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Dallas Mavericks: Every way in which Jason Kidd will unlock Luka Doncic

Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks Luka Doncic Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

How Jason Kidd will unlock Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic: 3. More post-ups

Luka is a master at exploiting mismatches. When he gets a big man switched onto him, the 6’7 phenom goes to his step back or drives past for an easy lay-in. If the defense puts a smaller player on Doncic, he bullies them in the post. His addition of a lethal mid-range game last season made the 22-year-old even more effective. Luka brutalized Patrick Beverley in the post during their first-round playoff series with plays like this one.

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Last season, Doncic scored 1.09 points per possession off post-ups, which ranked in the top 17 percent in the league. For reference, he scored 1.01 points per possession as a pick and roll ball-handler and 1.0 on isolation plays.

Luka is a monster in the post, especially with smaller players defending him, but coach Rick Carlisle rarely let him exploit it. He averaged just 1.8 post-ups per game last season and just 1.0 a night during his second NBA season.

Jason Kidd is going to empower Luka Doncic to play to his strengths. The Hall of Famer will put the 22-year-old superstar in the post more and create ways he can make the defense pay. Kidd is going to maximize Luka’s best attributes as he attempts to help the Dallas Mavericks take the next step.

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