Luka Doncic is different.

At 23, he has already claimed three All-NBA first-team selections in four seasons in the NBA. He’s different. So, when ESPN asked 15 NBA coaches, scouts and executives who will be the best player in the NBA in five years, it wasn’t surprising that Doncic finished in the top three in voting.

No. 1 was Giannis Antetokounmpo, who claimed seven votes. Doncic came in second with six votes, and Jayson Tatum came in third with two votes.

An argument can be made that Doncic should have finished first in voting. His resume speaks for itself.

“It’s hard to bet against him,” an East scout said. “There’s some worries about whether he’ll keep up with his conditioning, but I’m not betting on anybody over him in five years.”

Through four seasons, Doncic boasts career averages of 26 points per game, eight assists and 8.5 rebounds. And in the NBA Playoffs, those numbers jump up to 32.5 points, 9.3 rebounds and 7.9 assists.

There is very little Doncic can’t do on the basketball court. Though he was acknowledged as a possible top player in the NBA, NBA executives may be wrong about his standing in the league.

Five years down the line, Doncic may be the best player in the league — easily.

If it’s any consolation, NBA scouts, coaches and executives voted Doncic second to win MVP in the 2022-23 season. He tallied four votes, one behind Antetokounmpo, who amassed five.

The scouts, coaches and executives may be wrong about that one as well.

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