The Dallas Mavericks moved up in the 2018 NBA Draft to select Luka Doncic. The Slovenian teenager had already won the EuroLeague MVP and led his team to multiple titles, but nobody expected him to take the NBA by storm this quickly. Luka went from Rookie of the Year to MVP candidate before being old enough to legally drink in the United States. It has been an incredible rise that is just beginning.
Doncic has led the Mavs to the playoffs two straight years, but they have been knocked out in the first round by the LA Clippers both times. He is already a top-five player in the NBA, and the 6’7 guard proved it this postseason. Luka averaged 35.7 points, 10.3 assists, and 7.9 rebounds, but it was not often to advance to the second round.
The Mavericks need to improve the roster around Doncic to jump into title contention, but the 22-year-old is far from his peak. Fans saw him add a lethal mid-range game and upgrade his jumper last offseason. Where can Luka still improve his game?
Where can Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic improve his game?
The Mavs hired Hall of Fame point guard Jason Kidd as their head coach after Rick Carlisle resigned. They view him as the perfect candidate to help Luka reach his peak.
Kidd responded to what he liked about Luka and the 22-year-old superstar’s biggest weakness with the following quote during his introductory press conference on July 15.
"“My answer is real short, I love everything. It is not a negative, that he is only 22 years old. For this leadership group that is up here, it is our job to help share our experiences in life that can help him be a better player but also a better person. I don’t know if that is a negative, but just the age because he can do everything else at a very high level. My job is to give him the answers to the test, and his job is to execute that on the floor. He does that at a very high level, not just with the Mavs, but also with his national team. So I think we are all excited about this opportunity to be around him.”"
Luka Doncic is incredible and one of the best players in the NBA right now, but here are five areas he can still improve on.