Doncic made a very powerful debut in the Association. A bright super-talented player who could organize the team’s offense – after his first season in the NBA, Doncic was considered one of the most valuable people in the League. Maybe not by the impact on the game here and now, but exactly by the potential and value of the asset.
In General, doubts about whether he would be athletic enough to play in the NBA, which arose before the draft, quickly disappeared.
But the question remained: could it get better? Agree, it is quite logical if we are talking about a 20-year-old young man who only moved to a new country a year ago. Indeed, where to add something? Nevertheless, the opinion that Doncic was unlikely to make significant progress was widely held. Unlike yesterday’s students, Luka has been playing against professionals for a long time, so he seemed to come to the NBA more ready.
During the coronavirus season, Luca closed this problem as well. Doncic gave a fierce jump on the vast majority of indicators of individual statistics, from hopeful moved to the basis Of the match of stars, and his “Dallas” confidently went to the playoffs in the West.
In one summer, Doncic went from being a promising prospect to a player who meets all the parameters of a modern superstar.
Doncic-the basis of the attack
Today’s superstars, regardless of position, must initiate the attack and drive the ball. Curry, Lillard, harden, Lenard, James, Adetokumbo, Jokic – all of them are able to sharpen themselves and create opportunities for partners, all of them hold the ball in their hands for the game, and all of them can single-handedly create a decent team offense. Davis is like a top player, but not a ballhandler, but his achievements in the status of the first star are very modest, and his influence on the game by the standards of superstars is very controversial. Embiid seems to be primarily a scorer, doesn’t play the role of a connecting node or driving force on offense, but Philadelphia is generally a wildly strange team. In General, the first star of the team should spend a lot of time with the ball, exceptions are extremely rare, and it is not a fact that these are exceptions.
So, Doncic, who last season came out almost on the four, is certainly the main ballhandler of “Dallas”. He has the ball in position, he sets up partners, he is creative, outplays and creates movement on offense, and his reading of the game from pick-and-rolls is already at the level of the best performers in the NBA. And there are a lot of these pick-n-rolls.
Doncic tangible effect on the result
A high workload on offense with good efficiency is not a guarantee that a player will be recognized as a superstar. Ask young and Booker, who are trying to pull on frankly weak teams. No one cares how good you are or how poor your partners (or even the organization as a whole) are. According to the iron logic of talking heads, all the team’s troubles are always the fault of its best player. In General, if you don’t win, you’re hardly a superstar, and I don’t care that basketball is a team sport.
Now, Donica such problems with the ambiguity of the status at all.
When he came to the NBA, the “Dallas” from a frankly merging team immediately turned into a playoff contender. And not in the East, where everything that can stand up gets into the eight, but in the real conference.
And although doncic’s results sank in the second half of his debut season with Dallas, it was only because the Mavs sent several rotation players out for Porzingis, who was not ready to play. In the long run, however, that exchange meant that Cuban believed in Doncic. “Dallas” realized what kind of talent they got into their hands and immediately began to select a worthy environment for it. While Atlanta tried to surround young with the most incapacitated partners in order to fall back behind the high peak, the Mavs were preparing to compete for the playoffs.
And this is the power of doncic: in one season in the NBA, He convinced his team that he is the player around whom you can already start building a winning team. And so “Dallas” barters for a broken Porzy, and in the summer blindly re-signs him to the maximum and collects from the market a few roleplayers.
As a result, for the second season in the NBA, Doncic in the status of the first and only star drags his team into the playoffs with a decent margin.
So, while young and Booker at the entrance to the star club have to explain that “we are normal, just our teams are so-so”, Doncic just goes in, bypassing the queue. If you will allow such a metaphor in these difficult days.