Area where Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic can still improve: 2. Playing off the ball
No player in the league possessed the ball more than Luka last season. His 8.9 minutes a night topped the league with only five players going over eight. Kidd was asked about lessening Doncic’s workload on July 15. See his response below.
"“I think when you look at the numbers, he has the ball a lot, and he is a special player when he does have the ball. As we continue through this summer and this process of getting to know each other, I will throw him some different questions to get his opinion on playing without the ball, not having to bring the ball up every time and start the play, getting him on the second side. When you look at the fourth quarter, he wears down at times. Not all the time, but he can wear down. We have all turned the ball over in an important part of the game, but my job is to put him into a position to be successful.”"
When Luka plays off the ball, he often just stands beyond the 3-point line before coming out to the top of the key to take control again. There is little off-ball movement or screen setting from Doncic. He is just out there.
The 22-year-old superstar could make a massive leap playing off the ball. He could drill some catch and shoot 3-pointers. Luka would do wonders setting screens and freeing teammates for easy looks in other ways.
Taking a step forward when he does not have the ball in his hands could be a massive addition for Luka Doncic. The Dallas Mavericks star can impact the game and save some energy for those clutch moments. Fans know Doncic has the confidence to hit any shot, so adding a bit of extra gas into the tank could make Luka the best clutch player in the league.