncic. The 24-year-old entered the year as the Mavericks’ cornerstone and one of the best players in the league. While his team seemed comfortably placed at 6th on the Western Conference table, Mark Cuban pulled off a miracle. Bringing Kyrie Irving to Dallas lifted some major burden from 4x All-Star’s shoulders. Although the Mavs could not make the playoffs last season, Doncic had much to look up to after it. From a record-breaking FIBA World Cup run to Texas Rangers games with his mentor Dirk Nowitzki, Doncic recorded it all on his social media.

Doncic has had an unforgettable journey in 2023 and has some of the best memories to carry forward to 2024. The Mavericks are placed firmly in 6th place again and the Slovenian guard is in the running for an MVP award.

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Things seem to be looking up for the Mavericks star yet again as he enters 2024. As the Mavs guard turns the page on 2023, here’s a look back at his incredible year.

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Luka Doncic had a rollercoaster of a year in 2023. From disappointments to pure bliss, the 24-year-old experienced it all. It all began with a shocking Kyrie Irving acquisition that helped him take the heavy weight of carrying the Mavericks’ team alone off his shoulders. Then came a major upset as the Mavericks missed the playoffs in new superstar duo LuKai’s first-ever stint. However, then came an outstanding series of events that truly made his year exciting.

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Shedding weight to get into the best shape of his life before the FIBA World Cup gave Doncic a whole new perspective. He also got engaged to his longtime girlfriend, Anamaria Goltes, during this time. Then came a disappointing World Cup run where he led Slovenia to a mere 8th position. However, seems like he only took this setback as a learning experience. After the FIBA World Cup run, Doncic returned hungrier than ever to the NBA and took it by storm. Amid the season came two very special moments, the birth of his daughter Gabriella and an unforgettable Texas Rangers championship that he witnessed with none other than his mentor, Dirk Nowitzki.

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Doncic had several other incredible experiences that he may never forget in his life. Entering 2024, the Mavs star has a lot to look forward to and is only hungrier to make his year better. However, seems like 2023 has been extremely kind to the 24-year-old.

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Sachit Kaundinya

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Sachit is an NBA content writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the NBA for several years and is deeply passionate about the sport and it?s strategic aspects. Combining his passion and desire to stay connected with basketball, Sachit pursued a writing career.
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