JJ Barea of the Mavs knows the NBA return is fast approaching and that everybody is gearing up for the “bubble” games in Disney World Complex in Orlando. Led by super sophomore Luka Doncic, the Dallas Mavericks could emerge as one of the surprise teams in this year's playoffs.
As good as he's been the entire year, veteran guard JJ Barea thinks Luka Doncic, the 2019 Rookie of the Year, will be even better in the postseason, per Dallas News.
“No question. I think he’s ready for it and I think he’s looking forward to the opportunity and the challenge, I think we’re gonna see an even better Luka in the playoffs. This is a kid that anytime you present a challenge, something new, something harder, he knows everybody’s gonna be watching so all those things are gonna help him be a better player.”
There's no doubt at this point that Doncic is a special player in the NBA. After turning in an outstanding rookie campaign, Luka Doncic undoubtedly emerged as a superstar in just his second year in the league. In fact, the 21-year old already started in the All-Star game. Through 54 games, the Slovenian Sensation averaged 28.7 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 8.7 assists, while shooting 46.1 percent from the field.
His breakout campaign will propel Dallas to its first postseason appearance since 2016. The Mavericks enter the bubble with a 40-27 mark, good for 7th in the Western Conference. With homecourt advantage out of the window, this is a prime opportunity for teams in the lower seed, such as Dallas with Luka Doncic, to make an upset in the playoffs.
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