There are just over six weeks until training camp begins for the Dallas Mavericks, but superstar Luka Doncic still has a ways to go before he can lead the team. The 23-year-old is leading his country’s national basketball team as they prepare to defend their EuroBasket title and advance their chances of qualifying for the 2019 World Cup.
Doncic was a huge reason why Slovenia won two World Cup qualifying games this summer. He was away from the national team for a while but just recently came back. On Friday afternoon, Slovenia played Turkey in a friendly to begin training for the next schedule.
At Constantinople, Slovenia prevailed over Turkey 104-103 in overtime, with Doncic displaying his full repertoire of skills. Goran Dragic rescued Slovenia after Luka’s early withdrawal as the Turkish national team staged a miraculous comeback on their own court to force overtime.
An analysis of Doncic’s play and the prospects for the 23-year-old and his national team are provided below.
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Amazing Performance from Luka Doncic leads Slovenia to Victory Over Turkey in Exhibition Match.
Doncic did not squander any time getting into the highlight reel. In the first quarter, he dribbled between the legs of a Turkish player and then blasted a fantastic full-court pass. This is where viewers may go to witness the incredible chain of events.
But Luka wasn’t over yet. In Turkey, he drove full speed at the hoop and showed no signs of slowing down. In the third quarter, Goran Dragic scored easily on a layup set up by another full-court pass from #77. The wonderful dime here is yours to enjoy.
Doncic did not play in the final seven minutes of regulation as Turkey produced a miraculous comeback to send the game to overtime. As Turkey trailed by eight points with less than a minute remaining, Furkan Korkmaz and Alperen Sengun rallied the team to an unlikely comeback.
Goran Dragic rallied Slovenia from a four-point deficit in the final minute of overtime to beat Turkey with Luka on the bench. With less than a minute remaining in the game, Dragic won it with a game-winning step-back 3-pointer. That crazy friendly game you guys just had was a taste of what’s to come.
On Friday against Turkey, Doncic played 27.3 minutes and finished with 23 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists. The 6’7 guard put on a great show again, and he has yet to reach his full potential.
For the World Cup qualifiers at the end of the month and EuroBasket, which begins on September 1, Luka is still getting into top shape. It’s exciting to see the Slovenian national team with number 77 at the helm. Over the following half-month, I guarantee you’ll see many exciting moments and triumphant victories.
On Saturday, Slovenia will take the field once more as they take on Ukraine in a friendly. There is no news yet on whether or not Doncic will appear, but if he does, his fans can count on him to put on a show.
The next six weeks will be exciting for Dallas Mavericks fans. We can expect monster games from Luka Doncic, and the highlights will keep coming.