Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic was just drafted in the 2018 NBA draft. He has not played a game yet in the regular season. If for some reason he retired right now, would be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame?
Even though Doncic is only 19 years old, there is a strong chance of him ending up in the Hall of Fame. When it comes to making the Basketball Hall of Fame, it is probably the one that non-NBA pros can get into. That is totally unlike baseball and football. The Naismith does not require any NBA experience. Experience outside the NBA can have a ton of leverage for making the case to be inducted.
Players such as Drazen Petrovic and Arvydas Sabonis are examples of two players that were some of the greatest players in Europe. They were solid players in the NBA but their time in the EuroLeague is much more impressive impressive.
Doncic starting playing professional basketball at 16 years old. During his tenure in Europe, Doncic won the EuroLeague MVP, a EuroLeague championship and EuroLeague Final Four MVP. On top of that, he was a 2x EuroLeague Rising Star, All-EuroLeague First Team, 3x La Liga ACB Champion, La Liga ACB MVP, 2x ACB Best Young Player, All-Liga ACB First-Team, 3x ACB All-Young Players team. But wait there’s more. He was also a 2x Spanish King’s Cup winner, FIBA International Cup Champion, EuroBasket Next Generation Tournament Champion and EuroBasket Next Generation Tournament MVP.
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Doncic is going into the league as one of the most accomplished teenagers in NBA history as he has been playing with grown men and achieving all these accomplishments in so little time. Even if Doncic has a mediocre to solid NBA career, his accomplishments alone in the Euroleague should be enough for him to make the Hall of Fame one day.
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