The Dallas Mavericks hired Jason Kidd to be their head coach this summer, and the team’s goal is to become title contenders under the Hall of Fame point guard. Superstar Luka Doncic is going to produce monster numbers, but what impact will Kidd have on the 22-year-old and the rest of the Mavs roster?
Coach Kidd has been open about what he is attempting to accomplish during training camp. He is emphasizing communication, defense, and team chemistry. Kristaps Porzingis also has a new role that has him excited for the season. The Unicorn has more offensive freedom and is hoping to regain his All-Star form.
Fans got their first glimpse of the 2021-2022 Mavericks on Oct. 3 as the team held an open practice, which featured a 40-minute scrimmage. What can supporters take away from the annual Fan Jam?
5 takeaways from Dallas Mavericks open practice
The scrimmage was the starters on the white team with the second unit playing in the blue and the rest of the roster split between the two sides. Kidd announced his starting five to open camp, and the blue team opened the scrimmage with Jalen Brunson, Reggie Bullock, Sterling Brown, Maxi Kleber, and Willie Cauley-Stein. Those ten players are likely to round out the rotation to start the regular season.
White won the opening tip on Sunday, and Luka Doncic turned it over on the first possession. Tim Hardaway Jr. made the first basket of the scrimmage with a corner three, but it was the blue team that walked away with the win.
The open practice gave fans plenty of takeaways from their first glimpse of the 2021-2022 Dallas Mavericks, and here are the five biggest.