The Dallas Mavericks hired Jason Kidd to be their head coach in June 2021, and the move was met with much criticism. The Hall of Fame point guard flamed out in his two previous coaching stops, and his coaching style with the Bucks and Nets had been questioned.
Kidd spent two seasons as a Lakers assistant before coming back to Dallas where he helped Los Angeles win a championship inside the bubble, but nobody expected his tenure with the Mavericks to be this successful. The team got off to a bit of a slow start this season as they ironed things out under coach Kidd, and superstar Luka Doncic played his way into shape. Since the start of 2022, Dallas has the fourth-best record in the NBA, and no team wants to face them in the postseason.
J-Kidd has exceeded all expectations with the Mavericks, but what has made the 48-year-old so successful in his third stint as a head coach? Here is a closer look.
How Jason Kidd has exceeded all expectations as Dallas Mavericks head coach
Give credit to Kidd. The criticisms of his previous head coaching stops are warranted, but he learned from his mistakes. Fans expected it to be a downgrade when he replaced Rick Carlisle, arguably the best head coach in franchise history, but the Mavs have improved in almost every facet, and they are ready to take the next step with superstar Luka Doncic.
Here is a look at how Jason Kidd has improved the Dallas Mavericks to exceed all expectations.