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Luka Doncic Slyly Alludes to Having a Better Defensive Season In 2024-25 After Receiving 0 Votes For All Defense This Year

Jay Mahesh Lokegaonkar

Luka Doncic Slyly Alludes To Having A Better Defensive Season In 2024-25 After Receiving 0 Votes For All Defense This Year

Luka Doncic‘s offensive ability and effectiveness rank among the best in the league. However, his defensive effort in this playoffs has earned him plenty of plaudits. The Dallas Mavericks superstar continued to showcase his improving defense in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Minnesota Timberwolves, with two stops late in the contest to seal the win for his team.

In the post-game press conference, the guard was asked about those plays. He sarcastically acted surprised after receiving praise for his defense.

Doncic also quipped that he’ll earn votes for the NBA All-Defense team next season. This was the second time the guard joked about getting votes for the All-Defense team next year.

After his incredible block on Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in the Mavericks’ Game 5 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder in the previous round, he said he wants to earn those All-Defensive votes in the 2024-25 campaign.

Doncic is aware of the criticisms of his defense. Earlier, he has also said that he’ll likely never get credit for his improvements. But now that he is getting praised for it, he isn’t getting too carried away and focusing on helping his team.

It seems high time that the European converts his MVP-like year to a championship. He has proven his worthiness to claim the throne by plugging his defensive gaps in this post-season.

Luka Doncic’s exceptional defensive effort in the playoffs

Luka Doncic has been a man on a mission in these playoffs. While he has unsurprisingly been stellar on offense, his defensive side has particularly been topnotch since the Mavericks’ first-round series against the Los Angeles Clippers. The guard held his own against LA’s star-studded roster, as none of their top six scorers shot better than 44% with him as the primary defender.

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While Paul George shot just 36.4% with Doncic on him, Kawhi Leonard had just 16.7% FG. Other stars on the list were Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Norman Powell, and Terance Mann with 28.6%, 43.5%, 35.7%, and 33.3%, respectively.

Continuing his stretch, the Slovenian was a mammoth on the defensive end. Besides posting 33 points, six rebounds, and eight assists, which are usual numbers from him, Doncic had three steals and one block. More than the numbers, he looked extremely comfortable even while guarding the paint against the likes of Rudy Gobert, during clutch situations.

Doncic has been one of the best two-way players in these playoffs. Per Statmuse, among players averaging more than 20 points per game, his defensive rating of 109.4 ranks sixth-best overall, and third-best among guards behind Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (103.6) and Anthony Edwards (107.9).

Doncic likely won’t earn All-Defensive votes with his defensive ability, but he’d settle for an NBA title, which is now only seven wins away.

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Jay Mahesh Lokegaonkar

Jay Mahesh Lokegaonkar


Jay Lokegaonkar is a basketball journalist who has been following the sports as a fan 2005. He has worked in a slew of roles covering the NBA, including writer, editor, content manager, social media manager, and head of content since 2018. However, his primary passion is writing about the NBA. Especially throwback stories about the league's iconic players and franchises. Revisiting incredible tales and bringing scarcely believable stories to readers are one his main interests as a writer.

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