Takeaway from Dallas Mavericks open practice: 5. Drive and kick
The Mavs were consistently among the top teams in 3-point attempts under head coach Rick Carlisle. The former head coach wanted his team shooting at the rim or beyond the 3-point line, and it had Dallas in the top eight in offensive rating each of the last two years, including leading the league in 2020.
The 3-pointers are not going away under new head coach Jason Kidd. During the scrimmage, the Mavs on both sides did a ton of drive and kick actions for corner triples. It led to the first basket of the contest from Tim Hardaway Jr. and Doncic found Dorian Finney-Smith spotting up in the corner as well. Kidd talked during media day about helping Luka trust his teammates and exploiting drive and kicks appears to be one way the Hall of Famer is planning on creating open shots.
The Mavericks superstar is one of the best pick and roll ball-handlers in the league, and fans saw plenty of them during the open practice. Doncic finished with 18 points, seven assists, and six rebounds with a handful of the dimes coming off drive and kick actions. It will be interesting to see if that carries over to Wednesday’s preseason game against the Utah Jazz and beyond.