‘Need to Be More Vocal’: Luka Doncic Willing to Take a Bigger Leadership Role for the Dallas Mavericks Next Season

Published 10/01/2021, 4:42 AM EDT
May 6, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) reacts during an interview after the game against the Brooklyn Nets at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports


The Dallas Mavericks are one of those franchises that seem to be on the rise. After a fantastic performance by Luka Doncic, the Mavericks head into the next NBA regular season with promise. Despite getting knocked out by the Los Angeles Clippers, the Mavericks performed remarkably well. With the likes of Doncic and Porzingis, they have a fantastic team blessed with youth and technical ability. However, there seems to be a void in terms of leadership. That’s where ‘Luka Magic’ comes in.

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Luka Doncic wants to be the leader

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Even though potentially they have the best team in terms of young talent, the experience factor remains the key to winning titles. The Warriors had Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson but Andre Iguodala’s experience proved to be the difference. The player came from the bench to provide incredible leadership and helped the Warriors to their NBA titles. Dallas needs a player like that and Doncic fits the bill.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Basketball – Men – Group C – Spain v Slovenia – Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan – August 1, 2021. Luka Doncic of Slovenia in action REUTERS/Brian Snyder

In a recent interview, he spoke about how he wanted to take up the leadership role to help the team win.

“I think leadership you know, you develop it through the years, you know you see, every year he’s gotta be there. I learned from the playoffs, from the Olympics, I had to be a leader. One thing I learned is I need to be more vocal with the team,” said Doncic.

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Doncic is more than a leader

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The astronomical rise of Doncic continues with him putting up some incredible performances. In spite of getting knocked out by the Clippers, his performance during the playoffs was outstanding. Although many pundits suggest he ball hogs all the time, his stats look beyond terrific.

During the playoffs, he averaged 35.7 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 10.3 assists per game. Those are Jordanesque numbers. Apart from that, he had an eFG% of 56.9 which shows the capability that he possesses. His step-back threes are magnificent. The ability to knock down shots, play hard-ball defense, and the nerve to take tough clutch shots separates him from the rest. Thus, Doncic is important for the franchise. Being vocal would help his team to go up a notch and provide that spark for the Mavericks.

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Jun 6, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) moves to the basket against Los Angeles Clippers guard Terance Mann (14) during the second half in game seven of the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

There are talks of Kristaps Porzingis leaving the team but Doncic remains the key man. If the Dallas Mavericks have to win, Luka Doncic would hope to step up and be recognised as a leader.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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