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‘It's an amazing feeling’: With EuroLeague title secured, is NBA next for Doncic?

Real Madrid's Luka Doncic (7) tries to steal the ball from Kostas Sloukas of Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul during Sunday's EuroLeague Final Four championship game Sunday in Belgrade, Serbia. Real Madrid won the title, and Doncic was named tournament MVP.
Real Madrid's Luka Doncic (7) tries to steal the ball from Kostas Sloukas of Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul during Sunday's EuroLeague Final Four championship game Sunday in Belgrade, Serbia. Real Madrid won the title, and Doncic was named tournament MVP. The Associated Press

If the draft takes form as many analysts expect, the Kings will soon welcome a player who just picked up two MVP awards.

Luka Doncic — who is widely favored to be selected by the Kings with the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft next month — helped lead Real Madrid to the EuroLeague Final Four championship Sunday with an 85-80 victory over Fenerbahce Dogus Istanbul, the former team of Kings guard Bogdan Bogdanovic. The win made Real Madrid the league's first team with 10 titles.

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The teams met in last season's Final Four semifinal, when Bogdanovic led Fenerbahce to an 84-75 win en route to the EuroLeague championship.

Doncic, 19, on Saturday became the youngest player to be named Turkish Airlines EuroLeague MVP. On Sunday, he added the Final Four MVP trophy to his accolades after going for 15 points, three rebounds and a team-high four assists in the victory.

"It's an amazing feeling," Doncic said after the game. "Everyone (talks) about (pressure) ... every time I step on the court, I want to have fun."

The big question now is if Doncic will leave the EuroLeague. He was noncommittal when asked recently, but he was focused on helping Real Madrid win a championship.

With the title secured, Doncic can now decide if having fun on the court means doing so in the NBA.

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