The Dallas Mavericks hired Jason Kidd to be their head coach this summer after Rick Carlisle resigned the post. Kidd was drafted by the Mavs back in 1994 and made his first All-Star team before being traded to Phoenix in 1996. Kidd returned to Dallas in 2008 and was the team’s starting point guard on their 2011 championship team.
It will not be the Hall of Fame point guard’s first stint as a head coach. He retired from playing in 2013 and immediately jumped into the head coaching role of the Brooklyn Nets. Kidd led a star-studded roster to the second round of the playoffs in his lone season in Brooklyn before being traded to Milwaukee where he spent three and half seasons and made two postseason appearances.
Kidd’s head coaching record sits at 183-190 as he takes over the Mavs following two seasons as an assistant with the Lakers. The 48-year-old has two championship rings and the vast experience of a Hall of Fame playing resume, but will he have more success as a head coach in Dallas?
Will Dallas Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd be a bust?
Kidd has a 27-year past in the NBA that follows him, including one where nearly every exit he makes is not on stellar terms. ESPN profiled a list of his incidents back in 2014 just after he was traded from the Nets to the Bucks. The Hall of Famer’s first two exits from Dallas were with some controversy, but he was far from a bust for the Mavericks.
Will new Dallas Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd end his tenure with that label? Here is the case for and against before reaching a prediction.