2. Impact on Luka Doncic
Before the arrival of Irving last season, Doncic was the main offensive threat. The team’s sole focus was creating space for their All-Star by either setting picks or running plays on the top of the key. This strategy forced the opposition's defense to collapse wherever Doncic was headed.
This sort of strategy can work with Irving in the mix. If Dallas continues to prioritize Doncic on the offensive end, it will do one of two things. First, it will create more opportunities for Irving, as defenses are forced to lean toward Doncic. Second, it will give Irving leverage while controlling the ball.
With Doncic at the helm, Irving will be able to drive to the basket and create open opportunities for his teammates.
Back on March 2 against the Philadelphia 76ers, Doncic and Irving both showcased what they can do together. With 9:50 left in the first quarter, Doncic was able to reel in a second defender, leaving Irving open in the corner for a three. A minute later, Dallas was able to use Doncic as a decoy on top of the key. This allowed Irving to steer away from his defender for a basket.
When healthy, both players have the ability to compliment each other's game.