Mikal Bridges Breaks Down How He Guards Luka Doncic- Compares Him To James Harden

Published 03/16/2021, 11:37 AM EDT
Feb 4, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) and Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) in action during the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Golden State Warriors at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports


Luka Doncic is one of the most skilled players in the modern NBA. He draws from his wealth of experience as a professional player in Europe. He has been out-foxing grown men on the basketball court since he was 16 and is now doing the same in the NBA. As a third-year player, Doncic is already one of the best guards in the NBA.

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He is starting to get his plaudits by fellow players and defensive standouts. The latest example comes from Mikal Bridges, who broke down how he guards Doncic in a film review with ESPN. Bridges is one of the bright defenders in the NBA and has shown a keen eye while breaking down Luka’s game.

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“I was picking him up and making the other guys beat us. Show hands with him because he’s real crafty. He knows how to, like Harden in a way, where he knows how to get a foul and just finding the time to reach in. I don’t think I really reached the first half and then once a guy gets comfortable knowing the other guy won’t reach, they’ll be more comfortable and let the ball, loosen their hands, and then I’ll read the reaction.”

Luka Doncic: Could he be unguardable?

Luka Doncic and his play-style are incredibly difficult to figure out. Most defenders use the approach of waiting for him to shoot and hoping he misses. However, that is the issue. Doncic is yet to become a very efficient scorer.

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Feb 4, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) in action during the game between the Dallas Mavericks and the Golden State Warriors at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

His three-point shooting has volume to it, but isn’t nearly as efficient as that of other top guards. However, Luka with the ball is one of the scariest players in the NBA. He may be slower than others, but he controls the tempo of the game and makes everyone play at his pace. He is a triple-double machine and has incredible vision on the court.

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The challenge of guarding Doncic is something we have seen many top defenders figure out. However, those strategies don’t last consistently, as Doncic always has new moves to show off. Like Mikal Bridges said, he is kind of like James Harden that way.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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