Mavs’ Luka Doncic explains comparison between scoring in the NBA and Europe
Dallas Mavericks super rookie Luka Doncic fired back at a since-deleted tweet by Bleacher Report and explained his comparison between scoring in the NBA and in Europe. In the post, Doncic reiterated that it’s easier to score in the NBA because the court is much smaller in Europe and there is no defensive three-second rule in the paint.
The publication apparently left out that part in their post, thus causing a misunderstanding. Obviously, he didn’t appreciate being misquoted due to key parts of his statement being left out:
post the whole article then, i said that beacuse the court is smaller and there is no rule for 3 def seconds in the zone! thank you https://t.co/zei1qJQu3Q
— Luka Doncic (@luka7doncic) February 9, 2019
Luka Doncic has seen the best of both the NBA and European ball. The former Real Madrid star clearly thrived playing in Europe’s brand of basketball after becoming the youngest MVP in EuroLeague history in 2017. Moreover, it seems like Doncic has needed zero to little adjustment playing in the NBA so far.
The Slovenian sensation has lived up to the hype that made him the most highly anticipated prospect from Europe. Doncic is having a terrific debut campaign and is looking like the runaway winner for Rookie of the Year.
On the season, Doncic is averaging 20.6 points per game on 43.2 percent field goal shooting to go along with 7.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game. In 2019, the 19-year old is averaging close to 23 points per game while shooting 42.5 percent from the field and 30.9 percent on 3-pointers.
With those averages, it’s clear that Luka Doncic hasn’t found much difficulty scoring in the NBA. His size, versatility, skill set, and wide variety of moves make it easier for him to get the ball into the basket. Moreover, the added space on the floor, as alluded to by himself, and the evolution of pace-and-space basketball has seemingly fit right into his style of play.