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Mavs coach Rick Carlisle reveals what makes Luka Doncic really ‘special’

Rick Carlisle, Luka Doncic

Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle says Mavs youngster Luka Doncic is “special” because he makes all of his teammates on the floor better.

Doncic is a tremendous passer and always creating open shots for teammates. The Mavs think Doncic has similar traits to LeBron James, who is notorious for getting the best out of his teammates on a nightly basis.

Luka Doncic put on a show from start to finish last season. The 20-year-old averaged 21.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 6.0 assists while shooting 42.7 percent from the field, 32.7 percent from beyond the arc and 71.3 percent from the free-throw line.

Doncic recorded 24 double-doubles and eight triple-doubles. The Mavs’ new franchise player in the post-Dirk Nowitzki era led all rookies in points per game and was second in assists per game.

The Mavs can’t for this season to start, as they will have All-Star power forward Kristaps Porzingis on the floor next to Doncic. Dallas envisions Porzingis and Doncic being a lethal pick-and-roll/pop duo for the next decade.

Because Doncic won the 2019 Rookie of the Year Award, he is going to have players coming at him this season. The Mavs’ floor general has to be prepared for that.

By all accounts, Doncic had a productive summer working on his game and upper body strength.