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

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

One concerning trend about the shooting of Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic

Luka is not getting to the rim in the early going as he has taken just 16 shots from inside the restricted area in his first six games. That accounts for 12.9 percent of his total field goal attempts. Last season, Doncic took 20.9 percent on his shots from inside the restricted, and that number was 30.2 percent when the Mavericks led the league in offensive rating in 2020.

The 22-year-old is trading shots at the rim for ones in the mid-range. His percentage of field attempts inside the paint, but outside the restricted and from the mid-range are career-highs.

The question shifts to why make the change? New head coach’s Jason Kidd scheme could be partially to blame. The Dallas Mavericks do have less floor spacing in the early going as everyone tries to figure out the adjustments. Luka could just be struggling to beat his defender and get all the way to the rim. The answer likely lies somewhere between the two.

Where Luka Doncic’s shots are coming from is something to follow throughout this season. The Mavs need to find ways to get him more attempts inside so he does not have to rely so heavily on his jumper, but doing so is a work-in-progress.

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