Mavs rookie Luka Doncic is shooting extremely well in the clutch
At just 19 years old, Dallas Mavericks rookie Luka Doncic is showing that he is ready for prime time. According to Bobby Karalla of mavs.com, the Mavs phenom has now converted on 14-of-22 in clutch shots and has connected 3-of-7 on three-pointers under the same category. This is good for a 70.5 effective field goal percentage in the clutch.
Luka Doncic is now 14 of 22 in the clutch this season, and 3 of 7 on 3s, good for an absurd 70.5 effective field goal percentage. Dallas is 7-5 overall in games this season when the score is within five points inside the final five minutes after going 12-38 last season.
— Bobby Karalla (@bobbykaralla) December 9, 2018
Best clutch field goal percentage this season (minimum 15 attempts):
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) December 9, 2018
These are simply insane crunch time stats from a 19-year-old kid.
Luka Doncic displayed his clutch gene once again in the Mavs’ 107-104 victory over the slumping Houston Rockets. The youngest EuroLeague MVP in history turned into the Slovenian Michael Jordan going on a personal 11-0 run down the stretch to propel the Mavs to the come-from-behind win.
The Mavs trailed by eight points with a little less than three minutes remaining in the contest. Doncic then flipped the switch and simply took over.
He first nailed a left corner three-pointer to begin his late-game surge, then followed that up with another deep ball at the top of the arc over Clint Capela to cut the Houston lead down to two. With the Dallas crowd going bonkers, the rookie then drove the lane and hit a floater over a tough defender in P.J. Tucker. The Mavs got a stop on the other end off an airball triple by James Harden.
This opened the window for the Slovenian Wonder Boy to once again work his magic. Luka Doncic capped off his solo run with his now-becoming signature step-back three-pointer that hit nothing but nylon to put Dallas ahead by three with just under a minute left. That proved to be all she wrote for Houston, which has now lost seven of their last nine.
At this point, it’s an understatement to say that Luka Doncic is for real. He’s already proven that just 23 games into his career. Moreover, he has shown that he isn’t rattled by the bright lights and the pressure-packed moments with his stellar clutch shooting.
It’s safe to say that all the hype coming from Europe is certainly warranted. And we are all witnessing greatness from arguably the best European prospect to enter the NBA. All hail Halleluka.