The Dallas Mavericks hired Jason Kidd to be their head coach this offseason after Rick Carlisle resigned. The Hall of Fame point guard jumped at the chance to work with Luka Doncic and to build his former team back into championship contenders.
The Mavs added Reggie Bullock, Sterling Brown, and Frank Ntilikina this offseason to improve their wing depth and floor spacing. Kidd plans on taking those pieces adding internal growth from the roster and some scheme changes to help Dallas jump into the title picture. Fans saw just how special Luka can be in the first preseason game, and the best is yet to come from the 2021-2022 Mavericks.
Fans know Kidd is going to make some adjustments. His defensive scheme is beginning to take shape. The Hall of Famer noted he wants Kristaps Porzingis more involved in the offense, but he is making a philosophy change too. Let us take a closer look.
Dallas Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd wants fewer threes
Kidd talked following the first preseason game about how he wants the Mavs taking shots from all over the floor. See his quote below.
"I think it’s a balance. We saw Utah shoot 60 threes tonight or somewhere around there. That’s part of the game, but the other part of the game is being able to take those twos to get a rhythm. We are going to have a balance and not just going to rely on jump shooting because that can leave you at any part of the season or in the playoffs. If that happens, you don’t have anything to fall back on and that means it’s an early exit. We want to have that balance where we don’t rely on the three, and we can play out of the post."
That is a significant change from former coach Rick Carlisle’s system where he wanted shots coming at the rim or beyond the arc exclusively. The Mavs had the top offense in the NBA in 2020, but they failed to make it out of the first round of the playoffs for two straight years. Will the added mid-range shots be an upgrade? Coach Kidd believes it will give Dallas a better chance of winning in the postseason. Fans can hear his full postgame presser below.
Luka Doncic had his mid-range game on display against the Utah Jazz in the preseason opener, but Kristaps Porzingis struggled from that area. It will be interesting to see how much the Dallas Mavericks attack in the mid-range and where the results land. So far, head coach Jason Kidd’s adjustments have gone over well, but time will tell if the Mavs improve.
Stay tuned to The Smoking Cuban for all the latest updates on Dallas Mavericks this season, including how their schemes are changing under head coach Jason Kidd. Diehard fans will not want to miss it.