Luka Doncic, Real Madrid Beat Kirolbet Baskonia in 2018 ACB Championship

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJune 19, 2018

Real Madrid head coach Pablo Laso gives instructions to Real Madrid's Luka Doncic during their Final Four Euroleague final basketball match between Real Madrid and Fenerbahce in Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, May 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
Darko Vojinovic/Associated Press

Two days before his NBA draft dream comes true, Luka Doncic is a champion.


Doncic had eight points and eight rebounds, including a one-footed off-balance three in crunch time, to help lead Real Madrid to a 96-85 win over Kirolbet Baskonia and capture the ACB championship Tuesday.

Former NBA guard Rudy Fernandez led the way for Real Madrid with 27 points, including six threes.

If this was indeed Doncic's final game in Spain, he exited quietly from an individual perspective. He only attempted a handful of shots and ceded to Fernandez, who knocked down four of his six threes in a sensational first half.

"It was the best season of my career. I want to thank everyone in Real Madrid for helping me. My coaches, my teammates, the medical staff, everyone," Doncic said, per EuroHoops.

Doncic won the Euroleague MVP and Final Four MVP while leading Real Madrid to the championship in what is widely viewed as the second-best basketball league in the world. He is the youngest player to ever accomplish either feat. 

Expected to be a top-five pick in Thursday's NBA draft, Doncic said he's unsure whether he will make the trip to New York. 

"I don't know what will happen. I will talk with my agents and we will make our decision," Doncic said.

ESPN's Jonathan Givony reported Doncic is expected to be in attendance.