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How would the Dallas Mavericks offense look without Luka Doncic?

Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis Luka Doncic Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Kristaps Porzingis Luka Doncic Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Kristaps Porzingis Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images) /

The Dallas Mavericks won six of their 13 games without Luka Doncic this season. How would their offense have looked sans him long-term? Find out here.

Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic has been the catalyst for the team’s improved offense and winning record this season. He has the ability to improve his teammates on the floor and lead Dallas in any situation.

This season, Doncic is averaging 28.7 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 8.7 assists per game. That includes shooting 46.1 percent from the field and 31.8 percent on his 3-point attempts while leading the team with the best offensive rating in the league at 116.7.

The Mavericks offense is centered around ball screens, spacing, and ball movement. Most of Doncic’s points come off drives and stepback 3-pointers, so scoring north of 20 points a game has become second nature to him.

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“Luka, he’s got wisdom beyond his years, because when teams junk up the game, double team him, take the ball out of his hands, he puts his teammates in a great position to make plays and make open shots. He’s very very unselfish in those situations,” head coach Rick Carlisle said after a game against the Portland Trail Blazers on January 18.

Everyone benefits from Doncic’s ability as a playmaker. The 21-year-old does most of his damage in the pick and roll. He either generates a 3-point shot for his teammates or an alley-oop to the rim for the bigs. Luka forces defenses to lock onto him which opens up easy baskets for his teammates.

Doncic’s skillset drives this offense. Hypothetically, what if he didn’t play with the Mavericks this season? How would the team’s offense look like? Let us take a look.

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