Mavericks’ GM Explains Why Luka Doncic Will Make Their Recruitment Simpler

Published 03/28/2021, 12:42 AM EDT
Mar 17, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) and forward Tim Hardaway Jr. (11) celebrates during the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the LA Clippers at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


The Dallas Mavericks are standing at the edge of the eighth seed and could just as easily not be a part of the postseason if they don’t get enough wins. However, their position right now is far better than how they started off the season. In the beginning, forget the top eight, they were hanging by a twig to stay alive in the competitive West. And they have Luka Doncic to thank for this sudden progress.

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In fact, not only is Luka the cornerstone of the franchise that brings them success and keeps them relevant in the league, according to Mavericks’ general manager, he will play a vital role in bringing in more stars to the franchise.

Luka Doncic is the recruiting magnet

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Luka Doncic has established himself as one of the best players in the NBA and is a brand in himself. Recently, GM Donnie Nelson took part in an interview to discuss their new trade acquisitions, JJ Redick and Nicolo Melli. He was also asked to compare building a team around their former franchise player, Dirk Nowitzki, and now, Doncic.

“Man, it’s completely different,” Nelson said. “One guy is an open shot waiting to happen, and the other guy was a shot-taker and a shot-maker. I think, in terms of free agency, who doesn’t want to play with a Jason Kidd? Who doesn’t want to play with a Steve Nash? I think in terms of recruiting, it’s much better to have a ‘true quarterback’ that has the abilities that [Dončić] has.

“It’s ironic that two of the greats… when I saw Luka play for the first time, I’m like, ‘Man, that’s a 6-foot-7 Steve Nash that can shoot it. And this and that and the other thing, but he rebounds like Jason Kidd.’ To have [a player who’s a combination of] two of the greats that were right here in Dallas, it’s going to make our recruiting efforts a lot smoother.”

Mar 17, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Josh Richardson (0) and center Kristaps Porzingis (6) and guard Luka Doncic (77) celebrate during the third quarter against the LA Clippers at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Mavericks looking good enough for the playoffs?

Doncic is close to averaging a triple-double this season. With 28.6 points, 9.1 assists, and 8.3 rebounds, his personal success is only on an upward trajectory. However, their slow start to the season has harmed his chance at the MVP award.

He was suspected to be one of the top prospects for that honor, even before this season began. But now, he isn’t even in the top five candidates.

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That being said, the Dallas Mavericks are holding a 23-21 record. As long as they have Luka, they have will have a shot at making it to the postseason.

Mar 19, 2021; Portland, Oregon, USA; Dallas Mavericks point guard Luka Doncic (77) shoots the ball past Portland Trail Blazers center Enes Kanter (11) during the first half at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Although they are on a two-game losing streak, their next game is against OKC. They will be looking to get back to their winning ways and improve their W tally.

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Read also- Mavericks’ Mark Cuban ‘Can’t Wait to See’ How Luka Doncic Holds His Promise from Last Year

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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