6 solid options to replace Jason Kidd as Mavericks head coach this summer
By Tyler Watts
The Dallas Mavericks have been disappointing this season. They are two games under .500 with eight to play and in danger of missing the postseason. It is not where Dallas expected to be after a surprise run to the conference finals and with Luka Doncic just coming into his prime. Blame for the disastrous season lies everywhere, including with head coach Jason Kidd.
The Hall of Fame point guard has not been able to replicate the success of his first season in Dallas. Their much-improved defense has cratered, and the communication and chemistry that were hallmarks of their success have disappeared. The Mavericks are now limping to the finish, and fans are calling for coach Kidd to be fired.
There have been mistakes everywhere, but fans should not expect the Hall of Famer to be let go. Players like Kidd’s style (subscription required), and the front office gave him an uneven roster from start to finish. Owner Mark Cuban has had four coaches since buying the team in 2000, and he has not been quick to dump them since firing Avery Johnson in 2008. If the Mavs decide to make a change, here are six options they could look at to be their next head coach.
Option to replace Jason Kidd as Dallas Mavericks head coach: 6. Adrian Griffin
Griffin played nine years in the NBA for five different franchises. The 6’5 wing even spent two seasons in Dallas as a rotation piece on back-to-back teams that reached the conference finals in 2002 and 2003, and his son, AJ, currently plays for the Atlanta Hawks.
He has been an assistant coach in the NBA since 2008, including the last five seasons in Toronto under head coach Nick Nurse. Griffin is an NBA-lifer, who wants his chance at being a head coach. He was the Raptors acting head coach earlier this season when Nick Nurse missed time. Griffin has interviewed for head coaching openings in recent years, and he is staying ready for when his chance comes.
For the Dallas Mavericks, it would be hiring a former player with a lot of coaching experience. Adrian Griffin has played in the league, and he knows how to win NBA games. All of that is precisely what the Mavs want as they look to build a title contender around Luka Doncic.