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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
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

Why Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic is the best offensive player in NBA: 2. Step back

Luka’s improved 3-point shooting has been led by his patented step back. Last season, he averaged north of four per game, but the percentage was significantly down from where it was as a rookie. Doncic struggled mightily from long range in the 2019-2020 season and made it a focus area of improvement in the offseason.

The work is paying massive dividends. Luka is shooting 36.4 percent from 3-point range on the season and 36.7 percent on his 196 step back triples. See him add some flavor to this step back three against the Grizzlies from April 14.

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Doncic has locked it in since Feb. 6. He is 50 of 122 on step back 3-pointers or 40.9 percent. The 22-year-old is unstoppable when he is hitting his patented shot. Defenders have no way to guard him. If they shade him hard to the left to stop the step back, Doncic drives for easy scores or creates an open look for a teammate.

Luka has passed James Harden and attempted the most step back 3-pointers in the league this season. Harden, the master of the step back, is shooting 37.6 percent on them in 2020-2021. If Doncic can maintain 40-plus percent down the stretch, he can take over as the league’s step back king.

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