Takeaway from Dallas Mavericks open practice: 3. Center as offensive hub
Coach Jason Kidd spent the last two seasons as an assistant for the Los Angeles Lakers, and he may have taken a page or two out of Frank Vogel’s playbook. The 48-year-old wants to limit Luka Doncic’s workload a bit and find ways to get him working off the ball, so he added a new wrinkle with the center being the offensive hub like Anthony Davis does for the Lakers. Dallas does not have an option of that caliber, but Dwight Powell, Willie Cauley-Stein, and Maxi Kleber all worked out of those actions.
Kleber had a monster 15-point game to lead the blue team in scoring, and he looked fantastic playing with a bit more freedom to operate.
It will be interesting to see what types of plays Kidd can cook up out of these sets. It was a lot of handoffs and simple reads during the open practice, but things could become more complex as the season progresses. The Mavs need a secondary creator on the floor next to Luka, and the Hall of Famer may have found a workaround by using his big men as offensive hubs. These sets are something to watch closely this season.