"Basketball reflects art."
Although a simple sentence, it speaks volumes. The complexity of basketball often transcends the court. Nowadays, the video game industry receives the same adoration as someone who brings a canvas to life with a paintbrush. Dallas artist Tex Moton managed to honor both with a mural dedicated to Luka Doncic.
Deep Ellum represents both the artistic and against-the-grain citizens of Dallas, Texas. Naturally, the mural mixes both attributes of Deep Ellum while staying true to the NBA 2K22 cover which dons the Dallas Mavericks superstar.
Moton is no stranger to spreading his artistry across Dallas. His work includes designing the graffiti-inspired Mavericks jerseys from the 2019-2020 season. In collaboration, graffiti artist Dez Mata aided Moton in his creative masterpiece.
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Moton expressed gratitude for working with the Mavericks, "It's been a cool thing, being a Dallas native, to be so involved with the Mavs' organization.'
Moton continued by magnifying the importance of Doncic appearing on the NBA 2K cover, “But this one is really special to me because it’s the first time that I feel that Dallas icons are getting acknowledged on this scale. So congrats to both Luka and Dirk for making the cover of 2K.”
The mural rests on the Mavs Gaming Hub on the cross street of Malcolm X and Taylor street. Heading into its fourth season, the NBA 2K League team further its affiliation with the Dallas Mavericks in light of the illustrative tribute to Doncic.
With two Dallas murals under his belt, it's evident Doncic entered the realm of city favorite. Heading into a fresh era with a new coach and general manager, the Dallas Mavericks fall into unfamiliar territory.
Over the offseason, the franchise experienced quite the facelift in the front office. Despite the multiple shifts in power, ultimately Doncic remains the catalyst for the Mavericks’ future. Much like the murals, Doncic's vision soars high.