How Dallas Mavericks will be different under Jason Kidd: 2. Less 3s, more paint
Carlisle’s Mavericks were near the top of the league in 3-pointers every season. He emphasized shots at the rim and beyond the arc in recent years. When the Mavs led the NBA in offensive rating in 2020, they were second in 3-point tries and 28th at shots in the restricted area. Kidd had a different team in Milwaukee, but they were 24th in threes and third inside.
There is going to more cutting and off the ball movement, which will create additional shots at the rim. Coach Jason Kidd wants to attack the paint and get easy buckets. It will be a significant emphasis during this season.
The 3-point attempts will also drop because Kidd will give Mavs players the freedom to attack in the mid-range. Do not be surprised to see both Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis take more long twos this season. Dallas has deemphasized this shot in recent seasons, but Kidd knows its value, especially in the postseason.
There will still be plenty of 3-pointers next season. The Dallas Mavericks added two lights-out shooters in Reggie Bullock and Sterling Brown. Luka is a master at finding open triples when the defense overcommits on him, but expect a drop as the Mavs look to score more at the rim under Kidd.