Luka Doncic is one of the most exciting young players in the NBA. After falling to the Dallas Mavericks in a trade, many believed that the Mavericks had gotten the best player in the 2018 draft. Ever since that day, Doncic has done everything expected of him and more. His pull-up shots are already legendary, his ability to make plays is star-like, and he can even grab rebounds.
Like LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, or James Harden, it appears as though Doncic can do a little bit of everything on the court, but there is one thing that people believe he has to do to truly reach his potential.
Luka Doncic’s physical fitness
One knock on Doncic that persists to this day pertains to his conditioning. Although he is still young, acquiring the right habits when it comes to his diet and exercise could be the key to a long career. After all, a player who does everything that Doncic does is going to need to stay on his toes at all times and cannot afford to take any plays off.
This is not mere idle speculation about his conditioning either. While fans and pundits have talked about Doncic’s conditioning, even Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban has spoken about the topic. In June, when the Mavericks had already been off for two months, Cuban stated that Doncic was already looking more physically fit than he had as a rookie.
“He came and he was working out with Coach. I actually saw an ab, so it was a step in the right direction,” Cuban joked (per The Smoking Cuban). There may have been 2. But he’s definitely in better shape.”
Nearly five months later, and we are finally seeing the results of Luka Doncic’s first offseason in the NBA.
Luka Doncic appeared to take his workouts seriously all year. In an interview leading into the new season, Doncic spoke about his conditioning for the offseason. Doncic took to social media and posted pictures showing a slimmer physique, him lifting weights, and other photos highlighting just how serious he was going into his sophomore season.
Doncic told Mavs.com that his summer off was what helped him pay more attention to his conditioning, as he hadn’t had a summer off in many years thanks to his career overseas.
While many players come into the new season bragging about whether or not they worked out in the offseason, Doncic appears to have taken on a noticeable difference, and according to him, it was with a clear goal in mind.
Doncic was asked what the results of his weight loss, which he claims was 20 lbs, would have on his game.
“I would say I’m faster now,” Doncic answered. “So (my defense is) going to get better, for sure.”
With so many expectations heading into the season, Doncic would have to put up monster performances to exceed them. Much to the delight of Dallas fans, early on in the season, he appears to be doing just that.
Luka Doncic’s season
Through six games, Doncic is flirting with a triple-double average. His scoring skyrocketed to 26.7 points per game, while his rebounding went to 10.3 and his assists went to 9.5 per game. Doncic is shooting better from the field, from the three-point line, and from the free-throw line. The Mavericks, now with big man Kristaps Porzingis playing beside him, appear to be in the right hands.
Doncic is only in his second year but is already performing at a level that most could never dream of. He does a little bit of everything, and he continues to grow in that regard. If he can help preserve his body, it will only be good for him and his legacy. Otherwise, the glory years of his career could be limited. For now, he appears to be taking steps in the right direction.