The Dallas Mavericks star guard, Luka Doncic has admitted that he didn't care about where he would wind up in the 2018 NBA Draft. Regardless of the location or the market, he stated he was just glad to be selected and to play in the NBA. Doncic made these remarks on The Old Man and the Three, episode 105, which is a podcast hosted by Tommy Alter and JJ Redick, both former NBA players.
On Draft night, the Atlanta Hawks selected Doncic, who was then traded to the Mavericks. He joined the Mavericks and was a teammate of Dirk Nowitzki there. Since then, Doncic has developed into one of the league's top players, being named to four All-Star teams, four All-NBA First Teams, and winning the 2019 Rookie of the Year title.
Redick questioned him about whether he had a preference or expectation regarding where he would be selected in the draft considering that he was expected to go first. “I didn’t care. I didn’t know any cities. I didn’t know which one is good, which one is bad. I just wanted to be in the NBA. That was my dream,” Doncic said.
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In the 2022–23 season, Doncic led the Mavericks to a 50–32 record and the fifth seed in the Western Conference with averages of 32.4 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 8.0 assists per game. With 31 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists in a first-round victory over the Los Angeles Clippers, he also notched his first triple-double of the postseason.
One of the most gifted and versatile players in the game, Doncic is seen to have the makings of a future MVP contender. One of the highest-paid players in NBA history, he also inked a five-year, $207 million supermax agreement with the Mavericks in August 2021.