Luka Doncic carried the Dallas Mavericks on his back throughout the team’s run to the Western Conference finals.

Yet, for Stephen A. Smith, that wasn’t enough. The ESPN First Take analysis and TV personality said he believes that Doncic was holding the Mavericks back.

“As great as Luka is, he’s held himself and the Dallas Mavericks back from being all he can be and all they can be,” said Smith on ESPN’s First Take. “Because as great as he is, he leaves something on the floor, because he’s never in shape.”

Smith’s remarks in context

It’s hard to believe that Doncic, who made the All-NBA First Team for the third consecutive year, still needs to do more in Smith’s eyes.

Though he missed the first three games of the NBA playoffs, Doncic returned and averaged 31 points, 9 rebounds and 6.4 assists through 15 games. Doncic scored 30-plus points in nine playoff games, and he led his team in almost every statistical category.

Still, to Smith, that is not good enough.

It’s no secret that Doncic needs to work on his body. However, he seemingly played just fine through a grueling every other-day playoff schedule—no easy feat. Nonetheless, where Smith is correct is that Doncic can still get better.

That is scary for the rest of the league.

If Doncic comes into the NBA season in shape — the same shape he was in during the Mavericks’ deep playoff push —  it won’t be long until he is crowned a league MVP and an NBA champion.

Smith may have some asinine takes, but he may also be on to something — we haven’t seen the best of Doncic yet.

“People are going to talk about it, yes or no,” Doncic said back in December. “I know I’ve got to do better… I had a long summer. I had the Olympics, took three weeks off, and I relaxed a little bit. Maybe too much. I’ve just got to get back on track.”

Suffice it to say, Doncic did — in fact — get back on track.

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