What makes Mavs star Luka Donic so dominant, according to Gilbert Arenas
Former NBA player and three-time All-Star Gilbert Arenas shared his thoughts on why Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks is so dominant. From his observation, the Slovenian’s supreme mastery of the fundamentals makes him a step above the rest.
Arenas appeared on Fubo Sports where he discussed the difference between athleticism and fundamentals. According to Arenas, the guys that defend Doncic has so much athleticism that when the Mavs guard unleashes basic moves, they tend to overreact.
“Luka has the advantage over anyone who’s guarding him because these guys are too athletic for this part of the game. Open court? You got him. Half-court when you need to be disciplined, you never learned it,” Arenas said of the Mavs phenom.
Arenas doubled-down on his argument by highlighting how learning the fundamentals is critical, especially for young aspirants.
“That’s why fundamentals are important especially at a younger age. You need the fundamentals before your athleticism kicks in. Before the athleticism kicks and before the athleticism takes over,” Arenas added. “The first thing you need to teach him is his footwork before his jumping ability kicks in. Because once a person can jump and dunk, that’s all he wants to do.”
From the looks of it, Gilbert Arenas hit the nail right on the head with his observation and analysis of the Mavs star.
Luka Doncic doesn’t necessarily have the brute force of a LeBron James, the lightning-quick crossover moves of a Kyrie Irving, or the jumping ability of a young Vince Carter. Instead, Luka utilizes the most basic dribble moves and his superior basketball IQ to get by.
As everyone knows, it has worked wonders for Doncic. He led the Mavs to the 2020 playoffs for the first time since 2016 and made a name for himself as the future of the NBA.