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Saša Dončić claims son happier despite Mavs’ slow start and Luka’s mediocre performance


With all the drama surrounding the Mavs, changes in the front office, and coaching, the main question in Dallas was, “how does Luka feel about all this?” Despite the team’s mediocre performance and Luka’s so-so numbers, Mavericks fans will be happy to know that Luka Dončić is happy in Dallas.

Luka Dončić “more than happy”

Every father wants the best for their children - just ask Lavar Ball. Saša Dončić may not be as outspoken as LaVar, but he is no different. The most important thing for him is that Luka is happy and in a place where he can succeed. According to dad, Dallas still meets all those conditions.

“More than happy. I saw his smile and I thought, ‘he’s satisfied,’. And me as a father, I’m the happiest man in the world when you see your child is happy.”

Saša Dončić, via

Had a nice chat with @luka7doncic’s father, Sasa, who is “more than happy” that Luka is a Maverick, especially because he’s getting to follow the same path as @swish41.

— Brad Townsend (@townbrad) November 28, 2021

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Luka’s numbers are not exactly eye-popping this season. In fact, his scoring is slightly down compared to last year. The Mavs are also 10-9, good for 4th in the Western Conference standings, but are playing inconsistent basketball. Depending on which night you catch them, the Mavs vary between Finals dark horse and the play-in tournament.

Luka is currently out of MVP rankings despite being voted by GMs as one of the MVP favorites this year. NBA lists him outside the Top 10, with Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Nikola Jokić, DeMar DeRozan, and Jimmy Butler occupying the Top 5. So why is Luka “happier” now despite the mediocre performance of the Mavs and below-par personal stats? The answer could be the offseason changes the front office made.

Team changes in the offseason bearing results now

The Mavs overhauled their coaching staff in the offseason and brought former Mav Jason Kidd, Dončić’s former coach Igor Kokoškov, Jared Dudley, and God Shammgod, among others. Rick Carlisle and quantitative analysis director Haralabos “Bob” Voulgaris are out - two men most mentioned as people Luka wasn’t a fan of. In a way, it really is a new start for Dallas and the players.

Kidd and Mark Cuban’s insistence of not trading Kristaps Porzingis has also worked in their favor. KP’s numbers are up this season, and he seems confident and happy on the court. Porzingis is more involved in the offense than just being a designated shooter, standing in the corner waiting for a pass from Luka. With KP happy, content and focused, there’s more reason for Luka to be happy and optimistic for the Mavs’ playoff chances. (or KP’s trade potential)

It remains to be seen how long just changing the surroundings will keep Dončić happy. At a certain point, the Mavs have to start winning consistently and playing a playoff-worthy game. The team is expected to face some challenges along the way, and those could test their chemistry. But keeping your franchise cornerstone happy and the rest focused, engaged, and content is a good start the Mavericks can build on.

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