The Dallas Mavericks are going through a purple patch this season and most of the credit goes to their talisman Luka Doncic who has been brilliant for them. The others have also played their roles and have helped Doncic to take the team where they are currently. But there has to be a special mention for the Slovenian for his exploits.
Doncic has been regarded as one of the future stars of the NBA ever since his rookie season. He averaged a mammoth 21.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 6.0 assists in the 2018/19 season and his numbers also only went up in the last few years.
The Slovenian is currently the fifth-highest scorer in the NBA with 24 PPG this season. Recently former Mavericks Dennis Scott also hailed the youngster. He said, “We always talk about our great players in our league. They make everyone better around them. That’s why he’s come into the league in the short couple of years and has become special.”
“There’s no way you give someone of that calibre two or three drills to get to the paint without collapsing and getting the ball out of his hands,” he added.
The Mavericks were touted to be competing for the top spot in the Western Conference ahead of this season. But they started slowly off the blocks and only started performing well in recent matches. Still, Doncic kept performing and his presence automatically elevated the entire team.
“So it’s one of these things now, his teammates, understand him. When they move well, he sees you, you get open shots,” Scott said about Doncic’s selfless ability.
“So now it’s about Rick Carlisle getting his team to play half-court defense we know they can play,” he mentioned.
Dennis Scott has played in the NBA for ten years and therefore the praise coming from him is a big thing for the 22-year-old. He also pointed out how Doncic had some inefficiency with his shooting at the start of the season and how he rectified that as the season progressed.
The Mavericks are currently seventh in the Western Conference but would surely want to go up the rankings with more consistent attacking performances.