Way Dallas Mavericks can improve 3-point shooting: 4. Less Luka heat checks, more in rhythm
Luka Doncic is second on the team in threes attempted but has connected on just 29.4 percent. Fans were hoping to see the 21-year-old superstar make a massive leap in his outside shooting after hitting just 31.6 percent last season, but that has not happened in the team’s first 20 games.
Luka needs to stop taking heat check 3-pointers early in the shot clock. He is nine for 31 this season with 15-plus seconds left on the shot timer when he fires away. Last season, Doncic was just 57 of 181 or 31.5 percent. He struggles with the shot clock running down too.
Luka needs to get his triples in the rhythm of the offense. He was 100 out of 278 with the shot clock between 15 and four seconds last season. Doncic is a willing shooter that is dangerous from the outside. Teams cover him because of it. Luka needs to improve his shot selection to climb out of his early-season 3-point shooting funk.
He may not do it this season, but expect Doncic to make a massive leap in his 3-point shooting at some point. Fans know he can do anything on the court he sets his mind to, and becoming an elite shooter takes his game to another level.
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