All the hoops are jumped through and Luka Doncic is now officially a Dallas Maverick. Now who is he?
Luka Doncic was born February 28, 1999 in Slovenia’s capital city Ljubljana. His mother Mirjam Poterbin owns a beauty salon in Ljubljana and will be moving to Dallas with Luka, but he insists they’ll be living in different apartments.
Doncic had his first sit down interview with FOX Sports Southwest for their off season episode of Mavericks insider. They put out a bit of it in this clip on Twitter.
When he makes his NBA debut Doncic will be the 10th player from Slovenia to play in the NBA. The only other active Slovenian in the NBA is Goran Dragic. Other notable Slovenian players are Beno Odrih, Rasho Nesterovich, and Sasha Vujacic.
Sasa Doncic, Luka’s father, was a professional basketball player for the Slovenian national team and now works as a coach. Late in his career Sasa played on the Slovenian team with Goran Dragic, who has now played with both Sasa and Luka on the national team.
One of Doncic’s new teammates, Mitch Creek, asked Luka a series of questions with some interesting results.
Mamma Mia is Doncic’s favorite movie, he’d be a singer if he wasn’t a basketball player, and he didn’t know the word shower in English. His English is solid for it being his third language; Doncic’s first language is Slovenian and his second is Spanish (he also has a tattoo in Latin). Fun fact: Slovenia has three official languages: Slovenian, Italian, and Hungarian.
A few more fun facts Luka revealed about himself in an Instagram story Q&A: he likes Fortnite more than NBA 2K, loves In-N-Out (somebody better take him to Whataburger), and he’s a dog person.
In addition to dogs, Luka is also passionate about sports cars. Before the draft Bleacher Report did a feature on Doncic where he mentioned his love of fast cars, as well as his goals for the first five years of his NBA career.
Now you’re all a little more informed on the Mavericks newest Slovenian swing man. The season is only three months away, which should give us all plenty of time to brush up on our Slovenian.
Welcome to Dallas, Luka Doncic: Dobrodošli v dallasu Luka Dončič.