It’s hard to know what the NBA will look like a decade from now. Will the Chicago Bulls Hall-of-Famer Michael Jordan still be considered the GOAT?
As part of the “FanSided 2030 Project” put together to figure out hypothetically what some of the top professional and college sports leagues could be like 10 years from now, the GOAT debate is still something that is a main topic at hand. The Chicago Bulls legendary shooting guard Michael Jordan and Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James are firmly involved in this discussion too.
But another emerging superstar around the NBA also becomes a key part of the GOAT debate too in this part of the FanSided 2030 projections. Dallas Mavericks now 21-year-old Slovenian point guard Luka Doncic is already looking like one of the top stars around the NBA, and FanSided 2030 thinks that he could lead his team to multiple titles throughout the 2020’s.
Weirder has happened each year in the NBA.
It is quite a bold projection to think that Doncic is going to have Jordan and LeBron “move over” in the GOAT debate. Here’s more on what this part of the FanSided 2030 Project had to say about the GOAT debate a decade from now.
He’s won seven MVP awards, surpassing MJ, LeBron and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the most in NBA history. He’s won four Finals MVPs, one for every time he’s won a title. He’s made the All-Star Game and All-NBA First Team every year since his second season (that’s 11 of each, for the record), led the league in scoring five times and led the league in assists five times. Throw in three All-Star Game MVPs, six seasons averaging a triple-double and a triple-double average over the last decade, and there’s no question Doncic is something the sport has never seen before.
That, of course, is in addition to guiding the Dallas Mavericks to four championships, the league’s best offense a staggering six times and legitimate dynasty status over the last 10 seasons.
The scary thing is, he’s still only 31 years old, with several years left in his prime to build on a decade of dominance.
No one in the modern era of the NBA has won seven MVP’s. But the FanSided 2030 Project thinks that will end in the 2020’s, with Doncic winning well over half of the MVP honors in the next decade. FanSided also projects Luka and Kristaps Porzingis, along with the addition of Washington Wizards star shooting guard Bradley Beal, to lead the team to four NBA Championships in the 2020’s.
If all of these accolades were to become the case for Doncic, then he could very legitimately join the GOAT debate with Jordan and LeBron. This would all assume that the Mavs are able to hold together their current young core and build from there.
Jordan got five MVP’s, six NBA Finals MVP’s, 14 All-Star selections, and won 10 scoring titles during his lengthy and accomplished career. LeBron is now at four titles, 16 All-Star selections, four MVP’s, and four Finals MVP’s.
In the very early stages of his career now, Doncic sits with one All-Star selection, one All-NBA Team nod, and he got the 2018-19 Rookie of the Year honors.