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Dallas Mavericks: How will the offense be different under Jason Kidd?

Dallas Mavericks Jason Kidd Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Dallas Mavericks Jason Kidd Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks Jason Kidd Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

How Dallas Mavericks will be different under Jason Kidd: 4. Movement off the ball

The Mavs under Carlisle were stagnant away from the ball. Luka would often take a high screen with the roll man diving to the rim or popping to the 3-point line, but the other three players all camped beyond the arc with little movement.

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Kidd’s Bucks did not play that way. Here Giannis runs the pick and pop with Khris Middleton as Thon Maker cuts for an easy score.

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Last regular season, the Mavericks produced 5.5 cuts per game, which ranked 29th in the league despite scoring 1.3 points per possession off the play. Kidd’s Bucks used it 10.3 times to rank third in the league in attempts and seventh in efficiency. Movement away from the ball can and will result in easy buckets.

It is one way Dallas is likely to try to get Kristaps Porzingis more involved next season. Having a 7’3 big man cut to the basket for an easy score is difficult to stop.

Luka Doncic is comfortable executing these types of plays. The Slovenian National Team ran them to a semifinal berth in the Olympic Games. They overcame their lack of talent with smart basketball and Luka. The Dallas Mavericks can adopt a similar style. Jason Kidd talked about using it on 105.3 The Fan’s GBag Nation. Expect the Dallas Mavericks to be moving more and creating additional easy buckets.

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