The Dallas Mavericks performed below expectations to start the season. Superstar Luka Doncic admittedly was not in peak condition after the abbreviated offseason. The Mavs also dealt with injuries, COVID issues, and underperformance as they won just eight of their first 21 games. Many expected Dallas to compete for homecourt in the Western Conference, but they were 14th after the rocky start.
The Mavs are getting back on track. They have won eight of their last 11 to return to .500. Luka Doncic had an incredible February as he pushed Dallas back into the playoff picture. The 22-year-old was the favorite to win MVP entering the season. He finished fourth in 2020, and everyone expected him to take another step forward.
Luka sat seventh in NBA.com’s latest MVP latter. Is the Mavericks superstar better or worse this season? Let us take a deep dive into that question.
Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic has improved his efficiency this season
Luka took a massive leap in his efficiency last season as it pushed him into the MVP race. The 22-year-old superstar has improved it again in 2021. He is shooting 47.5 percent from the field, 35.1 percent on his threes, and 75.9 percent from the free-throw line, which are all career-highs. Doncic has a career-best 53.7 field goal percentage too.
His rebounding and scoring averages are down, but there is no question Luka Doncic is better this season. Let us take a closer look at three areas where he has expanded his game.
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