There is no doubt about it, Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic isn’t the face of the Dallas franchise, but he’s on track to be the face of the NBA in the very near future. Think about it. He has all the intangibles to go down as one of the greatest players the league has even seen: His step back shot, Euro crossover and ability to create open opportunities are just some of the things that make him great.
This season, though, he doesn’t seem right causing many fans to wonder,
What is wrong with the Dallas Mavericks’ star, Luka Doncic, and should NBA fans be concerned?
Over the past five games, Doncic has tallied up 134 points, 32 assists, 37 rebounds and 22 turnovers. Besides the obvious mistakes, those are not bad numbers for a star player.
His best game came on November 6th against the Boston Celtics. That night he scored 33 points and hit a game winning three. Against Boston his numbers were vivid, he shot 57 percent from the field and hit half of hit buckets from three .Oh and he made all four of his free throws.
Aside from the November 6 game though, Doncic has not been having a good November. Just two days ago he struggled mightily against the Chicago Bulls. The Mavs star hit 33 percent of hit shots that night and went 1-6 from beyond the arc. Those are far from MVP numbers.
However, he still still averaged a double double and contributed with four steals on the defensive end.
That wasn’t his only questionable game in November. Back on November 3rd, Luka magic was nowhere to be found. Against the San Antonio Spurs the Mavs’ all star hit 40 percent of his shots, went 3-12 from three and missed both of his free throw attempts.
Yet even with an awful performance he still poured in 23 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists.
Contrast his stats in October and his numbers were actually worse.
During the first month of the season, he knocked in 53 shots out of 124 attempts. Not to mention he pitched in 23.8 percent of his threes and contributed with 26 turnovers.
Compare his numbers to previous seasons and his percentages and stats have taken a little dip. Doncic is currently averaging 3 points less than last season and hitting 20 percent less of his shots.
His three point numbers are at an all-time low and his turnover battle continues to be an ongoing issue.
Yet through it all, the two-time all star is currently 12th in points per game, 13th in assist averages and 12th in double double games.
So to answer the question above? Only time will tell if Luka is okay or not.
Honestly every player hits a bump in the road and it’s only a matter of time until Mavs’ fans will be celebrating a successful season from their star player.
Remember when Michael Jordan came back from playing baseball and barely hit 40 percent of his shots during his 17 game slide? Yeah no one mentions his comeback because his previous and later success is what made him into the player we all know.
This is a long season and all Mavs fans can do is hold off and wait for the rest of the season to play out. There is no doubt we will be seeing Doncic in the big game in February and possibly in even more matchups beyond April.
- Published on 11/12/2021 at 13:45 PM
- Last updated at 11/12/2021 at 13:41 PM