The Dallas Mavericks have won four of their first six games under a new head coach without getting one of those otherworldly games from superstar Luka Doncic. The 22-year-old does not have a triple-double, and he not scored more than 27 points so far, but something else is causing concern for fans.
After six games, Luka’s numbers are down almost across the board. He is averaging 22.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 7.5 assists, and 1.7 3-pointers made in 34.2 minutes per game, while shooting just 42.7 percent from the field, 23.8 percent on his threes, and 67.9 percent from the foul line. It is a small sample size, but all three percentages would be career-lows if they stuck for the entire 82-game campaign.
Should fans be worried about Luka’s poor shooting to start the 2021-2022 season? Let us take a closer look.
Should the shooting on Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic be a concern?
Luka is far from the only player struggling with his shot to start this season as the NBA switched ball manufactures for the first time in 37 years. Wilson now makes the game used ones, and it appears to be having an impact on shooting.
The NBA is also cracking down on foul calls this season by taking unnatural motions out of the equation. This has caused a few more misses in the early going for all players, including Luka Doncic.
The ball and the foul calls are not going away, but Doncic should adjust to them as the season progresses. Here is an in-depth look at three other factors in play before reaching a verdict on if fans should be worried about Luka Doncic’s shooting.