The REAL Reason Why Luka Doncic Is SO Good In The NBA Playoffs (Ft. Slow Motion, Paul George, Skill)
Luka Doncic has been amazing in the NBA playoffs, but what makes Luka so good? #luka #NBA #Slow
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This is the third time I’ve made a video on why Luka and every time, Luka keeps going to another level. There are elements that have stayed consistent like Luka’s insane balance, top 10% of point guards in stopping on a dime, so let’s talk about that real quick. Luka at 6’ 7” 230 pounds is a different specimen. That makes him the second heaviest point guard in the league behind only LeBron. So Luka uses his weight to keep defenders away from the ball. Because of his balance, he sorta is able to throw his weight around while continuously moving.
With this sort of snake style Luka often finds himself in this midrange area. Sometimes he has a defender tight on his back hip, other times he gets free and when he does, he doesn’t speed up. He still methodically puts pressure on the defense because everyone is tryna figure out how to pick up Luka like right here. Zubac steps up, 3 Clippers are around Luka sorta in chaos. Pandemic P, I mean Paul George, is communicating a switch of some kind. Meanwhile his assignment cuts in. Luka stays in this area allowing the play to develop and see who would mess up. And so PG does, Luka makes the pass. Pandemic P in the building…
But it’s not that Luka can just get to his spot in the paint, he has a whole arsenal of flip shots designed to take advantage of his ability to stay balanced and upright despite contact. He has immaculate touch around the rim and patience. And because of that, he can get any shot that he wants once he gets close. The key again is his balance and his ability to use his body to create slight openings.
I was going to explain another part of Luka’s game that goes in combination with his bumps, but this tweet from Spencer Dinwiddie was a great analysis. He responded to a tweet calling Luka slower than Christmas which I don’t know what that even means, but Dinwiddie responded with “Change of pace has always been more effective than pace in general. If I see something every time eventually I can stop it. If the rhythm/cadence is constantly changing what are you supposed to dance to?” And that was it, a short explanation of why Luka continuously drives by defenders despite being much slower than most players on the court.
That hasn’t changed at all. Like at all. In fact, it’s gotten even more effective because Luka has gotten even more effective at putting pressure on defenses which means even more openings. He still executes a bunch of jump passes, able to once again patiently wait for the defense to move and make last second decisions. Going back to Luka being able to snake, he’s able to put a lot of pressure on the defenders and because he’s able to stay in this area for a little longer, it can make defenders more likely to collapse. With the Mavericks having a minimum of 3 shooters at all time around Luka, this gives him multiple options and multiple defenders he’s waiting to make a wrong step to then fire a pass off.
The scary part is that Luka still has a lot he can improve. He can improve his 3 point shooting, especially since his jumpshot itself is a little slower and he’s not particularly efficient. I understand that he takes tougher shot, but he’s not a knockdown, not yet. He still at times is a liability defensively. He hasn’t figured out how to use his weight to compensate for his lack of quickness. But this is only his second year and what he’s already doing on the court makes him a top 5 player in the league, but what do you think? Is Luka a top 5 player? Will the Mavericks beat the Clippers?