Case against Jason Kidd being a bust with the Dallas Mavericks
Kidd led the Nets to the second round of the playoffs in his rookie season as a head coach. They had not made it that far in the postseason season since 2007 and did not make it back until last season. Former Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle is one of the best coaches in the NBA, but he has not seen the second round of the playoff since Dallas won the title in 2011. J-Kidd’s exit will forever cloud the success he had in Brooklyn.
He inherited a talented Bucks team the following season that was coming off a 15-win campaign. Kidd led them to 41 wins and a surprising playoff appearance in his first season in charge. Milwaukee made the playoffs in three of the four years J-Kidd started the season as head coach, despite him not being fired before the last postseason run. Giannis Antetokounmpo became an All-Star under the Hall of Famer’s watch with Khris Middleton blossoming from second-round pick to 20-point per game scorer.
Jason Kidd’s coaching style and personality may not be for everybody, but his teams have improved during his tenure. Arguably both teams overachieved in their first season with Kidd in charge. Yes, the Bucks became a 60-win team following Kidd’s exit, but he laid the foundation for success in Milwaukee that culminated in them winning the championship last season.