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Old 11-03-2018, 04:25 PM   #441
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UD and I were seriously questioning the fit of Smith and Doncic together before the draft. The saving grace is Smith is one of the few, if only, players who actively tries to get Luka the ball. And I see Luka bring the ball up the court a fair amount. Those two still aren't the glaring issue. The issue is in the half court sets when Luka gets largely ignored. The fast break stuff is usually gravy.
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Old 11-03-2018, 11:31 PM   #442
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UD and I were seriously questioning the fit of Smith and Doncic together before the draft. The saving grace is Smith is one of the few, if only, players who actively tries to get Luka the ball. And I see Luka bring the ball up the court a fair amount. Those two still aren't the glaring issue. The issue is in the half court sets when Luka gets largely ignored. The fast break stuff is usually gravy.
Yep, I was talking about that to a friend earlier today... My biggest issue with going after Luka was that I figured you'd need to trade DSJ to make it work. It seems like Dennis is at least TRYING to make it work, I'm just not sure if he CAN make it work... I do like the score-first mentality that netted him 20 points the other night, but I don't like that he "lost himself" in the process, getting 0 assists and 6 TOs. He needs to find balance.

I can envision him in a prime Devin Harris combo role, but I don't know if Dennis can withstand the ups and downs of a score-first mentality without having solid defense to fall back on like Harris did. Maybe moving Wes for a true 3&D guard to help defend the perimeter could make this work, but it has to be a guy who doesn't need the ball in his hands in offense to be effective... Not a lot of options there.
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Yep, I was talking about that to a friend earlier today... My biggest issue with going after Luka was that I figured you'd need to trade DSJ to make it work. It seems like Dennis is at least TRYING to make it work, I'm just not sure if he CAN make it work... I do like the score-first mentality that netted him 20 points the other night, but I don't like that he "lost himself" in the process, getting 0 assists and 6 TOs. He needs to find balance.

I can envision him in a prime Devin Harris combo role, but I don't know if Dennis can withstand the ups and downs of a score-first mentality without having solid defense to fall back on like Harris did. Maybe moving Wes for a true 3&D guard to help defend the perimeter could make this work, but it has to be a guy who doesn't need the ball in his hands in offense to be effective... Not a lot of options there.
I'm hoping DFS can elevate his game to fill that role. I wish Rick would give him the role Wes currently has because he would embrace it and play within his limits.
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Old 11-04-2018, 06:10 PM   #444
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I'm hoping DFS can elevate his game to fill that role. I wish Rick would give him the role Wes currently has because he would embrace it and play within his limits.
DFS has a game that could really be elevated and complement Doncic if we ever put it together. You don't want a bunch of ball-dominant guys out there around Doncic. You want guys who can contribute without having the ball and within the flow of an offense. DFS is it.

I used to think Matthews could have been that guy, but his defense is just too bad and whether it's what Rick is asking of him or what he fancies himself, he's stopped being a guy who can lay back and play within an offense.

I know we need guys to crack the offense to create secondary drives and interruptions for Doncic, but Matthews isnt it.
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I hope DSJ and Luka can mesh, but I really prefer that Luka be the primary ball handler. There is no excuse for him to not touch the ball on just about every possession he's in the game imo.
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I hope DSJ and Luka can mesh, but I really prefer that Luka be the primary ball handler. There is no excuse for him to not touch the ball on just about every possession he's in the game imo.
More than offense, DSJ just can't be the worst defender on the floor if he's going to be part of the plan with Doncic. Smith has been incredibly disappointing defensively.
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Well we may see what it’s like without Luka

He sat out of practice with an injured ankle according to Sefko
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Too bad it wasn't Wes with an ankle tweak so we could try the lineup we hope for.

Changing the SLU would help kill two birds with one stone. It improves your defense and keeps Wes from screwing up possessions by doing too much with other more competent players on the floor.
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Mavs rookie Luka Doncic is opening eyes around the NBA, and win vs. Washington was just a continuation of that
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Allow Tuesday's opposing coach, Scott Brooks, to illuminate the big picture for Mavericks fans: Luka Doncic. The rookie's savvy and obvious potential dazzle Brooks.

"I don't look at him as a young player," he said. "He's a legitimate NBA player who's going to be a superstar in this league.

"Every game, you look at him you say, 'OK, you sure this guy is only 19?'"
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Luka will easily average 11/5/4 or more on the Mavs.
Well, I guess technically I was right.
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Mommy knows best. I said I wanted to be wrong too. I totally was trying to lower expectations for him.
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Luka with 14 year ( 6'2'', 165 lbs.....vision, dunks, floaters....).....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIHUirZkjhI

Who knows what we can expect from this kid in the future????!!!!!

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIHUirZkjhI

Who knows what we can expect from this kid in the future????!!!!!
We probably can expect him to leave and go win somewhere
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I'm from Slovenia and I personally want to stay in Dallas and win something especially for really exceptional Mavs but at the end...that's will be just his decision!

In any case....Dallas Mavericks can try again on draft in 5 years while Slovenia has in Real Madrid Basketball Academy a copy of Luka!

Urban Klavžar, 14 years, 6'7''
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V_p-Px8AsWc (14 points in 2 minutes)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DMzIgpeXZJM

You never know......
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@NickVanExit: The only PLAYERS in the NBA that score 20+ points per game and shoot better than 47% from the field and 40% from three are...

Steph Curry
Kemba Walker
Blake Griffin
Kawhi Leonard
Tobias Harris
Buddy Hield
Luka Doncic


@NickVanExit: The only players to do this for the entire season last year were All-Stars

Steph Curry
Kevin Durant
Kyrie Irving
Klay Thompson
Karl-Anthony Towns


@NickVanExit: The last 5 players to hold these numbers and not make the All-Star team.

Bradley Beal 16-17
Goran Dragic 16-17
CJ McCollum 16-17
Goran Dragic 13-14
Kevin Durant 08-09
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Luka Doncic's 12th game: 22 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists, 9-15 shooting in 31 minutes

but three teams passed on him because ...
[checks notes]
the european vets he kept dominating weren't american teenagers?
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Luka Doncic Turnover Breakdown (Video)
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