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New York Knicks head coach David Fizdale did not hold back when evaluating Luka Doncic after Thursday's matchup.
"He will run Dirk [Nowitzki] for the greatest European to ever play this game when all is said and done," Fizdale told reporters after Doncic published a triple-double of 33 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in New York's 106-103 victory.
Doncic seems well on his way to a legendary career after winning Rookie of the Year in his first season by averaging 21.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 6.0 assists. He has been even better at the start of this season and dazzled the crowd at Madison Square Garden on Thursday.
He is only 20 years old but was in complete control throughout the game, constantly finding the open man, attacking the basket when the opportunities presented themselves and releasing a memorable stretch during the final four minutes of the third quarter.
With his team down in seven, Doncic converted one-and-1, made a float, blocked Dennis Smith Jr. and made a triple on three consecutive owners ensuring that the game was bound on its way into the fourth.
It was a reminder of how high his ceiling is, although it is probably a little premature to compare him to Nowitzki.
Nowitzki is a sure Hall of Famer as a champion, 12-time All-NBA selection, league MVP, NBA Finals MVP and 14-time All-Star. His individual brilliance helped us usher in a more internationally driven era in the NBA, and he helped pave the way for players like Doncic to excel at the highest level.
The new Mavericks sensation may come one day, but he has massive shoes to fill if he remembers at Nowitzki level.