The wonder boy who has sent the basketball world into frenzy
With his versatility, creativity and brilliant play, Luka, nicknamed "the Wonder Boy", has won the hearts of basketball fans all across the globe.
He has shown exceptional talent and love for basketball from a very early age. A basketball was the first thing on his birthday list since he was little. Although he has tried other sports, his first love remains basketball, at which he has always excelled.
In his early teens, he tasted the joy of playing on the European stage and was hailed by experts as one of the greatest talents in Slovenia and Europe. At 13 years of age, Luka wore the jersey of Spanish giant Real Madrid, with whom he became a European club champion in the 2017/2018 season when he was voted EuroLeague's most valuable player. At the 2018 NBA draft, the Atlanta Hawks selected Dončić as their third overall pick and then traded him to the Dallas Mavericks; Dončić thus became the highest ranking Slovenian in the history of the NBA draft.
Alongside Luka Dončić another Slovenian basketball player, Goran Dragić, wearing the jersey of Eastern Conference club Milwaukee Bucks, has been thrilling basketball fans in the NBA in recent years. In the 2017/18 season he was the first Slovenian to play his way into the NBA All-Star Game. Although Goran and Luka would be rivals in the All-Star Game, they are good acquaintances and friends. In the Slovenian national team jersey the two basketball players celebrated together the Eurobasket championship title in 2017 and were selected among the tournament’s best five players for the all-tournament team. Dragič was also voted Eurobasket MVP. They joined forces yet again at the EuroBasket 2022 and led Slovenia among the top eight basketball teams in Europe.
Luka developed his love of basketball right from the cradle
Luka inherited basketball genes from his father Saša Dončić, a former Slovenian basketball player and coach, and is also strongly supported by his mother Mirjam Poterbin, who has stood by his side ever since he started playing basketball. One of Luka's most ardent fans is his girlfriend Anamarija Goltes, established in her own field as a fashion and photo model.