Just in case you didn't know before 11:40 p.m. central time on Sunday night, now you know: Luka Doncic has officially arrived at the Tokyo Olympics.
The Dallas Mavericks' superstar dazzled in his Olympics debut, leading Slovenia to a resounding 118-100 win over Argentina in the first game of group play while putting up 48 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and three blocks while shooting 18-of-29 from the field and 6-of-14 from deep. It was the most points scored in Olympic play in the last 33 years and tied for the second-most all-time. Slovenia is now 14-0 in competitive games when Doncic plays.
Doncic made his presence known early and often by scoring 31 of his 48 points in the first half alone. Is Doncic the best player in the world right now? His unreal play on this night had the CNBC broadcast announcers pondering that possibility. And after witnessing it, it's hard to argue otherwise.
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Mavs fans in the U.S. who decided to stay up into the early Monday morning hours were not disappointed, as they witnessed some more of that familiar 'Luka Magic' that Doncic has displayed so much of in his first three NBA seasons. The ability of Doncic's Slovenian teammates being able to knock down a decent amount their three-pointers has to be something that the Mavs' reshaped front office is taking notice of with the NBA Draft coming up this Thursday and free agency opening just a few days after that.
The Doncic-Kristaps Porzingis relationship might be something that needs some adjustment as well. Doncic's brilliance has a lot to do with Slovenia's success, but the overall chemistry level of the roster is something that can't be overlooked. Dallas finding that right mix for their own roster will be crucial in the coming weeks.
The next time you can watch Doncic and Slovenia will be on Wednesday night at 11:40 p.m. central time when they take on Japan in the second game of group play.