Dallas Mavericks: Why Luka Doncic struggles to hit threes

Tyler Watts
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /
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Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
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Step back or no

The first retort is always Luka Doncic shoots too many step back threes. Skeptics use it as reasoning as to why his 3-point percentage is low. Normally, NBA players shoot a lower percentage on step back 3-pointers than straight jumpers. Doncic is an exception to that.

This season, Luka has connected on 84 of his 238 step back 3-point attempts according to NBA Stats. That works out to 35.2 percent. The league’s average 3-point percentage was 35.7.

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Doncic shoots better on step backs. He did it as a rookie too. Luka hit 61 out of 167 last year which is 36.5 percent. That is a 405 shot sample during his NBA career with Doncic hitting 35.8 percent on his step back threes. It is worth putting stock in. Only 23 players shot more than 405 3-point attempts this season. It is could also be a reason for him to take more step backs going forward.

Simple math tells us, Luka hit 72 of his 253 3-pointers that were not step backs this season. That works out to about 28.5 percent. Why does the 21-year-old superstar struggle so much to hit those shots? There are a few reasons that help explain it.

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