The Dallas Mavericks prepare to face the New Orleans Pelicans, coming off a scorching hot 144-126 victory over the LA Clippers.
Looking to add to the 7-2 hot start, much credit for this success should go to head coach Jason Kidd, whose coaching and strong understanding of the game have played a crucial role in the team's wins.
Kidd's impact goes beyond just scheming how to score points; he's also implemented a well-thought-out defensive strategy that has made the Mavericks more solid on defense.
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With guys buying in on defense and combining that with their offensive strength. Kidd has helped the team start the season hot, reminiscent of their 2022 Western Conference finals run.
Coach Kidd has made numerous favorable decisions, and the lineups and rotations have been efficient. The emergence of Dereck Lively II and Derrick Jones Jr. is a testament to the effectiveness of the Mavs' system, which emphasizes spacing and athleticism.
One of his recent decisions includes sending Olivier-Maxence Prosper to the Texas Legends, the Mavericks' G League affiliate.
The decision may be perceived as controversial by some fans, but it is a positive move. A crucial aspect for young players is getting valuable in-game experience, and Coach Kidd understands the significance of this, particularly for a raw talent like O-Max.
Developing skills in real-game scenarios is a priority, and sending the player to the G League aligns with this developmental strategy. We should expect O-Max Prosper to transition between both rosters throughout his rookie season.
The Mavericks had a very poor year on defense last season, and they hope to capture their defensive prowess from the 2021-22 season. Schematically, it shouldn't be that challenging, and hopefully, an upgrade in personnel and emphasis on the urgency on defense gets the Mavericks back to the level they're seeking.
For all the latest on Jason Kidd and the Dallas Mavericks this season, stay tuned.