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Dallas Mavericks: Is Luka Doncic better or worse this season?

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic improved his jumper

The opposition has always respected Luka’s outside shooting, but the numbers were well below-average. He connected on 32.7 percent from 3-point range as a rookie, but that number dropped to 31.6 percent in his second season. Doncic takes a ton of difficult shots including late clock heaves and step backs to get an attempt up. Luka shooting a league-average 3-point percentage makes him impossible to guard.

Fans have been waiting for the improvements, and they have come quickly this season. He was shooting just 27.8 percent through his first 15 games of the season. In the last 16 contests, Luka has connected on 41.7 percent on 7.5 attempts a night.

Doncic is getting more open threes this season, and he is capitalizing on them. His improved jumper shows up in the mid-range as well. He connects on those shots because he has found his stroke.

The Dallas Mavericks are at their best when Luka is initiating the offense. He averages a career-high 9.0 assists per game and has improved his shooting efficiency across the board. Doncic has his jumper to thank for that. Teams have to sell out to slow him down, which creates open looks all over the floor.

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