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Mavericks: Should the shooting of Luka Doncic be a concern?

Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
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Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic was off to a slow start last year

Doncic had an incredible third NBA season as he averaged 27.7 points, 8.6 assists, and 8.0 rebounds per game on career-high efficiency before being named first-team All-NBA and finishing sixth in the MVP race. Every player would love to have that season, but here is a stat comparison of his first six games from this year and last.

2020-2021 first 6 games: 24.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, 6.4 assists, 43.2 percent FG, 16.1 percent 3’s

2021-2022 first 6 games: 22.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 7.5 assists, 42.7 percent FG, 23.8 percent 3’s

Luka is scoring a bit less and shooting a touch worse from the field, but his numbers are arguably better this season than last. The 22-year-old got off to a slow start and so did the team in the 2020-2021 season as Doncic admittedly said he was not in the best shape to begin the campaign.

Six games are a tiny sample. Yes, everyone would love Luka to be shooting 50 percent from the field and dropping 30 a night right now, but there should be no panic based on the numbers alone. If he is still struggling 25 games into the season, the conversation may change.

Let us dive further into the numbers to try to pinpoint the cause of Luka Doncic’s shooting struggles.