Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic is a 19-year-old phenom who garners much attention on and off the court. As one of the league’s rising stars, Doncic has a huge platform and recently defended himself over a misquote in the media.
On Friday, Feb. 8, Doncic spoke with Alex Madrid of Eurohoops.net and explained some differences on the offensive end between Europe and the NBA.
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“Here [in the NBA] it’s easier to score compared to Europe, of course,” Doncic said. “In Europe, the court is smaller, and here there is the three seconds rule. I think it’s easier to score here.”
Bleacher Report then reported on Doncic’s quote and posted it on their social media platforms. The problem? Bleacher Report focused on the “[the NBA] is easier to score compared to Europe” part of the quote looking for controversy.
Doncic did not like that Bleacher Report tried putting a spin on his words and replied to the since-deleted tweet.
Doncic is averaging 20.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 5.5 assists per game for Dallas and is the frontunner for Rookie of the Year. Doncic has adjusted to the NBA greatly and has created Luka-mania this season. Doncic saying the NBA is easier to score in is understandable; all 30 NBA teams are averaging over 100 points per game and the league average is 110.6, proving the game has changed to an offensive based game.
Sacramento Kings point guard De’Aaron Fox and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban defended Doncic on twitter and encouraged him to continue to speak his mind.