Biggest focus points for Dallas Mavericks in training camp: 1. Defense
The Mavs made the Seth Curry for Josh Richardson swap on draft night 2020 because they were looking to improve their defense after finishing with the top offensive in the league but failing to advance past the first round of the playoffs. The trade backfired as Dallas slipped on both ends of the floor and was knocked out by the Clippers in the opening round for the second straight year.
The Mavericks allowed 112.3 points per 100 possessions last season, which ranked 21st in the NBA. Since 2001, only one team has won the NBA title and finished outside the top ten in defensive rating during the regular season, and it was the 2018 Warriors, who were 11th. The Mavs must improve on this end of the floor if they are going to become serious title contenders.
Coach Kidd used an aggressive defensive scheme during his time as head coach in Milwaukee that was largely figured out by the end of his tenure. How will the Hall of Famer change things with Dallas? He spent the last two seasons working with the Lakers, who finished in the top three in defensive rating each year. What can J-Kidd take from that experience to use with the Mavs?
Expect the Dallas Mavericks’ primary focus during training camp to be defense. How much can they improve under Jason Kidd? Stay tuned to find out.