How Luka Doncic's first 41 games of NBA career compares to Warriors stars

How Luka Doncic's first 41 games of NBA career compares to Warriors stars

At this point, we know Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic is good at basketball. Ok fine -- really good at basketball. 

But how does he compare to some of the best in the NBA? Doncic has now played 41 games in the NBA, or half of a full regular season. He's averaging 20 points, 6.7 rebounds and 5 assists while shooting 43.5 percent from the field and 36.8 percent from 3-point range. 

Here's how the 19-year-old stacks up against the first 41 games of Warriors stars Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green before Golden State takes on the Mavs in Dallas

Curry: 13.4 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 4.6 APG, 45.8 FG%, 43.5 3P%

Curry played 80 games (77 starts) as a rookie after the Warriors selected him with the No. 7 pick in the 2009 NBA Draft. He averaged 17.5 points and 5.9 assists per game in his first year as a pro. 

Accolades showed up for Curry right away, too. The sharp-shooter was named First Team All-Rookie, and was named Rookie of the Month three times (January, March and April).

Durant: 19.4 PPG, 4.2 RPG, 2.1 APG, 40.4 FG%, 29.2 3P%

Chosen as the No. 2 pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, Durant was clearly a star right away. He averaged 20.3 points and 4.4 rebounds per game on his way to winning Rookie of the Year. 

Thompson: 8.9 PPG, 1.9 RPG, 1.5 APG, 43.8 FG%, 44.9 3P%

As the No. 11 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, Thompson played in 66 games, but only started 29. He averaged a career-low 12.5 points per game while shooting 41.1 percent from long distance. 

Green: 3.3 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 0.7 APG, 34.8 FG%, 22.2 3P%

Everyone knows how Green went from a second-round pick (No. 35 overall), to eventually the Defensive Player of the Year and a three-time All-Star. But as a rookie, he only started one game, though he did play in 79 contests.

Only Durant truly stacks up with Doncic as a rookie. The 6-foot-7 guard/forward has a much different background than the Warriors quartet, though. He signed professionally with Real Madrid at 13 years old, and in his last season overseas, he won EuroLeague MVP and EuroLeague Final Four MVP. 

After averaging 21.5 points in his first two games against the reigning champs, the Warriors will have to slow down the star rookie if they want to push their win streak to four straight.

Is Jordan Poole-Zendaya date happening? Warriors rookie says he's trying

Is Jordan Poole-Zendaya date happening? Warriors rookie says he's trying

Jordan Poole isn't about to give up on his dream date.

The Warriors rookie shot his shot five days ago, and now he's going to try to get that date with actress and singer Zendaya.

"We're about to see," Poole told NBC Sports Bay Area's Logan Murdock at the House of Highlights camp in Hayward on Saturday.

Earlier this week, Klay Thompson's girlfriend Laura Harrier posted cute photos on Instagram of the couple in London. Zendaya, who is from Oakland, commented on the post.

That's when Poole slid into the comments and tried to score a double date with Zendaya.

Poole's daring ask definitely caught everyone's attention, though it didn't draw a response from Zendaya.

Poole spent a good portion of the week with Klay Thompson in Newport Beach at the Thompson Family Foundation Golf Tournament, but he didn't consult with the All-Star shooting guard on trying to set up the double date.

"Nah, it was a freestyle," Poole said.

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If Poole knows how he's going to lock down the double date, he's not divulging details. He played coy when asked for his plan.

"We'll see," Poole said. "We'll find out."

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Klay Thompson proclaims Warriors' championship dynasty 'far from over'


Klay Thompson proclaims Warriors' championship dynasty 'far from over'

All the national pundits and talking heads have danced on the grave of the Warriors' dynasty.

With Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston gone, and Klay Thompson out for a large portion of the upcoming season after ACL surgery, most believe the Warriors' reign of dominance is over.

But Thompson isn't listening to the noise. The Warriors might be down, but they aren't out.

"The dynasty ain't over," Klay said Friday during the second annual Thompson Family Foundation golf tournament in Newport Beach, Calif. "It's far from over."

After five season atop the NBA mountain, the Warriors no longer are the favorites to win the title, and they will look vastly different this season.

At the beginning of the season, Steph Curry and Draymond Green will be flanked by newcomers D'Angelo Russell and Willie Cauley-Stein. Instead of Durant at the starting small forward spot, Warriors coach Steve Kerr might go with Alfonzo McKinnie.

Super Death Lineup this is not.

Making matters tougher for the Warriors is the improvement of other teams in the Western Conference. The Clippers, Lakers, Jazz and Rockets all made blockbuster moves over the summer, while the Nuggets and Blazers return teams that were top-four playoff seeds in the West last season.

But once Thompson returns in February or March, the Warriors will be able to close games with a lineup of Curry, Thompson, Russell, Green and Kevon Looney, who signed a three-year contract in the offseason.

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As Green said last week, no one will want to face the Warriors in the playoffs. That will be especially true if Thompson is 100 percent in April.

Durant isn't around anymore, but the dynasty isn't dead until Curry, Thompson and Green say it is.