Dallas Mavericks roster breakdown: Luka Doncic
Heading into year three, there were very few detractors left for the Slovenian superstar. Doncic vault himself from future star prospect to a mainstay in the MVP discussion last season. The question going into this season became how many MVPs Doncic would amass and when that string of awards would begin rather than if that was a possibility.
Coming out of the gates this season, Luka appeared a bit sluggish, and there were concerns about his conditioning and inefficiency.
Doncic is starting to play his way back into shape again, especially in the latter half of January where he ended the month averaging 28.3 points, 10.1 rebounds, and 10.3 assists per game with a respectable 47.5 field goal percentage and a 33.0 3-point percentage over that 15 game stretch. He’s now averaging 29.1 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 9.4 assists for the year.
Can Luka take the next step as a leader? While stat-stuffing is fun to watch and satisfying to see in the box score, it hasn’t seemed to have a positive effect in the win column. The Mavs seemed destined to move into the Western Conference powerhouse discussion this year.
Yet, this was a team that had nine wins and the second-worst record in the Western Conference standings just five games ago. If Doncic is unable to will his team into more consistent victories, those detractors will undoubtedly come out of the shadows and accuse his stats of being hollow.
The recent stretch of games has helped his outlook, but it is on Luka to make sure this team stays consistent in those winning ways when they eventually stumble upon stiffer competition.
Regardless, Doncic’s talent is undeniable. Even if they prove to be volume-based, there are a very select few players that can do what he does. A generational player, regardless of the team’s success, Doncic is absolutely a “no-sell under any circumstances” type of player. There’s virtually no haul the Mavs could get in return that can ever justify letting go of a 21-year-old star doing the things Luka Doncic is doing right now.