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Dallas Mavericks: Why Luka Doncic is the best offensive player in the NBA

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Why Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic is the best offensive player in NBA: 5. Three level scorer

The best offensive player in the league has to be able to score from anywhere on the court. Luka Doncic fits that bill. He leads the NBA in total drives and his 58.2 percent from the field off of them ranks second to Giannis Antetokounmpo among players with at least 500 drives on the season, according to NBA Stats. Doncic has added mid-range counters and improved his 3-point shooting this season to up his game to another level.

Luka attempted a total of 57 mid-range shots last season or less than one per game. He has increased that mark to 132 over his first 49 games in 2020-2021. Doncic has used it to exploit mismatches and create more space to score. He is shooting 50.0 percent on those attempts.

Luka’s biggest improvement has come in his 3-point shooting. The 22-year-old shot 32.1 percent on 1,055 attempts over his first two NBA seasons. He has made 36.4 percent from three this year, but that number may not tell the entire story. Since Feb. 6, Doncic has shot 40.6 percent on 9.2 3-point tries a night over his last 27 games.

No player in the NBA can match his ability to finish inside and shoot from long range on that volume if Luka can maintain his 40-plus percent from beyond the arc. He has produced incredible efficiency at all three levels this season.

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