The Dallas Mavericks have seen a massive change in their demeanor this season.
Last night, Dallas beat the Chicago Bulls to improve to 4-0. The team knocked down 41.7 percent of their attempted 3-pointers. Forward Grant Williams went 7-9 from the 3-point line, as he tied a career high with 25 points.
Currently, the Mavs are shooting lights out. The team has the fifth-highest 3-point percentage in the league at 40.8 percent with Williams and Josh Green shooting above 44 percent from behind the arc.
All-Star Luka Doncic has also been hot from the three-point line. He has knocked down 48.6 percent of his attempted 3-pointers. Doncic is also shooting 55.6 percent from the field.
Mavericks star Luka Doncic makes massive change that will shock fans
Doncic is averaging a league-high 33.8 points per game. He has also recorded four double-doubles and two triple-doubles during the team's winning streak.
However, one change in his game this season has been his attitude.
Last season, Luka was on the brink of suspension because of picking up too many technical fouls. By March, he had picked up his 16th technical of the season and should have been suspended for one game, but it got rescinded. Questions began to surface about whether the Mavs' guard needed an attitude adjustment.
Eight months later, he has started the 2023-24 season with just one tech.
In past situations, Doncic would be the one player arguing with the referees. However, in the video above, fans can see his maturity. He is seen reeling in Williams and pulling him away from the refs.
On Wednesday, the same situation happened, but with opposite roles. Doncic seemed upset about a no-foul call, but Williams pulled him away and spoke to the refs for him.
Defensively, he has also stepped up his game.
Last season, Doncic did a poor job of playing man-to-man defense. He would fail to race back up the court or leave his man wide open.
This season, he has shown obvious improvement on the defensive side. In two out of four games, Luka has recorded two steals. Against the Bulls, he had two steals and one block.
He has done a great job using his body to stop opponents from driving to the paint. Doncic uses his frame to make players go in the opposite direction and force them to take a difficult shot. He also seems much more engaged.
Luka's maturity and defense have shown how effective he can be when he plays two-way ball and isn't constantly complaining to the referees. These massive changes could be the difference for a player looking to win his first MVP award.
So, just how much better can Luka get? How long will it be before he gets his first technical? Could he become one of Dallas' best defenders?
We'll have you covered with all the latest news on the Dallas Mavericks and Luka Doncic this season, so stay tuned.