Dallas Mavericks: Luka Doncic is the master of the step back

Tyler Watts
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic puts on a show for fans every night. One of his patented moves is the step back 3-pointer. Learn more here.

The Dallas Mavericks traded up for the draft rights to Luka Doncic in 2018. He had four years of professional experience under his belt in Europe. Still, nobody expected him to be where he is right now. Luka ran away with the Rookie of Year. He came back and was a top-five player in the NBA in year two. Snap. Just like that.

One of Doncic’s patented shot is the step back 3-pointer. The 21-year-old creates that bit of extra space to fire away. Fans love it. It is one of the many things Luka does that gets the American Airlines Center crowd out of their seats.

This season, Luka has connected on 84 of his 238 step back threes. That works out to 35.3 percent or a relatively league-average 3-point percentage. It is made better when considering that Doncic shoots 31.9 percent from 3-point range on the season.

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It is becoming a trend for Luka. During his rookie campaign, he hit 36.5 percent of his 167 step back threes.

Doncic has mastered his step back. He is second in the league to James Harden in frequency. The Rockets star hit 37.3 percent of his 472 step back 3-point attempts this season.

The NBA released a highlight video featuring nothing but Luka Doncic step backs for fans to enjoy. Check it out below.


Luka’s 3-point shooting will be something to keep an eye on when play resumes. He is a more than capable shooter. The fact that his career 3-point percentage sits at 32.2 percent after 126 career games is baffling. Yes, Doncic takes a lot of difficult shots, but it should and will improve.

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Consider that. Imagine when Luka Doncic is hitting 37 percent from 3-point range. He will likely be pushing 30 points per game. Maybe the rebounds and assists numbers jump a bit too. Dallas Mavericks fans are in for a treat with prime Luka.