Luka Dončić playing off-the-ball

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Luka Dončić playing off-the-ball

In every clip I’ve seen Dončić in, he thrives from having the ball in his hands to make plays. By any chance if he’s drafted into a situation to where the team already has their point guard of the future, can he play off-the-ball and excel?


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Although he's effective with

Although he's effective with it, he doesn't strike me as a guy who NEEDS the ball to be effective. He's smart, knows how to move without it and is a good shooter from a standstill. Sharing ball-handling duties would probably help his efficiency early on bc he won't have to rely as much on shooting off the bounce, which is something he can do but isn't that great at yet. Moving off the ball and spotting up would allow him to attack more and make plays off the catch so he wouldn't have to supply the momentum himself. Both of the latter 2 points would be ways he could address his ability to create seperation, which is something I think will come later down the line as he builds his rep as a respectable shooter.

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In short, yes. Not only can

In short, yes. Not only can he survive but he should be able to thrive as an ideal secondary facilitator.

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No matter what his primary

No matter what his primary position is, he’s got to become more consistent with that outside shot. It’s a liability right now. I agree with GBee in that his best case scenario is to land on a team that already has its PG of the future and Doncic could split facilitator duties with that PG. Atlanta and Dallas come to mind as ideal destinations.

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I think a lot of his problems

I think a lot of his problems with the outside shot have been because he's handling the ball so much and has to create for himself much of the time. His 3pt% went down this season, but there are reasons for that. As GBee said, he struggles creating separation and this impacts both shot selection and accuracy. I agree, a secondary ballhandler role would suit him to a tee.

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Suns

If Phoenix selects him number 1 he could split the ball handling and play making with Booker.

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Seems like Euro guys always

Seems like Euro guys always have a good sense of playing team ball so I don't really think that will be a concern

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I feel he can play as well

I feel he can play as well off ball as he would as a main ball carrier. He has a very advanced basketball IQ for his age which will make up for his lack of elite speed that some NBA guys posess, so he'll know how to get himself into shooting positions etc.

He is a good ball handler but I don't feel he needs to have the ball to be effective, it will give his coach some nice ball carrying options and with several good passers on a team, they can look for the best opening or have the ability to exchange quick passes which a team with only one elite ball handler may not be able to do.

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Another quick question, is

Another quick question, is anyone concerned about him on defensive assignments guarding top-tier guards?

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Depending on who's flanking

Depending on who's flanking him, he likely won't have to check "top-tier" guards. Put him on the lesser of the 2 wings, even a PF if he's not much of a threat. Issue addressed.

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Why do we run plays? To

Why do we run plays?

To expose mismatches...

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If you are just watching

If you are just watching highlight clips of him of course he is going to be making plays with the ball in his hands because that is all they are going to show. From the limited amount I’ve actually seen of him in actual game competition, I don’t think playing off the ball for stretches will be a problem. Growing up in Europe and playing against high level competition from a young age, I’m sure he has experience playing within an offensive system and not being the primary ball-handler at all times (probably more than a lot of American prospects). However, I do think he is definitely at his most effective with the ball in his hands. Will that be a problem if a team like Sacramento with fox being groomed as their pg of the future? Maybe. But I still think doncic is too good for them to pass up for that reason.

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