Dallas Mavericks superstar Luka Doncic is one of the best talents in the NBA since day one. Even though he’s still having a successful season, his numbers are down in contrast with his first three seasons.
Doncic is averaging 25.6 points, 8.0 rebounds and 8.6 assists per game this season, he’s only shooting 44.7-percent from the field and 32.6-percent from three-point range.
He shot career-highs 47.9 percent from the field and 35 percent from deep last season. There were also reports that suggested Luka had shown up to Mavs training camp 30 pounds overweight each of the last two years.
Here is what The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor had to say about Doncic:
“Doncic is a magnificent talent, a no-doubt top-10 player who could not improve a lick from today and still make the Hall of Fame. Luka is a generational talent. But he’s not a generational worker.
Doncic hasn’t improved physically since he was a 19-year-old rookie, and his game has not come far since his second season, when he was fourth in MVP voting. Luka remains an inconsistent 3-point shooter. He hasn’t cut down on turnovers. He’s one of the most inactive players without the ball in his hands. At one point, he advanced on defense, but he’s been worse this season. In a league full of players investing millions of dollars and countless unseen hours into their bodies and skills, does Luka do everything he can?”
Doncic even admitted he got to do better in regards of taking care of his body during the offseason. This is the first year the Slovenian wonderkid faced multiple ankle injuries that kept him out of action.
Dallas, despite all the early-season bumps in the road, is currently 16-17 and just three games of the 4th-seeded Memphis Grizzlies in the loss column.