The Dallas Mavericks hired Jason Kidd as their head coach after Rick Carlisle resigned this summer. Carlisle had been in the position since 2008, and now the Hall of Fame point guard will be in charge of leading the Mavs into title contention with Luka Doncic in the superstar role.
Hiring Kidd was not the only move Dallas made this offseason. Nico Harrison replaced Donnie Nelson as general manager and president of basketball operations with both new hires revamping their staffs. The Mavericks wanted to make a massive splash in free agency, but they settled for filling holes and upgrading on the margins.
Carlisle is one of the best coaches in the NBA, and he has a specific coaching style. Things will be different under Kidd. There will be changes to the offense, defense, and way personnel is used. Expect the Hall of Fame point guard to do some lineup experimentation too. Here is a look at five he has to try in the 2021-2022 season.
5 lineups Dallas Mavericks coach Jason Kidd has to try this season
Fans already know how some of the lineups and pairing on the Mavs roster will work. For example, using Maxi Kleber and Willie Cauley-Stein together in the frontcourt had a 16.1 net rating last season, and the Kristaps Porzingis and Dwight Powell duo sat at negative 10.0.
The additions of Reggie Bullock, Sterling Brown, and Moses Brown give Jason Kidd more options as he searches for lineups that work well together. Here are five he has to try this season with an attempt at avoiding the obvious.