Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has an interesting take on what could improve American basketball.
During an interview with Eurohoops, Cuban was asked about Slovenian rookie Luka Doncic when he revealed that he believes the NBA would be “a thousand times better” if they followed a similar model that European players follow by learning basketball at a young age.
“If we sent our kids to Slovenia to play basketball the league would be 1,000 times better”
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Cuban gave Doncic praise, saying, “He’s calm. He lets the game come to him. The moment’s never too big for him. You never see that in a rookie. Ever.”
When asked how important it is that Doncic had an elite basketball experience outside of the NBA, Cuban explained a theory for Doncic’s success.
“It is important because you’re used to people being older than you but I think he just learned how to play basketball and that’s the biggest gift,” Cuban explained. “When you’re gifted as he is and you actually learn to play the game. If you look at the basketball education of kids starting at 11-years old in Europe and particularly Slovenia which is basketball oriented.
“If we took our best kids and seven years before they are McDonald’s all-American, we sent them over to Slovenia to get an education, the league would be a thousand times better. They just learn how to play basketball while our guys learn how to dunk and put together mixtapes.”
Doncic has made an immediate impact in his first year with the Mavericks, averaging 18.8 points per game with 6.6 rebounds and 4.9 assists through 29 games, all of which he started.
The Mavericks are 15-15 heading into Saturday’s matchup against the Warriors (21-11).