Dallas Mavericks: Luka Doncic is putting in work this summer
By Tyler Watts
Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic showed off a bit of his hard work from this offseason. Improving his condition could be a problem for the rest of the NBA.
Dallas Mavericks point-forward Luka Doncic is coming off a season for the record books. He averaged 21.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 6.0 assists, and 1.1 steals per game. Luka announced his presence as a future star and went on to win Rookie of the Year.
Doncic accomplished it all in just 32.2 minutes per game. He took a needed rest last summer after a long season with Real Madrid that ended just days prior to draft night. Luka was not in the best shape of his life entering his rookie year.
Luka shows off his hard work
That has changed this offseason, though. Doncic is committed to improving his conditioning this summer. Luka posted three photos on his Instagram of him working out on Aug. 8. Mavs fans immediately noticed that Doncic looks to be fit and ready for the NBA grind.
Better shape equals more minutes
Improved conditioning should see Luka Doncic play superstar’s minutes in his second year. He ranked 40th in the league in minutes per game last season. All of the top 20 players in that category played over 34 minutes a night.
Having Luka not get tired late in games and be able to handle additional run would be a problem for the rest of the NBA. Doncic has proven to be a clutch shot-maker. Adding in a bit of extra wind should make him a nightly triple-double threat as well.
The Mavericks will need Luka to handle a bit of extra workload especially early in the season. The team figures to ease Kristaps Porzingis back into NBA action. He has not played since Feb. 2018. Expect the Mavs to give KP some nights off and limit his minutes to start the year. That means they need Doncic to step up and take on a bit more.
It will be interesting to see how Doncic’s offseason work translates to the court. His improvements should have Dallas Mavericks fans pumped for the coming season. Stay tuned to The Smoking Cuban for everything Luka Doncic and the opinions fans need about their favorite squad.