Dirk Nowitzki has passed the torch on to Luka Doncic, who, according to Dallas Mavericks legend, is already on his way to surpassing anything he has accomplished with the organization.
In the middle of a week where Nowitzki and Doncic were advertised as cover athletes In different versions of the upcoming “NBA 2K22,” the retired icon topped off his successor as the cornerstone of the Mavs franchise.
“He’s such a special talent and he’s already so good at leading the court at just 21, 22, and his incredible complete game,” Nowitzki said of Doncic. via SLAM. “I’d say he’s better than me now than I’ve been in my prime and that’s how good he is already at 22.”
For Nowitzki to say that Doncic is already better than him when the rising superstar just finished his third season in the NBA is obviously a huge compliment. Nowitzki, of course, was one of the league’s biggest stars throughout a remarkable 21-season career that will ultimately result in a Hall of Fame induction when he becomes eligible in 2023.
A 14-time All-Star, four-time NBA First Team member and NBA MVP in 2007, Nowitzki led the Mavericks to the organization’s only championship in 2011, where he won NBA Finals MVP honors. The presumption is that Doncic is well-positioned to potentially do the same should the pieces fall into place around him in Dallas, not to mention the belief that the 22-year-old will be in the mix to be considered Player Plus. Valuable for years to come.
Regarding his respective cover athlete status for “NBA 2K22”, Doncic is Highlights in the Standard Edition and the Cross Generations Pack, while Nowitzki lands on the cover alongside legendary Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Brooklyn Nets superstar Kevin Durant in an edition of the iconic video game series celebrating the upcoming 75th anniversary of the NBA.
Nowitzki took to Twitter to acknowledge the honor and made sure to make a joke about his inclusion.