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Mavericks: 5 mistakes Jason Kidd made that Luka Doncic could learn from

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Jason Kidd mistake Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic can learn from: 5. Feud with Jackson

Kidd has a long storied and sometimes infamous history with the Mavs. He was drafted by Dallas second overall in 1994 and is only one of two Mavericks ever to win Rookie of the Year, Luka is the other. J-Kidd became an All-Star in 1996 and was destined for superstardom with the Mavs, but it never happened.

He was traded to the Phoenix Suns in December 1996 for Michael Finley, Sam Cassell, A.C. Green, and a second-round draft pick. At the center of his Dallas departure was a feud with teammate Jim Jackson that may or may not have involved Toni Braxton. Things became untenable and the Mavs were not winning, so they shipped J-Kidd to the Suns.

Kidd would lead Phoenix to the playoffs for five straight years, but they advanced past the first round only once. The Mavs had something brewing with Jackson, Jamal Mashburn, and J-Kidd, but egos got in the way. Kidd also missed out on playing his whole career for the franchise that drafted him and being long-time teammates with Dirk Nowitzki.

Luka Doncic can learn an important lesson about not feuding with teammates. The grass is not always greener on the other side. If Jason Kidd would have stuck with the Dallas Mavericks, his career would have certainly been quite different.

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