Luka Doncic’s outstanding performance in Tokyo 2020 caps a memorable summer for the basketballer.
Luka Doncic’s Olympic performance demonstrated to the world why he is the next great thing, from a 48-point opening game to helping Slovenia get within one point of the gold medal game.
Luka Doncic made his plans for Slovenia’s first ever Olympic appearance in men’s basketball apparent far ahead of Tokyo 2020 in 2021.
“I’d say gold medal with Slovenia,” the Dallas Mavericks player said without hesitation when asked which he would prefer between an NBA championship and an Olympic medal.
“I’d pick gold medal with Slovenia,” the Dallas Mavericks star said without hesitation.
While the 22-year-old didn’t win a medal in Japan, he did everything he could to make his first Olympic appearance a success.
Slovenia went 4-2 overall in six games, falling just short of an Olympic final following a devastating one-point loss to France in the semi-finals, 90-89.
They were later defeated 107-93 by Australia in the bronze medal game, ending fourth overall in the championship.
As far as Olympic debuts go, the Slovenian’s was unrivalled, averaging over 23 points per game while grabbing 58 rebounds and dishing out 57 assists in six games, including 18 versus France.
Doncic’s 48 points in Slovenia’s first game against Argentina were the third most in the tournament.
His triple-double against France (16 points, 10 rebounds, and 18 assists) was only the third time that feat had ever been accomplished at the Olympics.
Doncic’s dazzling performance at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games further confirmed perceptions that the point guard is the real deal, even if he came up just short of a podium finish.
Slovenia makes an impressive Olympic debut in basketball at Tokyo 2020.
Doncic and his teammates made history with their first-ever Olympic debut, winning all three of their group games before defeating Germany 94-70 to progress to the semi-finals.
After Germany’s victory, Doncic said, “It’s incredible; a country of two million people is in the top four in the world.”
“Just going to the Olympics was a huge accomplishment for us; it was our first time.”
“He doesn’t make many mistakes,” said Spain‘s Marc Gasol after their group loss to Slovenia. “He does a great job of controlling the tempo of the game.”
“He was unbelievable. He was too good, obviously.” Luis Scola of Argentina added after Doncic’s 48-point performance against his team.
After Spain’s group loss to Slovenia, Marc Gasol said, “He doesn’t make many mistakes.” “He performs an excellent job of keeping the game’s tempo under control.”
“He was extraordinary; he was clearly too good.” Argentina’s Luis Scola said after Doncic’s 48-point outburst against his team.
Tokyo2020 Moments with Luka Doncic
Slovenian basketball player Luka Doncic led his team to a fourth-place finish in the Olympic basketball tournament, their inaugural appearance.
With 48 points in their first game against Argentina, Doncic made a significant impact. In the semi-final against France, he had a triple-double, but he was injured in the closing minutes, and Slovenia lost by a point, and then Australia proved too strong in the game for the bronze medal.
What is Luka Doncic’s next step?
Doncic is without a doubt a figure many would like to see back at the Games for Paris 2024, with his clear thirst for Olympic triumph and quality star power, as proven by his fearsome game playing statistics.
The basketball superstar is well situated to improve as a player in the three years between now and Tokyo.
The Dallas Mavericks moved quickly to guarantee Doncic’s future services after his excellent Olympic campaign, signing him to a record supermax contract extension.
Doncic will be under contract with the Mavericks from the start of the 2022-23 season to the end of the 2027 season, according to reports.
“It’s a very great moment,” Doncic told Mavs supporters after signing the richest rookie contract extension in franchise history. “I’m at a loss for words. This is something I never thought would happen to me. I had only ever fantasised about playing in the NBA.”
After earning an all-NBA first, second, or third team twice in his first three seasons in the league, the Slovenian was eligible for the supermax deal.