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Dallas Mavericks: 5 areas where Luka Doncic can still improve

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 Spencer Dinwiddie Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Area where Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic can still improve: 4. Post ups

Luka may be the best player in the league right now at breaking down a defense. He hunts mismatches, forces switches, and cooks defenders at every turn. The addition of a beautiful mid-range game, featuring the Dirk Nowitzki-esque one-legged fadeaway, has taken Doncic’s unbelievable offensive game to another level.

The 22-year-old dominates smaller defenders by posting them up. He has a strong back to the basket game and the size to punish most traditional point guards. In Game 4 of their playoff series, he posted up Reggie Jackson before spinning into a one-legged fadeaway.

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During the regular season, Luka scored 1.09 points per possession off post ups, which ranked in the top 20 percent in the league. He only did it 1.8 possessions per game, though. Doncic is one of the best pick and roll ball handlers, but he scored just 1.01 points per possession there. The 22-year-old’s post-up game is deadly.

Doncic needs to find more ways to take advantage of it. The 22-year-old will continue to mix it up and keep the defense guessing. Creating a few more post ups will only improve his efficiency and help him become the best offensive player in the NBA.

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