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Giannis Antetokounmpo Hails Luka Doncic As One Of The Most Talented Guys He Encountered

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Luka Doncic was named a finalist for the Most Improved Player award on Saturday. It won’t be long before he’s a finalist for MVP.

Doncic put on another show Saturday night with 36 points, 14 rebounds and a career-high 19 assists to lead the Dallas Mavericks to a 136-132 overtime win over the league-leading Milwaukee Bucks. The reigning Rookie of the Year was the talk of the NBA bubble, including in the opposing locker room, where he drew high praise from the reigning Most Valuable Player.

“Talented, very talented, one of the most talented players I’ve ever played against,” said Bucks player Giannis Antetokoumpo, the 2019 MVP who has been named a finalist for the award this year. “He ‘s improving the entire team and he’s going to keep getting better. As long as he’s improving his team, they ‘re going to be tough to beat.”

Doncic dazzled all night with electric passes, driving into crowds in the paint only to find somehow an open teammate on the perimeter. Doncic went to Maxi Kleber for a three-point shot between his own legs for his final assist, with around a minute left in overtime.

Dallas coach Rick Carlisle was particularly impressed by Doncic’s last assist.

Luka isn’t just a great basketball player, he’s a great performer. I ‘d pay for watching him play. I’m not saying that about a lot of players, but he’s really exceptional.”

Luka Doncic
Luka Doncic

It seemed like everybody else was making a bigger deal about the transfer than the man himself.

“I don’t know why I did it. I just did it. I didn’t think about it,” Doncic said, who has a season-leading league of 17 triple-doubles, including three in five games during the restart. “I’ve seen it and right in the moment I didn’t think about it.”

Doncic shot 12-of-24 from the field and committed only two turnovers in 42 minutes, spearheading a Mavericks attack that had just six turnovers as a team.

Said Doncic: “I’m feeling fresh and just trying to make the right decision.”

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