Dallas Mavericks player development coach God Shammgod gave high praise for the Mavs’ $207-million man.
In fact, he went as far as to tell CBS Sports’ Ruben Palacios in an exclusive interview that Luka Dončić can be the NBA MVP every single year.
“I believe he has a chance every year to be MVP,” Shammgod said. “Every year, I know he’s going to be a top-five player. He’s such a sponge, it’s like any little thing you give him he takes to the highest level and that’s the best thing about working with him.”
Shammgod is a believer. He’s seen the rise of the Dončić phenomena, and he wants more. From the moment the Mavericks traded for Dončić on draft night, it was seemingly written into the stars. However, no one could have predicted just how fast Dončić would become one of the best players in the league.
By year three, Dončić has a franchise that missed the playoffs for the three straight seasons before his arrival, eyeing a championship run. Championship hopes aren’t lofted on Dončić by accident; his work ethic and consistency brought those hopes on.
But the Dončić sphere of influence doesn’t just stop at his on the court presence. The 22-year-old superstar forces everyone in the organization to be just a little bit better. Shammgod has seen it within himself – Dončić makes him a better coach.
“it’s not just one-sided, I learn from him just as much as he learns from me. I talk to him just as much as he talks to me about how we see the game,” he said. “We have video sessions breaking down film. Then for me to see it first hand is amazing.”
With the improvement Dallas’ young superstar has made every offseason, it’s safe to say that the 2021-22 season might be Dončić’s best yet. And if that is the case, Dallas is in great hands moving forward.
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