Dallas Mavericks: Luka Doncic is improving his conditioning

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic (Photo by Zhong Zhi/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic (Photo by Zhong Zhi/Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic is focused on improving his condition for his second season, and owner Mark Cuban says the results are already showing.

Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic had a historic first season in the NBA.

Fans have heard a plethora of stats describing his uniqueness, but this one puts things in a greater perspective. Luka was one of only three players in the league during the 2018-2019 season to average over 21 points, seven rebounds, 5.9 assists, and one steal per game. Since 2005, only LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, and Doncic have been able to put up that stat line over a full season. The other three are perennial All-Stars, and Luka is just 20 years old.

If there was one knock on Doncic during his first year it was his conditioning. He played right up until draft night with Real Madrid, so the Mavs gave him a well-deserved break during the summer. That may have impacted his game shape especially early last season. The organization and Doncic want to improve that heading into year two.

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Cuban seeing results already

Here is what Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban had to say about Luka during batting practice for Dirk Nowitzki’s Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game on June 6.

Cuban already seeing improvements is positive. The Mavs are still over four months from opening night. Doncic still has plenty of time to keep improving his game and conditioning.

Luka responds

In his trademark fashion, the 20-year-old responded to Cuban’s comments which fans can see below.

Doncic was joking, but he does not need a six-pack. Having the ability to consistently play 35 minutes a night would be a positive for the Mavericks, though. Luka is their best player. It would also allow him to produce a near nightly triple-double too. Doncic’s conditioning is something to monitor leading into his sophomore season.

Final thoughts

Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic wants to improve his conditioning this offseason, and owner Mark Cuban is already seeing positive results.

Expect the 20-year-old to achieve his goal. The Mavs will be relying on him as their lead ball-handler and go-to scorer next season. Luka is ready for that role. He should be an All-Star in 2020 and push for the All-NBA team. Mavericks fans are hoping that Doncic can also lead them back to the postseason.

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