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Colin Cowherd Thinks Luka Doncic Is Just Carmelo Anthony With Three-Point Shooting

Apr 2, 2024; San Francisco, California, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) holds up his hand before heading towards the team bench against the Golden State Warriors in the third quarter at the Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports Carmelo Anthony. Nathaniel S. Butler/Getty Images

Colin Cowherd compares Luka Doncic to Carmelo Anthony. However, he thinks the Dallas Mavericks guard is more of a three-point threat than the latter.

Colin Cowherd Gives Luka Doncic His Flowers

The broadcaster talks about his take on Doncic on his show, The Herd. However, it isn’t the be-all-end-all metric for the guard and his team. Instead, Cowherd is basing this on his performance, not the teams he’ll lead.

He thinks the 25-year-old is better on the court, specifically with how well he plays and shoots the three-point shot. The 60-year-old claims the young Mavericks player can shoot from beyond the arc better than Anthony.

“[He’s] sort of Carmelo Anthony with a more refined game, better range. I don’t know if I’m getting anything on the other end, I don’t know if his teams will succeed in the playoffs, I don’t know if he’s the greatest teammate but buckets? This is ‘Melo with a three-point shot.”

Colin Cowherd

Furthermore, he starts a tirade about James Harden being a ball hog. This contrasts Doncic’s playmaking-first mindset over taking shots. However, he thinks that Dallas can make use of this aspect more than they are this season.

Mar 29, 2024; Sacramento, California, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) delivers a no-look pass in front of Sacramento Kings forward Kessler Edwards (17) and forward Harrison Barnes (40) in the fourth quarter at the Golden 1 Center. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
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He points towards Kyrie Irving as a possible shooter for the team, providing the young guard more opportunities to pass the ball.

“I had my doubts when people fell in love with James Harden, I’m like, ‘You can’t have the ball that much in your hands.’ He’s gotta find somebody where he can be off-ball much more, maybe it is Kyrie and he’s gotta get talked into it.”

Colin Cowherd

One can make the argument that Doncic is more of a three-point shooter than Anthony. However, they had similar three-point percentages throughout their career, with the former boasting 34.6 percent and Anthony a bit higher with 35.5 percent, respectively.

Meanwhile, the Slovenian guard takes more three-pointers, with an average of 8.6 attempts per game, which overshadows Anthony’s 3.9 attempts per game.

The Three-Point Comparison Isn’t The Issue

Fans find this comparison insulting to the up-and-coming superstar from Dallas. More specifically, Doncic boasts excellent playmaking skills and on-court vision. Users point out that this comparison shouldn’t be made as the retired forward didn’t prioritize passing to teammates.

This point gets proven further when you compare their assists. The Mavericks player boasts an average of 8.3 assists a game throughout his career. Meanwhile, the 39-year-old only assisted 2.7 times a game.

Was this a fair comparison?