The Dallas Mavericks are a team on the rise. Yes, they lost arguably their second-best player this summer, but they still have Luka Doncic. The 23-year-old superstar has put up historic numbers in his first four NBA seasons, and he keeps getting better.
Doncic plays his best in the biggest moments. From averaging 32.5 points, 9.3 rebounds, 7.9 assists, and 1.5 steals per game in the NBA playoffs to leading Slovenia to the Olympic semifinals, Luka finds a new level in those games. He had back-to-back 30-point double-doubles as a architected two straight blowout wins to knock out the top-seeded Suns and advance to the conference finals, and this is only the beginning.
Doncic is one of the best shot creators in the NBA. A new metric released back in May that rated him as the best, and Steph Noh of the Sporting News dropped a stat that further proves Luka stands out among the league’s best in terms of shot creation.
Stat proves Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic is the best shot creator in the NBA
Fans can see Noh’s Tweet below. Luka’s name does not appear, but take a hard look at the list.
There are three Mavericks in the top five, which means Dallas creates a lot of wide-open looks. Doncic is the man behind those uncovered attempts. His ability to get inside and draw the defense leaves his teammates wide open. It is why the front office is always trying to put shooting around their 23-year-old superstar.
Noh dropped the players who take the smallest percentage of open shots, and Doncic was first. His 3-point shooting numbers never tell the entire story, and the Mavericks do not have anyone that can set him up for easy looks. Luka takes the most difficult shots. He is an elite 3-point shooter and the best offensive creator in the NBA. Doncic may not get credit for it, but those are facts.
Expect Luka Doncic to be even better next season. He has a busy close to the offseason with two World Cup qualifiers and EuroBasket ahead, which should allow number 77 to be in peak shape for the start of the NBA regular season. A locked-in Luka is impossible to stop, and he should be there from day one this season, so the opposition should be on notice.