4 Improvements the Mavericks need to make in order to make the playoffs

Here are four things the Dallas Mavericks need to do better next season if they hope to make it back into the playoffs.

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1. Jason Kidd's coaching

The last change the Dallas Mavericks need to make in order to get back to the postseason is Jason Kidd's coaching style. Kidd did a fantastic job coaching in his first year in Dallas by getting to the Western Conference Finals before falling to the Golden State Warriors. After losing to the Warriors, the Mavericks lost some assistant coaches.

One of the biggest pet peeves that I have of Kidd is his ability to call timeouts at the right time. There were a couple of times that their opponent would go on a 12-0 run and retake the lead before Kidd called timeout. I know he was trying to save timeouts for when the Mavericks really needed them, but sometimes you got to burn one to stop the other teams' momentum and regroup.

The other thing that also drove me crazy was Kidd's playcalling at the end of the game. He has got to draw up plays for other players on the team if they want to be more creative at the end of games this upcoming season.

Opponents automatically know to double-team Luka Doncic or Kyrie Irving in the final seconds of the game. They know Kidd is going to draw up a play for both of them. Setting up another player for the final basket is something Kidd should work on this season.

If the Mavericks improve upon the four things that I just mentioned, they will get back into the playoffs next season.

And with all the changes they made to the roster this summer, I have no doubt the Mavericks will improve, and we will have some postseason basketball in Dallas next April.

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