Mavericks: If this is sophomore Luka Doncic, what is his ceiling?
By Tyler Watts
Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic took an incredible leap this season, but will he continue to improve? What is his ceiling? Taking a look here.
The Dallas Mavericks are a team on the rise. Luka Doncic is their engine. The 21-year-old has been incredible in his two NBA seasons. He ran away with the Rookie of the Year by posting numbers that were unheard of for a teenager. It only improved in year two.
Fans immediately noticed Doncic looked slimmer and more prepared for the NBA grind this season. He worked hard to improve his conditioning, so he did not wear down late in the campaign.
The Slovenian prodigy also made a commitment to attacking the basket more. He is taking 48.6 percent of his field goal attempts within ten feet of the basket this season. Luka also found a way to finish at 75.4 percent within three feet which is an elite rate. That is thanks in part to his improved left hand.
The gains have pushed Luka Doncic into the superstar tier. He was a starter in the 2020 All-Star game. Doncic also figures to garner votes for MVP, Most Improved Player, and All-NBA first team this season. 21-year-old’s are not often top ten players in the NBA, but Luka is the exception to the rule. He has been since playing for Real Madrid at age 14.
His incredible improvement has Dallas Mavericks supporters wondering, what is Luka’s ceiling? Can he continue to improve? Will he be the NBA’s best player at some point? Today, we take a look at three areas where Doncic can still grow before determining his ceiling. Let us jump right into it.
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