Thing for Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic to work on this offseason: 5. Jumper
Luka’s jump shot keeps improving. He connected on just 32.1 percent from long range in his first two years before being 35.0 percent in his third season and 35.3 percent this year. That does not tell the entire story as Doncic takes plenty of late shot clock and last-second heaves. Luka is an above-league-average shooter, but there is room to grow.
He shot just 31.8 percent on his 299 3-point attempts that were not classified as step-backs by NBA Stats. Doncic does not get many catch-and-shoot opportunities, so these are mostly difficult pull-ups with defenders crowding. Luka needs to make more or shoot fewer of these shots. He could be a 37 percent 3-point shooter if he gets his non-step backs up to 35 percent.
The Mavericks superstar has a beautiful shooting stroke and the ability to sink more triples. He just needs to lock in and make the shots.
Luka has become the NBA’s step-back king as he shot 39.6 percent on his 270 attempts this season. This is the easiest way for Doncic to create space on his jumpers, and he should consider taking a few more step-backs and fewer straight pull-ups.
Luka Doncic is also working to add a new wrinkle here that could take his game to another level.