The Dallas Mavericks are valuing communication under new head coach Jason Kidd. Multiple players discussed the change during media day, and it appears to be having the largest impact on Kristaps Porzingis. The Unicorn is set to play a new role in Kidd's system that includes having more freedom on the offensive end of the floor. He is excited about the change and hoping to return to his All-Star form.
Kidd said during media day that he planned to start the year with KP playing the four. That seemingly created a wide-open battle for the starting center spot to begin the season, but Kidd discussed his plan further on Sept. 29.
Dallas Mavericks plan to start Dwight Powell: What does it mean?
Powell is the team's best roll man and lob threat. He figures to be the primary pick and roll partner for superstar Luka Doncic, which allows KP to space the floor. Dallas wants to spread things out and let Luka carve up the defense, which Powell will play a key role in accomplishing.
The Mavs will need more from DP on the defensive end this year. He struggled last season as he returned from Achilles surgery. Powell provides energy and effort that can be contagious, and the team needs him to defend well on the perimeter with Porzingis locking down the paint.
Dwight Powell is the favorite to start, but that does not mean he will be in the Mavericks' closing lineup. Most teams are going to play small, and coach Kidd could take advantage by playing Kristaps Porzingis at the five. The team's closing lineup is one of the many things still left to sort out during training camp.
New Dallas Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd let fans know he plans to start Dwight Powell. His openness and communication should be appreciated by fans. Expect that to continue throughout training camp and into the regular season. Supporters should be excited for the journey as the Mavs look to vault into title contention this season. Stay tuned to The Smoking Cuban for all the latest.