Dallas Mavericks: 5 takeaways for Luka Doncic from ‘The Last Dance’
By Tyler Watts
1. Trust your teammates
Michael Jordan could put the team on his back and win the game. He tried to do it a bit too often early in his career, though. The GOAT needed to learn to trust in his teammates. To believe they could come through when he needed them most.
That trust paid dividends for Jordan on multiple occasions. John Paxson sank two different monster shots to help the Bulls win titles. The most iconic is his game-winner to clinch the 1993 NBA Finals. Steve Kerr made the clincher in 1997 after the Jazz doubled MJ. Having that belief in his teammates helped them win.
Luka Doncic is still trying to strike that late-game balance. When to takeover versus the moment to trust in someone else. It is one of the reasons the Dallas Mavericks struggled in clutch situations this season.
Once Doncic finds it, the NBA should be on notice. The 21-year-old is on pace to be historically great. The sky remains the limit. Luka could grow into the league’s best player and bring titles to Dallas.
Remember, all he has done is win before coming to the NBA. Doncic took home titles in the EuroLeague, Liga ACB, and EuroBasket while still a teenager. The track record of winning is there. Do not bet against the young star. He signed with Jordan Brand earlier this season. Perhaps someday the comparisons to MJ will come too.