Is Luka Doncic Worthy of A 10 Year Deal?

Is Luka Worthy of A 10 Year Deal?

As teams started heading into the NBA bubble early in the week, a shocking $500 million dollar plus decade long extension for the Kansas City Chiefs superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes was inked. This got me wondering if there are any young enough superstars in the NBA worthy of a 10-year deal. Sorry, LeBron, I don’t see you playing into your mid 40’s.

Players like Giannis Antetokounmpo and Luka Doncic immediately came to mind as they both have the innate ability to totally turn a franchise around. Take Antetokounmpo, who has been able to turn a team from one of the smallest markets into a legit contender for a disinfected NBA trophy. Seriously, it’s been nearly 50 years since the Milwaukee Bucks were a relevant franchise. Clearly, Antetokounmpo has proved that he is worthy of a decade-long deal.

Then there’s the Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic who in his second year in the NBA has become must-see TV. The vastly improving Doncic was averaging 28.7 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 8.7 assists a game before the season was rudely interrupted by the coronavirus.

Mark Cubans Shark Tank

The stats certainly support a trip to Mark Cubans personal shark tank, but has he truly done enough to have a legit conversation about staying in Dallas for another 10 years?

Conversations like this are not as simple as they may seem because franchises need to factor in things like the players’ durability, a players’ drive and motivation to win, their off-court activities, and their long-term marketability. For Antetokounmpo he clearly checks all the boxes and if the Bucks want to keep him, they might have to break the bank before he heads out west to sign a two-year deal to play in Curry World.

The current trend in the NBA is for superstar players to sign 2 or 3-year deals, not decade long deals. Players appear to prefer short-term contract because it gives them more flexibility and clout inside their organizations. Plus, short-term deals allow players to take advantage of increasing salary caps. Still, it wouldn’t surprise me if a few NBA superstars opt for long-term stability deals and the opportunity to build a dynasty playing for one team.

As for Doncic, the biggest concern I have about him is durability. Look, Doncic plays old school basketball, he only knows how to play fast and hard all the time. That’s why he ends up on the court two to three times a game, just like the Lakers Anthony Davis. While I’m not saying he is injury prone, I am saying that the way he plays tends to equate to getting dinged up every single night.

The MIGHTY Line

If you remove the durability concerns from the equation, then the answer is yes, Doncic is absolutely worthy of a decade-long deal.

Doncic is big, strong, mobile, a really good shooter, a better scorer, and is a triple-double waiting to happen every time he steps on the court. Plus, he makes a few spectacular shots every game which makes him a valuable commodity for late-night sports shows. He also walked into the NBA with the “it factor” on and off the court. The reality is he was ready on day one of his NBA career to conduct an entertaining post-game interview.

Look you don’t have to be a Mavericks fan to want to watch Doncic night in and night out and that really is the true test of whether or not a superstar is worthy of a decade-long deal.

While I understand why Phoenix picked Deandre Ayton with the first pick in the 2018 NBA draft, I still don’t understand why Vlade Divac of the Sacramento Kings passed on Doncic with the second pick. I guess Divac didn’t want a player who could score 28 points, grab 9 rebounds, and generate nearly 9 assists a game muddling up his roster.

Seriously, who other than Vlade Divac wouldn’t want to sign Doncic to a decade-long deal.




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