Having earned himself a bumper $207m contract Luka Doncic is very much more than a tier two NBA superstar, so much so that it may be worth backing the Slovenian to help the Dallas Mavericks to a first NBA title since 2011.
Doncic has made a demonstrable impact since moving to the American Airlines Center three years ago, picking up the Rookie of the Year award in year one, to a second spot in the Southwest Division before, last season, playing a key role in guiding the Mavericks to their first top spot finish in the division in over a decade.
Currently, you can enjoy very long odds on the Mavericks going deep into the playoff picture, and the latest NBA basketball odds have Dallas at (+3000) to win the Championship and, perhaps more temptingly, (+1400) on a Western Conference title. Both of these bets represent something of a calculated risk that could pay off.
At 22 years of age, Doncic is very much in the infancy of a career that is sure to hit heady heights but he’s already delivering the goods in a big way. Last season he topped his 34.3 points per game average in regular season action with an astounding 40.1 MPG during playoff action.
Mavericks chief Cuban clearly values Doncic highly and sees the former Real Madrid man as a player that new head coach Jason Kidd could build a team around. On giving the youngster his new deal the owner was full or praise;
“I’ve seen when he first came in, the pressure that was on him and the way he dealt with it, how hard he worked. How he recognized that it was always about the team winning and that was what was most important to him. That was always most important to me, whatever we could do to win.”
The sky is genuinely the limit for Doncic and the long-term deal will give him additional confidence ahead of the new season and you should expect to see a continued upward curve from both the player and his team.
Interestingly the Mavericks have looked to boost their roster in recent weeks and have even worked out three NBA veterans, perhaps with a view to adding more experience to the Dallas Mavericks set-up.
The likes of Isaiah Thomas, Lance Stephenson and Monta Ellis have been looked at, and it appears Kidd is looking to bolster his ranks before the new season.
When it comes to the Dallas Mavericks and the betting odds worth chasing, we should also of course mention the fact that Doncic, at (+400), is the big favorite and is handily placed ahead of the likes of Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers), Kevin Durant (Brooklyn Nets), Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks) and Steph Curry (Golden State Warriors).
After a run of four losing seasons, the Mavs have enjoyed back to back winning campaigns and next season promises to be an additional step in the right direction for Doncic and co.