It was not the toughest test he will face — Luka Doncic made his preseason debut against the Beijing Ducks (the team Stephon Marbury led to titles in China back in the day, but is now led by Justin Hamilton).
But it was the first time we got to see Luka Doncic in a Mavericks uniform — and he looked good. He finished with 16 points including going 3-of-4 from three, 6 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 2 assists. He showed good handles (most of the time) and defensive instincts.
The big takeaway from this is… not much. It’s a preseason game against a Chinese team. But for Dallas fans building up hope around Doncic and what he can mean for the future, plays like this help lay in a foundation.