Luka Doncic: A change in diet and a late sprint to MVP

Luka Doncic is surely in the best moment of his career. And that’s saying a lot, of course. At the age of 22, he is going to play his third All Star this weekend, and in recent weeks he has played at an overwhelming, extraordinary level. so much that his name rises like foam in the fight for the MVP, a tremendous race this season (Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokic, Giannis Antetokounmpo…) to which the Slovenian may have joined too late. Although if he continues at his level of the previous games to this breakwill shoot their options to be for the third consecutive season in the Best Quintet.

So far in February, Doncic is averaging 36.3 points, 10.6 rebounds and 9.4 assists with 43% shooting from 3-point range. His numbers are staggering since the Mavericks traded Kristaps Porzingis to the Washington Wizards: 41.5 points, 12.3 rebounds, 7 assists and 5.5 triples per night with a 45.8% success rate. The outside shot was one of the weak points of his discreet (especially by his standards) start of the course. A stretch in which he accused the poor physical preparation with which he started the course after a very tough summer in which he linked the NBA playoffs with the Olympic Qualifiers and the Tokyo Games with Slovenia.

The debate about its preparation and his excess kilos, something that he assumed and recognized with absolute transparency, focused on a start to the season in which he also had ankle and knee problems. All that was left behind, Doncic returned to a weight close to that of his rookie year and his level was once again that of one of the best and most decisive players in the entire NBA. The Mavericks are fifth in the West and are 35-24 with one conclusive figure: 29-15 with him, 6-9 in the fifteen games he has missed. His improvement in defense is very visible, a key aspect for the growth that he still has ahead of him as a player (which is not much anymore), and he plays in a team in which no one else exceeds 16 points on average.

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That is why many already put him in the fight for the MVP. Because he has 9 triple-doubles (only Nikola Jokic and Dejounte Murray have more) and because he is the only one in the League with averages that exceed 27+9+9: 27.5 points, 9.2 rebounds and 9 assists with 43% in triples. In an exclusive interview with the journalist Callie Caplan, Doncic has once again spoken openly about his poor preparation at the start of the season and has assured that the change in his diet has been essential to regain the best all physical: “Chicken and rice with vegetables is what works best for me because I don’t eat much fish and shellfish… that has been the key for me“.

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