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Dirk Nowitzki states Luka Doncic has already surpassed him

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Dallas Mavericks Forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) and Dallas Mavericks Guard Luka Doncic (77) joke around before a NBA game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Clippers on February 25, 2019 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

When basketball fans think of the Dallas Mavericks, they likely think of Dirk Nowitzki and Luka Doncic. These two international players have been the focus of all things basketball in that city for the last couple of decades. Even better, these two have never hesitated to praise each other. The most recent comment comes from the 2011 Finals MVP, Dirk. When he sat down with NBA 2K, Dirk stated how Luka is better than his prime years.

“I would say he’s better than me now than I’ve ever been in my prime. That’s how good he is at 22 already.”

Dirk on Luka’s dominance at 22 years old

That should mean a lot coming from the future first-ballot Hall-of-Famer. Dirk Nowitzki put together quite the resume during his time in the NBA. He was 12-time All-NBA, an MVP, NBA champion, and 14-time All-Star. He is showing that he has tremendous admiration for the young star from Slovenia.

However, the admiration is not one-sided. In the Mavericks series against the Clippers, Luka bowed to Dirk, watching in the stands.

DALLAS, TX - APRIL 9: Luka Doncic #77 and Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks talk during the game against the Phoenix Suns on April 9, 2019 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)
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These two Dallas stars only shared the court for one season, and it was during Dirk’s last season. Despite that, these two have maintained a relationship. It became easier for them to stay in touch when Dirk accepted a “special advisor” position for the Mavericks.

If NBA fans are lucky, Luka will have a sustainable and healthy career in this league, just like his veteran mentor. So far, all signs are pointing to that possibility, as Luka averaged 27.7 PPG, 8.6 APG, and 8 RPG in his third year as the point guard for Dallas. A new generation of basketball phenoms is developing, and Doncic is one of the leaders in that group. Even better, he has a historic hooper in his corner.

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