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Mavericks star Luka Doncic is becoming the step back king

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

The Dallas Mavericks are trying to build a title contender around superstar Luka Doncic. He is one of the league’s best scorers, and the 22-year-old took it to another level against the LA Clippers in the playoffs last season. Luka is unstoppable and only getting better, but his supporting cast move improve for Dallas to make a postseason run.

Fans are excited to see what the Mavericks superstar added to his game this year. Last season, Doncic improved his jumper and put a deadly mid-range game into his arsenal that features the Dirk Nowitzki one-legged fadeaway. What does Luka add next?

Fans know that Doncic’s step back is his signature shot, but some might not know just how deadly it is for the Mavs superstar. ESPN’s Kirk Goldsberry did a video to explain just that.

Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic is becoming the NBA’s step back king

No player has hit more step back threes over the last three years combined than James Harden, but Luka led the league last season and is quickly coming for the throne. Goldsberry breaks down what makes Doncic’s signature shot so special below.

There were some fantastic stats and tidbits in the clip, including plenty of talk about Luka’s evolution. He is doing a fantastic job of incorporating his step back into the mid-range to make him even more dangerous. Can Doncic shoot over 38 percent from three taking the difficult shots he is forced into? His step back is the key to making that a reality.

What will Luka look like at his peak? It is crazy to think that a player who was voted first-team All-NBA for two straight years is still on the climb. Doncic is already one of the best drivers and finishers around the rim in the league. Expect his jumper to become elite and him to be a threat from anywhere on the floor. Luka Doncic will be king of the step back too, but before he gets there he might just be the face of the NBA, so stay tuned.

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