When the Dallas Mavericks acquired Luka Doncic on draft night, head coach Rick Carlisle believed the team had a franchise foundation piece to play alongside Dennis Smith Jr. Little did anyone know the Mavs would be getting a 19-year-old kid not afraid to show off his dance moves, too.
At practice, before the Dallas Mavericks play the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China, Doncic broke it down and gave the packed house, especially his teammates, something to laugh at.
So, how would you rate these dance moves from the rookie? It might be a small sample size and such a short video, but let’s just give it a solid six out of 10.
Doncic is just a teenager on a brand new team, and this whole NBA experience is new to him. Add in the fact they are in China, which isn’t exactly next door to his hometown of Ljubljana, Slovenia, and this wasn’t exactly a comfortable situation. Give the kid some credit for at least doing it and having a little rhythm.
He definitely lasted longer than fellow Mavs rookies Jalen Brunson and Kostas Antetokounmpo at NBA China Games Fan Day.
A 6-foot-7 shooting guard who formerly played professional basketball in Spain for Real Madrid, Doncic, the 2018 EuroLeague champion and EuroLeague MVP, was selected No. 3 overall by the Atlanta Hawks in the 2018 NBA Draft before being traded to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for the draft rights to former Oklahoma star point guard Trae Young and a protected first-round pick in 2019.
Obviously, Doncic has a lot of talent and a high ceiling to be drafted at No. 3 overall, and he put it on display during his NBA debut when he dropped 16 points, six rebounds and two assists in a preseason game against the Beijing Ducks.
Not to mention, Doncic is the clear favorite to win the 2019 NBA Rookie of the Year.
Doncic clearly has better moves on the basketball court than the dance floor, but it’s nice to see the rookie treatment in professional sports is alive and well.