Why Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic is the best offensive player in NBA: 3. Post ups
Luka has always been a sneaky good post up option. He ranked in the top 30 percent as a rookie by scoring 1.01 points per possession, but on just 1.2 possessions per game. The number dropped to 1.0 a night last season, but the efficiency rose to the top 20 percent. This season, Luka is using it more with increased success. It is up to 1.9 possessions a night, and he is scoring an impressive 1.16 points per, which is in the top 14 percent.
The 22-year-old is using it to punish mismatches. The Celtics attempted to put Kemba Walker on him during this possession, so Doncic posted up and nailed an easy floater over the small defender.https://videos.nba.com/nba/pbp/media/2021/03/31/0022000723/17/5172c3c9-14ca-48e1-1384-9a86a9715b84_1280x720.mp4
Luka has added Dirk Nowitzki’s signature one-legged fadeaway to his arsenal this season. The 6’7 guard has mastered it too. He is 44 of 74 or 59.5 percent on fadeaways this season, per NBA Stats. See him nail a beautiful one against the Sixers below.
Luka Doncic has added a post element to his game that makes guarding him a nightmare, but it is the 22-year-old’s signature shot that makes him unstoppable.
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