Grading Jason Kidd in his first season as Dallas Mavericks head coach

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Grading 2021-2022 season for Dallas Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd: Leadership

Kidd did not have the best reputation as a player's coach after two failed stints at the head job in the NBA. Mirin Fader’s book on Giannis Antetokounmpo did little to help Kidd’s case, and fans were worried things would quickly end in disaster after Kidd was selected to be the Mavs head coach last summer.

The Hall of Fame point guard learned from his past mistakes. He went the other way with his coaching style as Kidd preached chemistry and accountability from the moment he was hired. The team quickly bonded, and they only grew closer after the midseason addition of Theo Pinson.

The 6’5 wing brought the energy from the bench and forced his way onto the Mavericks roster, despite them not having an open spot. He was on a two-way deal but stayed on the bench even though he was ineligible to play in the playoffs. Pinson brought the energy and helped the team win without stepping foot on the court.

Grade for Dallas Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd’s leadership in 2021-2022 season: A-plus

Jason Kidd solved any lingering chemistry issues from the previous season and brought the Dallas Mavericks together. They played for each other and reached the Western Conference Finals under Kidd’s leadership earning him another A-plus on his report card.