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Mavericks: 3 defensive improvements fans have seen this preseason

Dallas Mavericks, Kristaps Porzingis, Luka Doncic
Dallas Mavericks, Kristaps Porzingis, Luka Doncic / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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The Dallas Mavericks led the league in offensive rating in 2020, and were eighth last season, despite all the early season setbacks. Luka Doncic is an unstoppable offensive force that is going to have Dallas playing at an elite level on that end of the floor.

New head coach Jason Kidd has made improving their defense a priority. Dallas finished 21st last season, and it has held them back from being true title contenders. The Mavs need Kristaps Porzingis protecting the rim and just better overall play on that end of the floor.

The Mavericks are undefeated through their first three preseason games, and it is dangerous to make any bold proclamations based on contests that do not count in the standings, but here is a closer look at the defensive improvements Dallas has already showcased.

Dallas Mavericks are already showcasing defensive improvements

Head coach Jason Kidd has empowered the players, and fans can see dividends of that on both ends of the floor. Kristaps Porzingis has talked about the new coaching staff allowing him to play his game, and Kidd continues to say he wants everyone to have the freedom to make the proper play.

The Hall of Fame point guard has changed the Mavs defensive scheme, and those adjustments have the team sitting with an 89.0 defensive rating in the preseason, which ranks second in the NBA.

It is way too early to look at numbers, and who knows if those improvements will hold, but the Dallas Mavericks are doing these three things better on the defensive end of the floor under coach Kidd.