After having a great first season in the NBA, Dallas Mavericks’ guard Luka Doncic is ready to take his game to the next level. Doncic has started to work on that, and you can say the results look very promising.
His rookie season was marvelous, but people believe he can do way better than that. As soon as the season ended, Doncic hit the gym to work on his body, which some think can take him to a different dimension once he’s in the best form.
"The sky's the limit for him," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said in late February, but he also added, "Wait until he gets in shape."
Although he was never literally ‘out of shape’, there were times during the last campaign that the Slovenian player looked a little heavier than his listed playing weight of 218. Besides, at some point of the season, he looked tired late in games. Yet, this was not a surprise for anybody in the Mavs organization.
Luka came from playing for 12 months straight with almost no break in Real Madrid, so the Mavericks and his agent agreed that he needed a summer to get some rest. At the end of 2018, he even hired a personal chef to improve his eating habits and get in the proper shape to compete at the maximum level.
But now, he’s taken things to a different dimension. He promised Mavericks owner Mark Cuban that he was going to build six-pack abs this summer, and it looks like he’s getting closer to it:
Back in June in the NBA awards ceremony in Los Angeles, where Doncic was named NBA Rookie of the Year, he was asked about his "6 pack" promise to Cuban.
"You'll see before the season," Doncic said. "That's the goal."It's on the way, on the way, on the way. Someday."
Even Cuban himself remarked in June that he had seen Doncic working out in Dallas with coach Rick Carlisle and "actually saw an ab."
Last season he recorded 21.2 points on 42.7 percent shooting from the field (32.7 percent from beyond the arc), 7.8 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 1.1 steals in 32.2 minutes per game, numbers that earned him the ROY award.
This next campaign the Mavericks hope to get Doncic in better shape, ready to take the team to the playoffs. With the addition of Kristaps Porzingis and Doncic improving his game, Dallas looks like a team to have in consideration next year.