Luka Doncic is a Slovenian professional basketball player. From 2015 to 2018, he played for the Spanish basketball team Real Madrid. After that, Luca moved to the United States and started playing for the NBA club “Dallas Mavericks”. At the end of the 2018/2019 season, he was named the best rookie of the NBA.
What is Luka Doncic’s net worth?
At the time this article is written, Luka Doncic has a net worth of $25 million.
Luka Doncic was born on February 22, 1999, in Ljubljana, Slovenia. His mother’s name is Miriam Poterbin. In the past, she was a model and dancer and currently owns several beauty salons. Miriam’s husband and Luka’s father is called Sasha Doncic. He is known to have been a basketball player and later a basketball coach.
In 2008, Luka’s family split up. The parents began to live separately, while the boy stayed with his mother. But at the same time, he did not stop communicating with his father and, in fact, followed in his footsteps.
Luka started playing basketball at the age of seven. And when he turned eight, he became a member of the children’s team of the Slovenian club Olimpija. From the very beginning, the coaches, seeing Doncic’s exceptional skills, allowed him to play with older guys. Finally, Doncic had the chance to go through all levels of juniors and always stood out against his peers.
He signed a five-year contract with Real Madrid at the age of only 13. And his first professional match “for adults” took place on April 30, 2015. In this match, he was arguably Real Madrid’s youngest player as at the time he was 16 years, 2 months, and 2 days old.
Luka Doncic soon became known as one of the main basketball talents in Europe, and the Spanish newspaper “Marca” even called him “El Nino Maravilla” (“the wonder boy”).
Between 2015 and 2018 Luka Doncic played for Real Madrid and in that period, he won the EuroLeague championship. Also, in 2018 he was named EuroLeague Final Four MVP and EuroLeague MVP. The same year he was selected for the Liga ACB MVP and the All-EuroLeague First Team.
In 2015 Luka Doncic won the FIBA International Cup championship.
In 2017 he represented Slovenia at the EuroBasket in Turkey and won a gold medal.
In 2018 the basketball player was drafted #3 overall by the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA Draft.
The same year Doncic was selected as an All-Star and traded to Dallas Mavericks where he started playing.
In the 2022-2023 season, Doncic became the third player in NBA history to score over 30 points in the first seven games of a season, after Jack Twyman (1959-1960) and Wilt Chamberlain (1959-1960, 1962-1963).
In the match in which the Dallas Mavericks defeated the Utah Jazz (103-100), the Slovenian scored 33 points, five rebounds, two interceptions, and 11 assists. At only 23 years old, Doncic scored 35, 32, 37, 41, 31, 44, and 33 points in the first seven games of the NBA campaign.
Historic NBA performance
In 2022, the Slovenian Luka Doncic had a colossal performance in the Dallas Mavericks’ victory over the New York Knicks, a game that ended with a score of 126-121 after overtime. The Slovenian finished the game against the Knicks with 60 points, 21 rebounds, and 10 assists, thus becoming the first basketball player in NBA history with 60 points, 21 rebounds, and 10 assists in a game. Only one basketball player had ever achieved a triple-double with 60 points, James Harden.
Doncic led a remarkable Dallas comeback, led by 9 points in the final minute of regulation time. The equalizer came with two seconds left on the clock. Luka went to the free throw line, converted the first, then intentionally missed on an offensive rebound attempt.
The ball finally reached him, and the 115-115 basket had an impressive difficulty, from the fall, blocked by two opponents. In overtime, Luka scored 7 more times and brought victory to his team.
Luka Doncic signed a five-year supermax rookie contract extension with the Dallas Mavericks for $207 million on August 9, 2021. At that time this was the largest guaranteed rookie extension in NBA history.
A Luka Doncic rookie card was bought with $4.6 million by someone in March 2021. This is the largest sum of money ever paid for an NBA player card. The card had Luka’s NBA logo patch from a game-used jersey and his autograph.
Since 2016, the basketball player has been in a relationship with model Anamaria Goltes.
Doncic has a Spitz dog named Hugo.
The athlete speaks several languages – Slovenian, Spanish, English, and Serbian. Actually, he learned Spanish during his stay at Real Madrid.
Luka Doncic himself thinks he has a good voice. In an interview, he said that if he had not been a basketball player, he would have become a singer.