Luka Doncic lives a historic season. Yet another in his three-year NBA career. The Mavericks point guard is a triple-doubles machine and has already beaten Michael Jordan on that stat. He averages 27.4 points, 9.2 rebounds and 9.4 assists. Figures for aspiring MVP. However, beneath those staggering digits lies a significant blur.
In the NBA, nobody shoots so many 3-pointers with a worse percentage than the Slovenian player. He is the twenty-fifth highest pitcher, with 7.2 per game, but he is ranked 158th in percentage with a lousy 29.4%. There are only eight players with a worse record. Among them is Giannis Antetokounmpo, who is averaging 28.0%. The forward for the Bucks Greeks has already shown that he can be MVP despite lacking shooting from the perimeter.
Luka Doncic is at three-point lows throughout his NBA career. In his first season he averaged 32.7%, in the second 31.6% and in the current one he does not exceed 30%. In his career at Madrid, between the Endesa League and the Euroleague, only in the domestic competition of the 17-18 season, his last as a Madrid player, he fell below that barrier: 29.3%.
The efforts of the Mavericks prodigy are not serving a team punished by NBA health protocols regarding COVID-19. During some games they have had five important rotation players and a Kristaps Porzingis who does not finish reaching physical fullness after his injury. Dallas is on its worst streak of the season with five straight losses and eight in the last 10 meetings. The Texan team, which was 6-4, is now the second-to-last in the Western Conference at 8-12.
In spite of everything, the sensations after losing to the Suns were different from the last loss to the Jazz, when Luka Doncic assured “never having had this feeling. It seems that we do not care.” At the end of the match against Phoenix, the point guard assured the effort had been “great. I think we had a bit of bad luck. We again had like five to six open shots that did not go in. We have to work on that, but I’m very proud how we react with our effort. “
Coach Rick Carlisle was equally “delighted with our attitude towards the game. I am really sad for the team. We are on the cusp of the difficulty of our schedule and it is important that we stay in the fight, we continue playing as we did this night. We have to stop the tide. It is a very difficult time, but we are going to stay and we are going to keep fighting. “
JJ Redick not yet in Dallas: “He should take his time”
The Dallas Mavericks grabbed a small deal with New Orleans JJ Redick. The sniper is injured, however, it remains unclear when the veteran can intervene.
As the Mavs announced, JJ Redick is not yet with the team, but is doing his rehab individually after Redick received conservative treatment on the heel after the All-Star Break.
Dallas had acquired the 36-year-old as a package with ex-Bamberg’s Nicolo Melli from New Orleans, in return the forwards James Johnson and Wesley Iwundu as well as a second round pick and some cash in the Big Easy changed.
“We want to make sure the heel is at 100 percent,” said Mavs GM Donnie Nelson. “He should take his time and if he feels comfortable, he can come to Dallas and be integrated.” Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said the heel was making progress but he didn’t know when Redick would join the team.
Dallas sees JJ Redick as an important piece of the puzzle for the playoffs. The Shooting Guard has played more playoff games (110) than the rest of the Mavs roster. Over the season, Redick posted an average of 8.7 points with a three-way quota of around 36 percent.
However, the trade came as a bit of a surprise, with many anticipating a buyout from Redick. The Brooklyn Nets would have been the favorite, also because the Shooting Guard lives with his family in Brooklyn.
“He would have liked to have chosen his team himself, but it didn’t turn out that way,” said Nelson. “He told me that Luka (Doncic, editor’s note) was one of his favorite players and Luka has already written with him. Dirk (Nowitzki, editor’s note) has already done that too. I think that JJ is happy to be in Dallas. “
The Mavericks value the option of putting Porzingis on the market
The pair formed by Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis could soon be broken by the departure of the Latvian player’s Mavericks. The franchise is willing to put the pivot on the market to try to strengthen its staff. Those from Dallas are very active and the former Sevilla player is one of the most valuable pieces they have. However, the great friendship between the two stars of the team could make the operation difficult.
As reported by Bleacher Report, the Mavericks are considering that option as they have begun to consider whether the 25-year-old, 2.21-meter center can really support Doncic as the second option in a team that aspires to the ring. For now, the team is ninth in the Western Conference with a record of 14-15.
Already in summer they put the poster available “to all the players who were not named Luka,” said a person with knowledge of Dallas’ intentions. Then there was speculation with the arrival of Bradley Beal and Rudy Gobert, but ultimately there were no big moves in Dallas. Now, it seems that there are urgencies to strengthen the team.
In Dallas Mavericks they have doubts about Porzingis defensive ability and, above all, they distrust his constant physical problems, although they have not prevented him from averaging 20.5 points and 8.2 rebounds in the 17 games he has played so far this season after his return from meniscus surgery that postponed its premiere this year until January.
Luka Doncic, the only NBA among the 100 most influential people in the world
Luka Doncic has made it clear that he is going to be one of the great dominators of the NBA for years to come. He only remains to know where the ceiling of him that is impossible to glimpse today will be located. But he has also shown that his personality is a player capable of enormously influencing society. And that is what the prestigious Time magazine has valued by including him in the select club of the 100 most influential people in the world in the short-term future.
Time has released a list of 100 personalities who, according to them, will be the true ‘influencers’ in the very near future, dividing the choice into artists, phenomena, leaders, advocates and innovators. Doncic is included among the phenomena (although he could be in any group), due to the explosion of his image in the NBA that like a gigantic shock wave has reached every corner of the planet.
Luka Doncic is not the only athlete among the 100 chosen, but he is the only player in the NBA, which may give an idea, not just of what the Slovenian has achieved, but of what he still has to achieve. For many, he will be the image of the League shortly. The Mavs player shares honor among the 100 most influential with other promises / realities of world sport such as athlete Sydney McLaughlin, Manchester United soccer player Marcus Rashford, WNBA player Renee Montgomery or quarterback Trevor Lawrence of which They say it will be number 1 in the next NFL Draft.
Of course, the list is full of politicians, community leaders, personalities from economics, science, medicine, or from the business world. People who, according to Time, will create a trend in a short time, if they are not already doing it, and will be the ones who in some way set the pace of our society. And among them, Doncic stands out.
To celebrate the list of the 100 most influential in the world in the future, Time also published a text for each protagonist written by a celebrity. So about McLaughlin, for example, wrote Allyson Felix, by Rashford Lewis Hamilton, and in the case of other categories, by Charli D’Amelio Jennifer Lopez, by Ana de Armas, the only Spanish personality on the list, Jamie Lee Curtis or Luke Combs Garth Brooks. About Luka Doncic wrote his teammate on the Mavs, Boban Marjanovic. Three paragraphs that summarize it all:
“You can’t relax on the court with Luka Doncic. Even if you’re not unmarked, he can do magic at any moment, throwing a perfect pass that somehow lands in your hands. In every game, he debuts a new move. It’s crazy. .
He is only 21 years old, but he has already made the NBA First Team and is ready to win many more awards. I see the competitive spirit in him off the court: even playing Parcheesi, he wants to win. But he always wins while he smiles.
I see the influence he has on people. Before the pandemic, kids packed stadiums and hotels with teams in hopes of seeing it. And he always had time to sign autographs, to share that Luka magic with the world. “