How Dallas Mavericks will be different under Jason Kidd: 3. Drive and kick
Summer league head coach Greg St. Jean discussed how the Mavs could look different this season, and one thing he mentioned was more driving and kicking. It is one way Luka and the Mavericks could take the next step.
Last season, Dallas drove the ball 47.2 times per game, which ranked 13th in the league. They scored 28.7 points per game off drives to finish fifth in the NBA, but their assist percentage of 9.8 sat 16th.
Kidd’s 2016-2017 Bucks were fourth in the league in drives, 15th in points off drives, and second in assist percentage. They had a much greater emphasis on finding the open man off a drive.
Luka Doncic is one of the best drives in the league. His 20.2 per game last season was the second-most in the league. The 22-year-old shot 59.2 percent from the field and scored 12.2 points per game off drives. No defense can stop Doncic from getting into the paint.
Working with Kidd could take this part of his game to the next level. Luka does wonders driving already, but his 11.2 assist percentage is not among the top 50 players with at least five drives per game. Doncic has the vision and passing ability to hit open teammates. Coach Kidd is going to create more of those looks this season.
Expect the Dallas Mavericks to be one of the best teams in the league at driving the ball. Luka’s scoring coupled with an emphasis on freeing his teammates will make them nearly unstoppable.