Luka Doncic is widely regarded as a generational talent who will keep the Dallas Mavericks in championship contention for a decade to come.
If he stopped developing talent-wise today, he would still be one of the best players in the league. But he wont stop developing today. And at just 23 years old, his ceiling is absolutely off the charts.
During Slovenia’s recent showdown against Sweden in 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup qualifiers, Doncic debuted a new shot that caught observers off guard.
The video speaks for itself:
Luka with the sky hook pic.twitter.com/MhuK6DmWEc
— Panda Hank (@pandahank41) July 3, 2022
As do the reactions:
luka is so sick that was just gross
— Depressed Dallas Fan (@BennerBailey) July 3, 2022
That’s just unfair
— Luka Made Booker & Kendall Break Up (@JoshHer43349134) July 3, 2022
i reckon this man is really good at basketball
— austin reaves (@_baldGOAT) July 3, 2022
— HowMyDirkTaste (@mavsfan0) July 3, 2022
That was such a beauty.
I was so pissed that he wasn’t given continuation.
Do you have the play when he made the shot while he was falling down.
That was awesome too.
— Dyey77 ᶠ⁴ᴬˡᵈᵉⁿᵁˢᴬ (@MDyey21) July 3, 2022
It sounds cliché to say, but the sky hook is an unguardable shot when performed correctly. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar proved this much during his NBA stint.
If Doncic can legitimately make this a regular part of his arsenal, he will become an even more potent offensive threat.
Heading into the 2022-23 season, Doncic already appears to be a man possessed. Recent photos show him looking skinner than ever before. And since his conditioning has always been a big problem for him – that is great news for Mavericks fans.
Now that’s how it’s done. https://t.co/TImvqHT8Sm
— Game 7 (@game7__) July 6, 2022
Beyond that, Dallas is currently in the mix for a franchise-altering blockbuster trade. Time will tell if it actually materializes.
Doncic got to the Western Conference Finals this year, but clearly he is hungry for that first ever NBA title. Will next season be when he finally gets it? An answer will emerge soon enough.