How Can Luka Doncic Help the Mavericks Get Back on Track?

Published 02/10/2021, 7:30 AM EST
Feb 8, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) reacts after scoring during the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports


Luka Doncic is currently one of the best players in the NBA. The Slovenian performs well on a nightly basis and is tipped to become the face of the NBA as he enters his prime.

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Doncic’s talent and potential are highly touted, and the Dallas Mavericks are looking to build their team around him. But the franchise has endured a tough start to the season.

Luka Doncic playing at an MVP level

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Doncic entered the 2020-21 NBA season as the favorite to win the MVP. And while his numbers line-up with an MVP contender, his performances have not sparked any form for the Mavericks.

Currently, the Mavericks have a disappointing 11-14 record in the NBA, despite Luka’s strong numbers. So the question remains – what can Luka do to turn things around for the Mavs?

Doncic is currently averaging 27 points, 8 rebounds, and 9 assists for the season. However, the Mavericks continue to struggle.

The biggest concern for the Mavericks remains on the defensive end. Luka has not shown the same level of skill and technique on the defensive end as he has on the offensive end. And that needs to change.

Feb 8, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) shoots during the first half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Doncic needs to improve his defensive numbers if the Mavericks are to have a strong playoff chance. He currently averages about a steal a game and doesn’t guard the best player of the opposition team.

For Doncic, one of the biggest criticisms against him is his lack of defensive productivity. If he can improve on the defensive end, it can spark a real run of form for the Mavericks.

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Doncic struggling to help the Mavs

Additionally, Doncic needs to become more productive this season. So far, he is averaging inefficient percentages from the field and from beyond the arc for a player of his caliber. He averages 46% from the field and 31% from the three.

Earlier this season, it was seen that Doncic had a really poor shooting from three this season, something that needs to change for the Mavs.

Finally, Luka needs to start pushing his teammates. Luka is the only member of the Mavs team that is averaging solid numbers.

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Kristaps Porzingis just made his return from knee surgery and will need time to regain his footing. But for the rest of the team, Doncic must hold them more accountable as the leader.

Feb 8, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) makes a pass as Minnesota Timberwolves forward Anthony Edwards (1) defends during the second half at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Can Luka Doncic lead the Mavs to the Playoffs? They currently have the 13th seed in the Western Conference. They are on track to miss the Playoffs unless something changes this year. But with Luka Doncic currently playing some excellent basketball, the team must try to help him put the Mavs in a solid position.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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