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Mavericks: Is the team’s leadership council a good idea?

Dallas Mavericks, Kristaps Porzingis, Luka Doncic
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Dallas Mavericks, Luka Doncic
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Case against the Dallas Mavericks leadership council being a good idea

Other coaches have tried to create leadership councils in the past, and the results have been mixed. Issues normally arise when the council becomes the main voice and not part of the decision-making process. Players play and coaches coach for a reason. Great players do not always make outstanding coaches or general managers. They are different jobs that take unique skillsets.

Fans will point to the leadership council being involved in starting Dwight Powell as an example of it not always being optimal. Powell is a fantastic person and an outstanding pick and roll partner for superstar Luka Doncic, but he is not one of the Mavericks five best players. Their top lineup will feature Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis surrounded by three guards/wings.

Coach Kidd does not have to play those lineups a ton during the regular season. He could be planning to use another trick he learned in Los Angeles. Anthony Davis played primarily at the four during the regular season of the Lakers title run in 2020 before shifting to the five in the playoffs.

Head coach Jason Kidd cannot rely solely on the leadership council to make decisions. He can let the players have input, but ultimately, he must make the difficult calls throughout the long season. So far, the Dallas Mavericks have improved every game and are slowly starting to hit their stride.