Dallas Mavericks fans are hoping that their new Slovenian star, Luka Doncic, can be lights out for them in 2017-18. So far, Doncic has been lights out, but in a far more literal sense.
While working out in a Mavericks practice facility, Doncic attempted a half-court heave but struck a hanging light with his high-arcing shot.
It was almost lights out for Luka Doncic today. He hit the lights on this halfcourt shot. @dallasmavs pic.twitter.com/1UqKtPCJKS
— Dwain Price (@DwainPrice) July 5, 2018
Had the hanging light not been there, Doncic’s shot may have had a chance to go in. The 19-year-old was drafted with the third overall pick by the Atlanta Hawks and subsequently traded to the Mavericks in exchange for Trae Young and a protected future first-round pick.
The Slovenian may not need to take a ton of half-court heaves next season, but at least if he does, he won’t have to worry about any hanging lights getting in the way.
This has more of the feel of a high school gym, rather than an NBA facility. Low hanging ceilings and random obstacles are commonplace in high school gyms around the country.
Doncic shot 46 percent from the field for Real Madrid last season. He was only 31 percent from three-point range, but that number should improve as he matures into the player he should become with the Mavericks.
Luka Doncic has an immense amount of talent and a ton of upside. He can play a number of different positions and it’s likely that Rick Carlisle and the Mavs will use him at nearly every position besides center.
He may need to work on his half-court shot, but other than that, Doncic looks like the real deal.