Dallas Mavericks: 5 biggest takeaways from 2021 media day

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The Dallas Mavericks are officially back. Media day happened on Monday and gave fans a chance to see and hear from the players for the first time in the 2021-2022 season. Now, the work begins. The Mavs did not hide the fact that they want to win a championship this year, but Luka Doncic and company need to keep improving throughout the season to make it a reality.

The first thing that jumped out at media day was the excitement about the season and playing for new head coach Jason Kidd and his staff. Multiple players talked about the change in communication and the value placed on their input since Kidd has taken the reigns. The team is focused on building chemistry and improving at the start of training camp.

Kidd is going to make changes, and he discussed some of them at media day. Fans will learn more as training camp progresses, but the Mavs want to play faster and have the freedom to shoot from anywhere. Former head coach Rick Carlisle was focused on efficiency with shots coming in the paint or beyond the 3-point line, but expect plenty of mid-rangers from the team this season. That was far from the only thing fans learned at media day.

5 biggest takeaways from Dallas Mavericks media day

Jason Kidd and the players did interviews on media day. Fans got to see the new additions wearing their Mavs uniform for the first time, and multiple players discussed the team’s focus on improving on the defensive end. Expect there to be a lot of work on the Mavericks’ D over the three weeks before the regular-season opener.

Here are the five biggest takeaways for Dallas Mavericks supporters from media day.