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Sacramento Kings coach Dave Joerger does not see a thank you to Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic

DALLAS – Sacramento Kings coach Dave Joerger sees unlimited potential in Dallas Maverick's rookie Luka Doncic, the player picked up immediately after the kings elaborated Marvin Bagley III. "He has many different skills and I think he will be a shooter by a shooter," says Joerger of Doncic before the Kings 120-113 road wins over Mav's on Sunday. "And when that happens, it will make him faster. He's got a good ball action and he knows how to play." "Maybe there was an impression that there was a thank you for him. I do not see it, unfortunately for us. But he is good for them and he is good for our league." Joerger's comments about Doncic were especially eyebrow raise due to the chronic friction between the coach and the king's front office despite Sacramento's encouraging start with a young guard with point guard Aaron Fox, guard guard Buddy Hield and center Willie Cauley-Stein. The Kings are 1 6-13 and tied sixth in the Western Conference positions, which is huge progress for a franchise that has NBA's longest active playoff drought, dating to Sacramento's last winning season 2005-06. Doncic, acquired by Dallas with third overall picking in June after a delay with Atlanta Hawks, is on average 18.2 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game as 19-year-old rookie for 15-13 Mavs . He had 28 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists in Sunday loss for the kings. All-access with the best NBA rookies from before being developed until…

DALLAS – Sacramento Kings coach Dave Joerger sees unlimited potential in Dallas Maverick’s rookie Luka Doncic, the player picked up immediately after the kings elaborated Marvin Bagley III.

“He has many different skills and I think he will be a shooter by a shooter,” says Joerger of Doncic before the Kings 120-113 road wins over Mav’s on Sunday. “And when that happens, it will make him faster. He’s got a good ball action and he knows how to play.”

“Maybe there was an impression that there was a thank you for him. I do not see it, unfortunately for us. But he is good for them and he is good for our league.”

Joerger’s comments about Doncic were especially eyebrow raise due to the chronic friction between the coach and the king’s front office despite Sacramento’s encouraging start with a young guard with point guard Aaron Fox, guard guard Buddy Hield and center Willie Cauley-Stein.

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6-13 and tied sixth in the Western Conference positions, which is huge progress for a franchise that has NBA’s longest active playoff drought, dating to Sacramento’s last winning season 2005-06.

Doncic, acquired by Dallas with third overall picking in June after a delay with Atlanta Hawks, is on average 18.2 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game as 19-year-old rookie for 15-13 Mavs . He had 28 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists in Sunday loss for the kings.

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Bagley, a 19-year power forward / centered selected No. 2 overall by Duke, is on average 12.7 points, 6.1 returns and 1.0 blocks in 23.1 minutes per game outside the king’s bench. He missed the victory over Mavs and will be out for at least 10-14 days because of a legbone in his left knee, but Bagley’s playing time has been a source of conflict between Joerger and King’s front office.

Doncic, the ruling Western Conference Rookie of the Month, said that at one point he was expected to be drafted by Sacramento. He met a Kings contingent in Madrid, where he played professionally the four previous seasons, before the draft.

“They needed a big guy, so it was just a better fit for him,” Doncic said diplomatically about King Drawing Bagley.

When it was suggested that Doncic really did not believe it, a smile broke out on his face.

“I feel I’m very happy to be in Dallas,” said Doncic. “I’m just very happy to be here.”

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