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Luka Doncic Says Mavericks Have ‘Special’ Team This Season

Luka Doncic Says Mavericks Have ‘Special’ Team This Season

During an interview with NBA reporter Sam Amick of The Athletic, Luka Doncic stated the Dallas Mavericks have a “special” workforce this season. 

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The Mavericks are 45-29. They are in fifth place within the Western Conference standings and have performed like an elite workforce on each ends of the ground since buying PJ Washington and Daniel Gafford. 

“Yeah, of course. Those two guys that we got at the trade deadline, PJ and Gaff, they help us a lot,” Doncic stated. “They never complain. They just play hard every play, and they are our two, I think, best defensive guys. We’ve got D. Jones (Derrick Jones Jr.), and everybody plays together. We have a five-man defense, which is very important. The whole team is special, man.”

The Mavericks are sixth within the NBA in factors per sport, twentieth in factors per sport allowed and eleventh in internet ranking. 

Dallas is fourth in defensive ranking since March 7 and tenth since including Gafford and Washington on the commerce deadline.

Doncic is placing up MVP numbers this season. He’s averaging 34.0 factors, 9.1 rebounds and 9.8 assists whereas taking pictures 48.9% from the sphere, 38.0% from past the arc and 78.2% from the free-throw line. 

A five-time All-Star, Doncic is first within the NBA in factors, first in factors per sport, seventeenth in rebounds, fifteenth in rebounds per sport, third in assists and second in assists per sport. 

“I can’t answer that (MVP question),” Doncic stated. “That’s for the media. I’m happy we’re winning, man. That’s it. You know I’m not going to answer that question.”

If the common season ended at present, the Mavericks would face the Los Angeles Clippers within the first spherical of the 2024 playoffs. 

According to NBA insider Marc Stein, “genuine fondness” exists between Doncic and Kyrie Irving. Dallas acquired Irving from the Brooklyn Nets final season. 

“Multiple team sources indicate that there is a genuine fondness between the stars,” Stein wrote. “One recent example shared with The Stein Line: At a 25th birthday party for Dončić in Toronto last month, Irving was the last Maverick to close down the soirée with Luka at night’s end. One more example: Earlier this week, when the Mavericks held an optional practice for low-minute players to get in some extra work on the morning after another road win in San Antonio, both Irving and Dončić unexpectedly attended the session and played in the pickup games. They clearly enjoy each other’s company.”

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