Hi, This is Stephen from HoopScholar. It has been a while for me to do a breakdown. I will pick it back up and work harder, please keep support. If you want to watch more basketball content and videos, If you want to watch more basketball content and videos, please follow our FB and Instagram. I believe we all are pretty familiar with the name of Luka Doncic in the past 2 years. I believe we all are pretty familiar with the name of Luka Doncic in the past 2 years. Luka was only 19 in his rookie season and being able to average 21 ppg, 7.8 rpg, and 6 apg and he was the rookie of the year. and being able to average 21 ppg, 7.8 rpg, and 6 apg and he was the rookie of the year. He is 20 this season, having an NBA MVP caliber of season averaging close to 30 ppg, 10 rpg, 10 apg after almost halfway through the season. averaging close to 30 ppg, 10 rpg, 10 apg after almost halfway through the season. What is the secret of his game? What is the secret of his game? Today, let’s do a Luka Doncic Full Breakdown part 1. Today, let’s do a Luka Doncic Full Breakdown part 1. If you want to watch the future breakdown, subscribe and turn on the notification. subscribe and turn on the notification. First of all, Luka is 6 foot 8, around 220 lbs. He is a point guard/forward for the Mavs, bigger than most PG in the league, so he has the size advantage. bigger than most PG in the league, so he has the size advantage. Although Luka has a solid size, he still isn’t the biggest nor the strongest in the league. He has average speed and explosiveness in the league. Luka is very smart, a high bball IQ player Luka is very smart, a high bball IQ player He is phenomenal at read and react. He is phenomenal at read and react. No matter if it’s his style of playing or coordination, No matter if it’s his style of playing or coordination, he is always in control. he is always in control. Luka can handle the ball well. He can run the offense or do pick and roll for the team He can run the offense or do pick and roll for the team and being able to create his own shot at the same time. Luka like to use the zig zag between the leg/inverted between the leg. Luka like to use the zig zag between the leg/inverted between the leg. It is pretty much like the normal zig zag dribble. For example, if he is dribbling with the left, he is gonna bring the body and dribble to the left first, For example, if he is dribbling with the left, he is gonna bring the body and dribble to the left first, ell the drive, plant the inside foot and then suddenly do a between the leg and attack right. Very fundamental and useful way to get by the defender. This is one of Luka’s go to move. Very fundamental and useful way to get by the defender. This is one of Luka’s go to move. Although Luka is not as shifty as Kyrie or AI, Although Luka is not as shifty as Kyrie or AI, he is good at changing speed tho. He did a good job with both acceleration and deceleration. He did a good job with both acceleration and deceleration. Over here, he is in a semi fastbreak situation, defender stopped the ball. Luka brought his frame up and made the defender thought he was going to slow down, Luka brought his frame up and made the defender thought he was going to slow down, so defender stepped up to Luka. Luka realised it and accelerated with a push cross Luka realised it and accelerated with a push cross and finish with the off foot inside hand for an and-1. and finish with the off foot inside hand for an and-1. and finish with the off foot inside hand for an and-1. This play shows how crazy Luka’s body control is. He knew Capela can’t keep up with him with his foot speed. He knew Capela can’t keep up with him with his foot speed. Luka attacked Capela with a skip hesi, and then stop with a punch drag. When Luka stopped, defense mirrored that and stopped. But then Luka accelerated right after the deceleration. This is what we called put the defender on his heel, made Capela to put his balance on his own heel, and now Capela is already got beat. Luka finished the play with an alley oop to his teammate. and now Capela is already got beat. Luka finished the play with an alley oop to his teammate. It is not an obvious move, It is not an obvious move, It is not an obvious move, but Luka able to beat the defender with these little details. but Luka able to beat the defender with these little details. He likes to use the skip hesitation to penetrate, because it provides tons of options. He likes to use the skip hesitation to penetrate, because it provides tons of options. If the defender is moving back, he is gonna hit the defender with the James Harden touch stepback into a pullup. he is gonna hit the defender with the James Harden touch stepback into a pullup. Or if he sees a lane after his skip hesi, he will penetrate. Or he is going to combine the skip with the inverted btl. Or he is going to combine the skip with the inverted btl. When he floats to the left, When he floats to the left, Austin Rivers is shifting with him,. When Luka sees that, he took a hard dribble to sell the drive to the left, and then the inverted btl attack right. There is around 48% of FTA by Luka happens in the paint. There is around 48% of FTA by Luka happens in the paint. He is good at using his body to attack and take over the best lane for his penetration. He is good at using his body to attack and take over the best lane for his penetration. He is good at using his body to attack and take over the best lane for his penetration. Forcing the defender to trail behind him and make it hard for the defender to contest. Sometimes he might be able to draw fouls. Talking about drawing fouls, Luka is averaging around 9-10 times to the FT line each game, Luka is averaging around 9-10 times to the FT line each game, 3rd in the league. Avg over 80%, that means that’s around 7-8 pts from shooting FT each game. that means that’s around 7-8 pts from shooting FT each game. Luka is a very good finisher, being able to finish in a variety of ways. Luka is a very good finisher, being able to finish in a variety of ways. For example, he would use his body and body control ability to finish, using the veer step to initiate the contact and slow down the last two steps to finish. We are going to do breakdown on the veer step in the future. And he has a really good balance and touch with his floater, And he has a really good balance and touch with his floater, no matter if it is off one foot or two. It is very stable and a good way to finish in the pick and roll situation. It is very stable and a good way to finish in the pick and roll situation. Luka is a player who came from Europe, so we should not be surprised when he is really good with his Eurostep. so we should not be surprised when he is really good with his Eurostep. No matter if it is on the left or right side, left or right hand, he is really nice with it. He would also slow down the last two steps, great deceleration. He would also slow down the last two steps, great deceleration. Please check out our Eurostep breakdown if you wanna know more about it. Please check out our Eurostep breakdown if you wanna know more about it. Spin move is also one of Luka’s favorite moves. When defender cuts him off when he penetrates, he would counter with a spin and finish. he would counter with a spin and finish. Luka likes to spin on and into the defender to the basket Luka likes to spin on and into the defender to the basket to create extra contact and sometimes he might be able to get some calls. to create extra contact and sometimes he might be able to get some calls. Luka has great coordination, able to finish with different off foot layup, no matter if it is inside hand or outside hand. Luka is not the quickest and most explosive players in the league, but being able to finish like this with his body control and coordination, that should be considered as anther type of athleticism. I always talk about how Luka is in control, one of the main reasons why is because he utilizes the pump fake, especially under the basket. He might stop with a one-two footwork or a jump stop and use the pump fake the get the defender to jump. It provides stability, control, and a great chance to jump into the defender to draw a foul. It provides stability, control, and a great chance to jump into the defender to draw a foul. Pump fake under the basket is an easy, simple, and stable finishing move. Pump fake under the basket is an easy, simple, and stable finishing move. No matter what level you are playing at, you should utilize the pump fake. No matter what level you are playing at, you should utilize the pump fake. Luka is a player with high basketball IQ, Luka is a player with high basketball IQ, he sees everything on the floor. he sees everything on the floor. He would be able to realize the mismatch and when they put a smaller guard on him, he is going to take him to the low post and go to work. That’s a high percentage shot using his good footwork and pump fake. That’s a high percentage shot using his good footwork and pump fake. We have covered Luka’s ball handling, penetration, and finishing moves today. We have covered Luka’s ball handling, penetration, and finishing moves today. In the next episode, we are going to breakdown Luka’s jumpshot and stepback. In the next episode, we are going to breakdown Luka’s jumpshot and stepback. Comment and let us know who you think is going to win the MVP this season. If you want to watch the next episode, share with your friends. 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