Jason Kidd should not take the blame for the Dallas Mavericks uneven roster
Coach Kidd has preached defense since taking the job, but the front office has not given him a roster that fits that style. They were in the bottom ten in defensive rating before trading away their best defender to get Kyrie Irving. Yes, the Mavs wanted a second star, but they have not built their roster to their coach’s style of play.
It started in the offseason with trading for Christian Wood. The 6’10 big man has a unique and special offensive skill set, but he has always been a below-average defender. He just does not fit into the way Kidd wants to play. It is like trying to make spaghetti and meatballs with chicken and rice. There are plenty of delicious meals to cook with the ingredients on hand, but it is not what you want to make.
Beyond that, the Mavs do not have a balanced roster. Their personnel is tilted too heavily towards the offensive end of the floor. Dallas does not have a perimeter stopper or any rim protection. They are the worst rebounding team in the league and dreadful defensively. None of that should fall on Kidd’s shoulders. Owner Mark Cuban and the front office must add more talent this summer or Dallas will face a similar fate next season.
Coach Kidd did not put the roster together, but he should take some blame for how he is making them play.