Dallas Mavericks biggest question heading into season: 4. What changes does Kidd make?
Arguably the biggest changes the Mavs made this offseason did not happen on the court but in their leadership. Donnie Nelson and Rick Carlisle, who joined owner Mark Cuban as the architects of their 2011 championship team, were ousted this offseason. Bill Clinton was President of the United States when Nelson took over as general manager of the Mavericks with Carlisle joining as head coach in 2008. Losing both in 24 hours following less than flattering front office reports was a seismic shift for the franchise.
Dallas hired Nico Harrison to replace Nelson, and Hall of Fame point guard Jason Kidd takes over head coach. It is Harrison’s first front office gig after nearly two decades of working with Nike. Kidd has been a head coach at two previous stops with neither ending well, but his teams have made the playoffs three times in his four full seasons in charge.
What adjustment does Kidd make? He will look to get the Mavericks’ offense back to producing at an elite level with minor tweaks, but expect Dallas to let Luka Doncic work his magic for the most part. It is the other end of the floor that is the most interesting.