Luka Doncic exclusive on Dallas Mavericks NBA hopes and Olympic Games

Luka Doncic has declared he believes he can lead the Dallas Mavericks to the NBA Championship this year after an impressive showing at the Olympics for Slovenia.

Doncic, 22, is widely regarded as one of the best players in the world, having been compared to the likes of Larry Bird and Magic Johnson.

The NBA off-season has seen the strongest teams in the league improve, with both the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets all making moves.

But Doncic believes that the Milwaukee Bucks' title-winning team from last season is proof that you don't need to be a 'super-team' to win the championship.

He told Daily Star Sport: "Of course [super-teams can be beaten], I think injuries played a big part last year, too.

"But I think they deserved [the title] last year. He [Giannis Antetokounmpo] played amazing and they deserved it.

"But there's a new chance every season. Our goal is always… my goal is always the same as the Mavs'. Winning a championship."

Doncic, a two-time All-Star, recently signed the biggest rookie extension contract in history – taking home a cool £149million over the next five years – but still feels like he's barely scratching the surface of his potential.

He said: "I still feel like I've achieved nothing, so I've got a lot more to do."

Since returning to his home town of Ljubljana, Slovenia, following the Olympics, Doncic has worked with NBA2KFoundations to revamp the courts he played on as a child, and he expressed he wants to continue to give back to the community.

He said: "It's amazing, especially in my home country. Here I want to do a lot of things in Slovenia because Slovenia has given me so much.

"It's amazing, I started designing these comments with 2K information, they helped me out a lot.

"I want to do more after that."

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