The Dallas Mavericks have a new head coach for the first time since 2008 after Rick Carlisle resigned this offseason. Hall of Fame point guard Jason Kidd is taking the reins, and he has plenty on his plate, including getting more out of Kristaps Porzingis. Luka Doncic and the Mavs face plenty of expectations this season, but will they deliver?
Dallas was hoping to land the marquee free agent that jumped them into title contention, but they could not make it happen. The Mavericks added Reggie Bullock and Sterling Brown to improve their wing depth and more moves could on the horizon. They improved this offseason, but only on the margins.
Training camp is less than a month away, and Kidd must sort out his closing lineup. Last season, Dallas finished tenth in the league with a 54.5 winning percentage in clutch games per NBA Stats. They would love to improve that number, and finding the right combination is key.
Dallas Mavericks best closing lineups for the 2021-2022 season
Luka Doncic led the Mavs with 89 clutch minutes last season, but the other four most played might surprise fans. In order, they were Dorian Finney-Smith, Tim Hardaway Jr., Josh Richardson, and Jalen Brunson. Kristaps Porzingis was seventh on the team but only played in 25 of their 33 clutch games because of injury.
The Dallas Mavericks are likely to use different closing lineups depending on the situation. Luka and KP will be staples when available, but the players around them will change. Here are the five best options for coach Jason Kidd.