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Why LeBron James sees himself in Luka Doncic: "Considered one of my favourite gamers within the NBA"

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LeBron James sees a lot of himself in Luka Doncic.

The Lakers superstar has said this multiple times since Doncic entered the NBA with the Mavericks in 2018. James and Doncic will forever stand on the record books as two of the most formidable teenagers in league history. Of course, 35-year-old James added championships and MVP awards to those impressive early seasons.

Doncic, 21, has plenty of time to reach all of these heights. In the meantime, however, the couple will meet on Christmas Day 2020 and James is compared to a kindred basketball spirit.

"Luka is one of my favorite players in the NBA today," James said on Road Trippin's podcast earlier this month. "The way I play the game is just the way I love the way he plays the game. Team-first gets his guys to, if you challenge me to score I'll score. And at the at the same time I will score a goal but I will involve my boys … I play for the team and I will play with a sense of joy. "

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The comparison game is a dangerous trap that many fall into, but it's easy to see how James and Doncic align. They are both as big as little strikers, but play a lot of point guard and often use the label "point forward". Both had dominant stretches in the NBA before they could legally drink alcohol in the US. Both can get a bucket whenever they want, and still try to consistently try to include their less talented teammates.

James was so in love with Doncic in his first two NBA seasons that the future Hall of Famer wanted to take Doncic to Nike while Doncic was still looking for a shoe store.

"When Luka was going through his (shoe) contract (negotiations), I wanted to start 'Team LeBron' and have Luka as my first signature," James said on Road Trippin's podcast. "I don't even think Luka knows that. But he'll know now. … That's how much I believe in him. I just love what he stands for, on and off the pitch. & # 39; & # 39;

Doncic eventually signed with Nike and the Air Jordan line. However, that probably won't lose James' admiration, which he has summed up much more simply in the past. After a big Doncic game in the 2019-20 season, James posted on his Instagram story that Doncic had a "BAD MOFO !!!!!" is.

Doncic has returned some of the praise, calling James his "idol" several times. In fact, it made Doncic "nervous" when he first met James, although Doncic's stellar game probably got rid of a lot of nerves in his first two NBA seasons.

Pretty soon, the next generation of basketball stars could call Doncic their idol. It is a fitting passing on of the torch, one all-rounder power to another. Based on everything James has said about Doncic, he's certainly glad that one of the next faces of the NBA is so similar to him.

"I love his game, his ability not only to create shots for himself, but you know I love the fact that he can make his teammates look great," James told NBA.com. "That's what I thrive on, I've always believed in, and he just plays the game right."

LeBron James vs. Luka Doncic statistics

Doncic played two years in the NBA in the 2020-21 season. These were his 19 year and 20 year seasons, which comes in handy as James' first two years in the NBA were also his 19 year and 20 year seasons.

Below we've compiled Doncic and James' combined stats for their first two years in the NBA.

player
Years
Games
Field target%
Free throw%
3 points%
3 pointers per game
Rebounds per game
Helps per game
Steals per game
Blocks per game
Points per game
Lebron James
2003-05
159
44.6
75.2
32.6
1.1
6.4
6.6
1.9
0.7
24.1
Luka Doncic
2018-20
133
44.5
73.7
32.1
2.5
8.5
7.3
1
0.3
24.7

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Melinda Martin