The REAL Reason Why Luka Doncic Is SO Good (Ft. NBA Passing, Deep 3s, Young MVP)
Luka Doncic is playing like NBA MVP, went at LeBron. What makes Luka so good? #NBA #Luka
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Luka Doncic had an impressive rookie campaign, better than LeBron’s rookie year, up there with the likes of Michael Jordan and Oscar Robertson. And we expected him to take a leap, but what he is doing now makes him one of the best players in the NBA, but what makes him so good? Let’s find out.
Luka Doncic is nearly averaging a triple double. Through 7 games, he’s averaging 26.7 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 9.1 assists. LeBron even called him a bad man. And Luka has been a bad man, 3 triple doubles and the Mavericks are above 500. He’s only 20 years old. So let’s look at what makes him so good.
I broke down Luka last year which sort of started this whole, so good series, lemme know what players you wanna see next. I wanna bring back the main point of that video, Luka’s balance. Luka Doncic has some of the most insane balance I have seen. (Show Luka balancing on chair) Like look at this pass. Luka should have fallen over while making this pass, but he was able to remain upright. (what?) That balance really does allow him to do all these flip shots and still make it a good shot, but more than that now are his body bumps. His nudges and the way he seals defenders who are hounding him are more impressive to me because it gives him space to operate. Since Luka has a strong core, he’s able to create the contact and go exactly where he wants to without being moved off his path. And Luka is not particularly big. He’s 6’ 7”, less than 218 pounds. He actually lost weight this summer and is more in shape. He’s just stronger and so he can shield the ball away from defenders while still keeping his head up. And because of that, he can stay in these positions near the paint while holding his ground. This gives the roller enough time to get to the paint for easy lobs.
This balance allows him to make difficult actions like routine and easy. Luka Doncic likes to do these jump passes that completely catch the defense off guard. He’ll get to the midrange area which is an area of tension for the defense. A lot of the off-ball defenders will have their eyes on him, even try to help. At the moment, Luka will jump in the air and fire a cross court pass that takes advantage of the defense’s position. As on off-ball defender, you typically play tight defense if you’re man is one pass away, but with Luka, anyone can be one pass away.That is almost a 50 foot pass from a trapped position. This means that Luka can literally pass from almost any position to almost anyone. This overhead pass behind his body is more proof of that, but that would mean nothing without Luka’s vision and ability to read a defense.
Because Luka is herky jerky and his change of pace is so lethal, he actually gives himself so many different options. He’s not super athletic or quick or anything. He is deceptively quick. He’ll slowly bring the ball up and then out of nowhere shift and turn the accelerators. That cross was on Danny Green, a good perimeter defender, but Luka got Green behind him with just one move. These little pauses or times when he slows down for just a split second is enough for him to read the defense and make the play. This is where all of what we have talked about comes together, the balance, the change of pace, the playmaking. He is literally toying with the Lakers defense which is the best defense in the league.
Luka is also shifty. I don’t mean he’s doing euro step layups. He’s able to throw his weight in one direction and then pull it back in another, but what makes this special is that he’s able to throw his weight further away from his center of gravity than most players. For example on this snatch back on Avery Bradley, Luka dribbles the ball out, but his center of gravity is really this far back from the step, which leads to these long step backs because Luka is able to extend past of center gravity so that when he does step back, he’s now in a comfortable position with his base loaded. This is also why his in between the leg dribble is so effective. He extends that leg out far away from his body while still keeping control. He can either go backwards or go laterally. His arsenal is just so vast.
Even if Luka doesn’t seem athletic, his actual athletic ability allows him to make a lot of those unique signature plays that we are associating with Luka. But his IQ and court awareness is just special. We are seeing a 20 year old put up MVP type numbers and play like an MVP. And so yeah Luka Doncic is really good, but he’s also one of a kind. But what do you think? What will Luka end up averaging? Which player do you wanna see next?