Without a doubt, Luka Doncic is one of the best players in the NBA. And even with very average Dallas Mavericks (10 wins and 10 losses), the Slovenian stands out as one of the serious candidates for the title of MVP.
However, with the difficulties of the Texans, the 23-year-old talent does not escape debate. In particular for his game, which vampirizes the ball enormously. But does he really have a strong enough team around him to play differently? A divisive question.
In the meantime, Doncic continues to panic the counters. Outstanding performance time after time. Unmarked XXL copies for the native of Ljubljana, who is however the only one to evolve at such a level.
Luka Doncic panics the counters
To help the Mavs bring down the Golden State Warriors (116-113) last night, Doncic compiled: 41 points, 12 assists and 12 rebounds. A huge triple-double at over 40 points. This season, the former Madrid player has already performed such a performance three times.
Any other NBA players? 0. That is to say the domination of the Texas leader. Are his stats « boosted » by an omnipotent style à la « James Harden » ? Very probably. And at the same time, he never hid that the bearded Houston Rockets version was one of his role models.
But the problems encountered by the Mavs and his style (which can divide) should not minimize his performances. Because they remain staggering, even on the scale of an NBA where numbers regularly make history.
« It’s getting boring. I mean, I want to see something different. Maybe he can do it with his left hand… Just kidding. Look, he’s one of the best in the world , and that’s what he does. Some of us may take him for granted. This man is special, » his coach replied. Jason Kidd.
Moreover, with this 5th career triple-double with more than 40 points, Doncic is gradually starting to make a place for itself in the history of the League. In this area, we only find in front of him 4 men: oscar robertson, Russell Westbrook, LeBron James and of course Harden.
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Alone in the world ?
On this meeting, Doncic again proved his ability to take matters into his own hands. Because if the critics on his game can agree, impossible to blame him for a lack of impact. The Slovenian doesn’t do stats just to do stats.
Nor can it be blamed for disappearing in hot moments. Or in the Playoffs (the comparison with another player would be purely coincidental). A trend that allows Dallas to believe in a bright future under his leadership.
In any case, like the speech of Stephen CurryDoncic embodies an almost impossible problem for his opponents to solve.
« His size and his ability to handle the ball keep you on your toes throughout the game. If you add to that the fact that he is a scorer at all levels, you have to worry about everything.
Then, his vision of the field is obviously unreal. It’s an offensive package, both a leader and a scorer, when he takes his shots like tonight, it’s difficult. You are trying to take a solution away from him, but he can adapt action after action“, judged the boss of the Warriors.
As it is, despite crazy individual performances, Doncic does not allow Dallas to play in the big leagues. Is it partly responsible for this situation by monopolizing the inflation? Most likely.
Could he adapt by giving up the ball to some of his teammates at creation? Definitely. Would the Texans suddenly be candidates for the title? No. He lacks a real lieutenant to support him. In any case, the salvation of the Mavs will come from Luka Doncic.
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