A pillar of the Mavericks since his arrival in the NBA, Luka Doncic continues to gain importance in his team’s game. But with the arrival of Jason Kidd, that could change. Hoping that the Slovenian likes the idea.
Announced as a future star upon his arrival in the NBA, Luka Doncic was able to quickly meet expectations. The seasons follow one another for the Dallas player, and his performances are as impressive as ever. A handyman in Texas, he averaged 27.7 points, 8 rebounds and 8.6 assists last season. Unfortunately for him, the collective results are not present.
Twice, the Mavs were eliminated by the Clippers in the West. Doncic is staying in good shape, but the same cannot be said about his teammates. Kristaps Porzingis is directly targeted, he who has struggled so far to be a solid lieutenant. Still, that will change.
Less Luka Doncic for the Mavericks?
Because in Texas, a new coach has arrived: Jason Kidd. This therefore means that changes are to be expected, and we are just starting to have some leads. In its recent article devoted to the former leader, Sports Illustrated was able to discuss the future of the Mavs. One trend emerges: less Doncic in the game.
The coach declares in this interview:
There is a significant level of stress for Doncic in what he does, and we should be looking to relieve it in part. We have a good team with a lot of attacking talent. Kristaps can carry the team for periods. We have other players who can create their own shot. We should be able to help Luka in this direction.
In Dallas, you have to understand that Doncic is like a kind of control tower. As soon as he is present, the ball passes through him in order to launch an attack in the vast, vast majority of cases. His favorite movement? A simple pick-and-roll where he excels in punishing defenses. But with Kidd, that will change.
Of course, the Slovenian will always be of great importance in the game. But he could be used as a screen maker in certain sequences for example. Along the same lines, Porzingis could be tasked with dictating offensive possession, to name but one. An interesting variety, even if we are curious to see the result.
Jason Kidd is starting to tease changes in Dallas for this season, and it’s Luka Doncic who will pay the price. It’s all for the win for him, but will he appreciate this in-game change? We want to see.