The Dallas Mavericks hired Jason Kidd to replace long-time head coach Rick Carlisle this summer after the team’s second straight first-round playoff exit. Carlisle is a Hall of Fame coach, who helped the Mavs win a championship in 2011, and he has a specific way of doing things. Kidd played under Carlisle and was the point guard on Dallas’ title team, but he plans on making changes.
The biggest of those are coming on defense after the Mavericks finished 21st on that end of the floor last season. They need to improve if they are going to become true title contenders, so Kidd is adjusting the scheme. The Mavs plan to be more aggressive, are fighting over screens, and are defending pick and rolls differently. Time will tell on the impact of the changes.
Dallas had the best offense in the league in 2020, and superstar Luka Doncic is a perennial MVP candidate. It would be easy for Kidd to keep things status quo on that end of the floor, but the Hall of Fame point guard is making adjustments there too. Here is a look at what fans have seen so far.
How the Dallas Mavericks offense is changing under Jason Kidd
Kidd has made some quotes about how he wants the team to play and there has been a two preseason game tiny sample size. These are just first glances at changes and not everything may transfer into the regular season, but here are five distinct differences that have happened so far.