Takeaway from Dallas Mavericks open practice: 4. Movement
The Mavs offense under Rick Carlisle relied heavily on Luka Doncic. He was the lead ball-handler and playmaker, and sometimes it felt like the rest of the team was just spotting up and watching the 22-year-old superstar cook.
New head coach Jason Kidd appears to be changing that. During the open practice, Dallas had a lot more movement off the ball. They were setting screens and cutting to the basket. The first basket of the scrimmage featured four passes and three different screens being set.
Luka Doncic thrived leading the Slovenian National Team at the Olympics. Their offense featured a lot of off-the-ball movement, and the Mavericks superstar craved up defenses in FIBA play. Coach Kidd is taking a page out of that playbook and creating more actions for the Mavs. It should generate open looks and make Luka and the Mavericks nearly impossible to stop.
Kidd continues to tell the team he wants to play unselfish basketball, and Dallas’ starters moved the ball and keep things flowing during the scrimmage. Luka Doncic was not locked in as he attempted to put on a show, but fans got a glimpse of how the Dallas Mavericks are planning on attacking on the offensive end of the floor.