Welcome to a personal project of mine: The Dončić Dossier.
Real Madrid guard Luka Dončić promises to be one of the most exciting European draft prospects ever. His play for the Slovenian National Team and for Real Madrid in EuroLeague — the second best basketball league in the world behind the NBA — at age 18 is simply incredible, and it’s a surprise to absolutely no one (or perhaps it is, if you think the NCAA is the greatest league in the world and EuroLeague doesn’t exist/isn’t valid, which is complete bullshit on all fronts) that Dončić is touted to be one of the top overall selections in the 2018 NBA Draft.
Many fans, writers, analysts alike are all already familiar with the top prospects for this upcoming 2018 class in June, DeAndre Ayton and Marvin Bagley for example. They will not only be aware of these players but have watched/are watching/will watch them, and will already have a fair idea of what they’ll bring to the their new teams when they’re drafted in June.
Of course, player breakdowns will still come from analysts and writers in the build up to the draft to help educate those who don’t know these players, or simply didn’t have the time during the college season to watch these guys play (heck, I’m going to be reading/watching those. I don’t have time to watch college basketball nor do I have the accessibility to do, since there’s not a college equivalent of NBA League Pass for college basketball).
But when it comes to European/foreign prospects, people aren’t as familiar. Sure, they know the names and they see highlights, but they don’t know them. The majority of basketball fans aren’t watching the likes of Luka Dončić or Dzanan Musa (who also plays in Europe and projected to go in the first round of the draft) play in the same way people didn’t watch New York Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis play when he was in Europe — they’re just not.
And that’s the objective here with the Dončić Dossier: to educate/show people Luka Dončić throughout his entire EuroLeague season with Real Madrid, highlighting his strengths, weaknesses and other things that stand out from each game so that when the NBA Draft comes around, you’ll know exactly what kind of player Luka Dončić is.
I’ve never undertaken a project like this and my basketball terminology isn’t always going to be perfect (I’m forever a student of the game) so I’m going to get some things wrong in the process — I’m only human and I continue to learn — and that’s OK because perfection is something that simply isn’t attainable.
It’s going to be a wild ride but I’m really looking forward to the challenge, and I hope you’ll join me for the journey…