Way Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic can get better: 3. Become threat off the ball
Doncic leads the NBA in time of possession and is third in touches. The 22-year-old has the ball in his hands an incredible amount for the second straight season. It has worked. The Mavericks produced a historic offensive rating in 2020 and have been a top ten unit this year when healthy. One thing that will make Luka and the Mavs even more dangerous is him finding ways to score off the ball.
Doncic takes 1.5 catch and shoot field goal attempts per game this season. For context, LeBron James takes 2.3 and Nikola Vucevic leads the NBA with over ten a night. The Mavericks need to add a capable secondary creator to make the most of this, but Doncic not having the ball all the time should keep him fresher. It also allows Dallas to diversify their attack and makes them more difficult to contain.
Luka Doncic does not need to be Stephen Curry off the ball to reach his full potential. The 22-year-old becoming an above-average catch and shoot threat that can score some easy buckets as a cutter or roll man takes his game to another level. Defenses would have more to worry about and have fewer ways to stop the Dallas Mavericks superstar.
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