When the Mavericks traded up to acquire international star Luka Doncic with the third overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, they made a significant step forward in their rebuild.
Doncic will now join a mixed core that includes second-year point guard Dennis Smith Jr. as well as veterans Wesley Matthews, Harrison Barnes and Dirk Nowitzki.
Although there will undoubtedly be some kind of learning curve for Doncic as he adjusts to the NBA style of play, his accomplishments overseas were wildly impressive for a 19 year old.
Fresh off of a Euroleague MVP honor and championship with Real Madrid, he also led his native Slovenia to the Eurobasket championship in September. That being said, he’s been playing competitive basketball for nearly a year-straight and could be a bit fatigued at the moment.
Despite the fact that the NBA Summer League is a great way for newly-drafted rookies to begin their development, the Mavericks have different plans for Doncic.
“The Mavericks are leaning toward holding No. 3 overall pick Luka Doncic out of the Las Vegas Summer League, team sources told ESPN, as the franchise is prioritizing rest for their prized rookie on the heels of the 19-year-old's long season with Real Madrid,” reported Tim MacMahon of ESPN.
“With Doncic playing competitively for most of the past 10 months, the Mavs believe he would benefit more from a break than from playing in the NBA's summer league,” MacMahon added.
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