The Dallas Mavericks underwent some massive behind-the-scenes changes this offseason. Donnie Nelson left the organization after over two decades and was replaced by Nico Harrison. Head coach Rick Carlisle resigned following Nelson’s departure, and the Mavs hired Jason Kidd to fill his role. Staffing changes around their two new pillars occurred.
Fans have been wondering about the coaching staff since Kidd was hired. News slowly trickled in about additions, but nothing was made official. The latest was Jared Dudley retiring as a player to join Kidd’s staff. Who will return from last season? What new coaches are on board?
The Mavericks made his coaching staff official on Aug. 31. Let us take a closer look at the eight-person staff, and where the former Mavs coach landed.
Dallas Mavericks make Jason Kidd’s coaching staff official
Kidd will be the leader with former Phoenix Suns head coach Igor Kokoskov filling in as his number two. Kokoskov coached the Slovenian National Team to the EuroBasket championship in 2017. Sean Sweeny and Dudley will join Kidd and Kokoskov on the front of the bench. Kidd also brought in Greg St. Jean and Kristi Tolliver.
Three coaches return from Rick Carlisle’s staff. Darrell Armstrong will back as an assistant coach. The Mavericks also retained player development coach God Shammgod and shooting coach Peter Patton. Patton may be the most important after his work helping improve the shots of Maxi Kleber, Dorian Finney-Smith, and Tim Hardaway Jr. in recent years.
For fans wondering, Rick Carlisle took the head coaching job with the Pacers, and Mike Weinar and Jenny Boucek joined his staff in Indiana. Former Mavericks' top assistant Jamahl Mosley is now the head coach of the Orlando Magic. Zach Guthrie joined the Wizards staff as an assistant, and Mike Shedd is still looking for a gig for the coming season.
The Dallas Mavericks have a strong staff around head coach Jason Kidd. They are already preparing for training camp and getting ready to help the team take the next step this season. Keep it locked to The Smoking Cuban for all the latest.