Luka Doni, born on February 28, 1999, is a Slovenian NBA basketball player currently playing for the Dallas Mavericks (NBA). The Slovenian national team counts on him as a player.
Doni was a star at Union Olimpija as a youngster before moving on to the Real Madrid youth program. At the tender age of 16, he made his debut for the academy’s first squad in 2015, setting a new record for the club’s youngest player. In 2018, he guided Madrid to the EuroLeague championship and was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player and Most Valuable Player of the Final Four.
Doni earned the EuroLeague Rising Star Award and the ACB Best Young Player Award in back-to-back seasons. It was announced that he would be joining the 2010s EuroLeague All-Decade Team.
On August 28, the Dallas Mavericks saw the Slovenian National Team get defeated 90-71 by Germany in World Cup qualifying. Only the third time in Luka Doncic’s career has Slovenia lost with him in the starting lineup, and never before have they lost with both Doncic and Goran Dragic in the lineup at the same time.
On Sunday, Slovenia’s offense was completely stuck. Despite a promising start that saw them score 20 points and take a three-point lead in the first ten minutes, things quickly unraveled for them. Germany was outworking Luka Doncic and the rest of the Mavericks, winning the battle for offensive rebounds, and ultimately pulling off the upset.
With the remaining four World Cup qualifiers taking place during the NBA season, Slovenia’s chances of making next summer’s tournament are dwindling after their third setback. If Slovenia wants to qualify for the World Cup, they’ll need to win without Luka. Take a look at how Doncic played and what’s in store for him after Sunday’s loss to Germany.
Slovenia and Luka Doncic struggle while Germany cruises in their World Cup qualifier. Despite Luka’s 11 points and impressive playmaking in the first quarter, Slovenia fell behind by two points at the half due to poor shooting and rebounding. Germany grabbed 14 offensive rebounds in the first half, and the Americans shot just 36.3% in the opening period.
The situation deteriorated for Slovenia in the third quarter, when they managed only 15 points and Germany increased their lead to 15 points. Doncic scored 17 points, grabbed five boards, and dished out five assists, but his team lacked intensity and struggled to make open jumpers.
Slovenia made a valiant effort to make a comeback in the third, but Germany maintained a comfortable lead thanks to the play of Dennis Schroder. The Germans won an unexpected game thanks to the veteran point guard’s 17 points and 10 assists.
Luka Doncic scored 23 points against Germany, adding 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 turnovers to his stat line. To put it another way, he shot 7/16 from the field and 6/11 from the charity stripe. His team had a bad night, shooting 41% from the field and 7% from deep (Slovenia).
Dirk Nowitzki will likely make fun of Luka Doncic’s loss to his native nation in an effort to cheer up Mavericks fans. On Sunday, Germany was the superior team, but the supporters won’t have to wait long for a rematch.
The Slovenian national team didn’t really care about the outcome of this match. Their inability to score and their rebounding disadvantage (56 to 27) ultimately proved fatal. Doncic and the rest of his teammates will improve their play in the EuroBasket. You may be sure that this defeat will serve as fuel for their title defense.
The Slovenian National Team, including Luka Doncic, has officially qualified for EuroBasket. The 23-year-old will try to assist his team recover from their disappointing start on September 1 when they face a formidable Lithuanian team led by Domantas Sabonis and Jonas Valanciunas. In addition to Germany and France, Slovenia is in a tough group. Watch this space to see if Luka can maintain his reign.
Dončić stated that he would represent the senior men’s Slovenian national team for the rest of his career. He had previously been associated with various other national teams, including Serbia and Spain. His national team roommate became Goran Dragić, whom he met at age seven and has been described as his mentor and friend.
Dončić was a Slovenian squad member for EuroBasket 2017, where his country earned its first gold medal after going undefeated (9–0) in the competition.
In Slovenia’s 103–97 triumph over Latvia in the quarter-finals, he scored 27 points and collected 9 rebounds.  He produced 11 points, 12 rebounds, and 8 assists, in the 92–72 semi-final win over Spain. In the final, Slovenia won by a score of 93–85 over Serbia.
He had 8 points and 7 rebounds, before falling out of the game, owing to an injury, in the game’s third quarter. Dončić was also named to the competition’s All-Tournament Team, joining teammate Goran Dragić, who was voted the EuroBasket MVP.
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