It goes without saying that Luka Doncic is already one of the faces of the NBA. It hasn't taken long for him to dominate the league, and some people believe that he's going to take another step forward and win the MVP award this season.
Doncic has an almost flawless offensive game. However, he's never been much of an efficient shooter from beyond the arc. Yes, we've seen him knock down clutch threes and big shots when it matters the most, but his shot tends to go ice-cold from stretches as well.
That seems to be the case to start the season. Through the first 6 games of the 2020/21 NBA campaign, the Dallas Mavericks' star has been fantastic with 25.8 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 7.2 assists per game. However, when it comes to three-point shooting, he's leaving a lot to be desired.
Luka Doncic Is Currently 170th In Three-Point Shooting
According to ESPN, Luka Doncic is knocking down just 19.5% of his three-point attempts right now. That's by far the lowest mark of his young career, as he averaged 32.7% during his rookie season and 31.6% throughout his sophomore year.
Now, Doncic is just 8 of 41 from beyond the arc, knocking down just 1.3 three-pointers per game on a career-low 6.8 attempts from downtown. Obviously, the laws of averages suggest that his numbers will trend up rather sooner than later, but it's still kind of concerning.
Andre Iguodala, Serge Ibaka, LaMelo Ball, And Al Horford Are All Shooting Better From Three Than Doncic
As we mentioned before, Doncic is knocking down just 19.5% from three-point land, and that makes him 170th among eligible NBA players. Needless to say, that means that even some not-so-great three-point shooters are doing better than him right now.
Rookies LaMelo Ball (35.5%) and Anthony Edwards (28.6%) have been significantly better, while non-shooters like Andre Iguodala (40%) and Giannis Antetokounmpo (25.7%) have also fared better in that regard. Also, big men like Serge Ibaka (37%), Al Horford (32%), or Larry Nance Jr (29.2%) are all shooting threes at a higher clip than Doncic.
The Mavericks Need Doncic
Let's not kid ourselves. The Dallas Mavericks need Luka Doncic if they want to make a deep run in the playoffs. Yes, Kristaps Porzingis is also essential to their aspirations and he's due to come back pretty soon, but they'll only go as far as Luka takes them.
Thus far, the Mavericks hold a 3-4 record, which is good for the 7th spot in the Western Conference. That's far from where they expected to be entering the season, but we're confident that Doncic will turn things around pretty soon and lead them to a playoff berth.