Dallas Mavericks: Grading 2019-2020 season of Luka Doncic
Luka Doncic transformed his body after his rookie season. He slimmed down. Luka also made a commitment to attacking the rim more this season. He ditched the mid-range jumpers for shots in close. Luka took 25.2 percent of his attempts within three feet of the basket in 2019-2020. Expand that to ten feet and the percentage jumps to 48.6
Doncic also improved his finishing around the rim. He shot 75.4 percent within three feet of the basket this season. LeBron James only managed to hit 72.8 percent from that distance. James Harden sank just 65.2. Doncic was elite at finishing in close.
The changes allowed his numbers to spike. Luka averaged 28.7 points and 8.7 assists per game. He was sixth in the NBA in scoring and fourth in assists per.
Luka is also one of the best pick and roll ball handlers in the NBA. He produced 13.8 points per game out of it. Doncic scored 1.04 points per possession which ranked in the top ten percent of the league.
The advanced metrics loved him too. Doncic was eighth in offensive win shares and fourth in offensive box score plus-minus. He ranked sixth in ESPN’s offensive real plus-minus.
Offensive grade: A+
This was one of the easiest grades to handout. Luka Doncic was an elite offensive player this season as a 21-year-old. He also led the Dallas Mavericks to the best offensive rating in NBA history. Nobody expected him to be this excellent which easily made the grade an A-plus.
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