It’s a beautiful thing when two high-IQ ballers share the court with each other.
Passing lanes are always there, even when they aren’t, and the plays develop quickly before the defense even realizes what is happening. That’s exactly what happened late in the first quarter when Seth Curry and Luka Doncic hooked up for one of the more spectacular plays you’ve seen this season:
Pass of the year? @sdotcurry | @luka7doncic | #MFFL pic.twitter.com/wzYgXddcSk— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) December 27, 2019
The play develops with Curry receiving the ball from Doncic just below the outer edge of the logo at center court. From there, Curry runs around a Maxi Kleber “ball screen” while Kristaps Porzingis sets a back screen for Doncic on the wing.
Meanwhile, Curry probes his way to the free throw line and hesitates long enough for Doncic to make a break for the rim while his defender (Patty Mills) gets caught on the Porzingis screen.
What makes this play awe-inspiring, though, is the flair. Curry doesn’t simply make a fundamental bounce pass — you know, the type that’s drilled in youth basketball camps across the world. Ignoring the basics, Curry flips his hips and back parallel with the baseline and flicks the ball behind his back in perfect placement for Doncic to gather on the run and slam it home.
And another... pic.twitter.com/uigAh77OGg— Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) December 27, 2019
At his core, Doncic is a showman, and it manifests itself in his step back jumpers and flashy passes. So it was no surprise to see him find enjoyment in Curry’s flashy dime.
#MFFL— MavsHighlights (@MavsHighlights) December 27, 2019
I love watching Luka enjoying his teammates making plays pic.twitter.com/zyJp3CJUlb
This team is fun, y’all.