Luka Doncic has set the NBA a light the past two seasons with his points, assists, and rebounds. The only drawback of the Slovenian is his streaky shooting. Despite his sporadic lean spells, he has averaged more than 28 points per game. Doncic has the third-highest average in the league with 8.9 assists per game.
Mavericks Head Coach Rick Carlisle has praised Doncic for his decision-making. “You never play a perfect game in the NBA, so much of it is about managing mistakes but the thing when Luka goes through periods when he’s not scoring is he finds other ways to impact the game,” Carlisle said. “He was rebounding really well during that (cold) stretch, he moved it to some guys for some really good shots. He kept playing the game and that’s what you’ve got to do.”
The great Shaquille O’Neal recently asked the Slovenian about his tendency to draw the opponents before passing the ball to his teammates. He referred to his time in Europe where he was drafted into the first team at Real Madrid at the age of 16. Two years later he led the Madrid Side to the title as well as won EuroLeague MVP and Finals MVP.
“In Europe, the first thing they teach is to post up and passing. That’s the first thing they teach you.” Doncic said. “So you know, I think since Euroleague where the court is smaller, they always a double team and, you know, just learning to play every game like that.”
One of the aspects of his game that has been criticized is his ability to pick up technical fouls. A few days ago, Luka Doncic picked up his 15th technical of the NBA season. “With officials, I wasn’t myself this season,” Doncic said. “I’m complaining way too much and I’ve got to work on that. I’ve got to stay calm and just not talk to them. I’ve got to learn from that.”