Dallas Mavericks best coaching replacement for Rick Carlisle: 5. Jason Kidd
The Hall of Fame point guard has an impressive resume and plenty of ties to the Mavs. He was drafted by Dallas in 1994 before being dealt to the Suns in 1996. Kidd returned to the Mavericks in 2008 and was the point guard on their championship team in 2011. He is a ten-time All-Star with 19 years of NBA playing experience where he filled nearly every role.
Kidd retired in 2013 and immediately became head coach of the Brooklyn Nets. He led them to the playoffs in his lone season in charge before being traded to the Milwaukee Bucks. Kidd spent four years in Milwaukee. He led the Bucks to the playoffs twice but underachieved before being fired after just 45 games in the 2017-2018 season.
Kidd has been the lead assistant for the Los Angeles Lakers for the last two seasons where he won his second NBA championship inside the bubble in 2020.
The 48-year-old is a brilliant basketball mind that figures to have plenty of interest in the job, but his two previous head coaching stints have not gone well. Milwaukee was 42-40 in his last full season as head coach and knocked out in the first round of the playoffs. They went 44-36 when he was fired midseason, including 21-16 after Kidd departed. Coach Bud led them to 60 wins the following season and had them in the Eastern Conference Finals. His track record as a head coach should worry Mark Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks.
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