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Mavericks: How the offense is changing under Jason Kidd

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Change to Dallas Mavericks offense under Jason Kidd: 4. Basketball players

Coach Kidd has talked since media day about wanting the Mavericks to be “basketball players”. He is giving them the freedom to attack, make plays, and create open shots. The Hall of Famer has mentioned several times about find ways for Kristaps Porzingis to showcase his entire skillset, and the Unicorn is excited about that opportunity.

KP is not a dominant player in the post. He often gets position and uses his size to shot over defenders in the mid-range like this.

Kidd is encouraging those types of attacks, and not just from Porzingis. He wants the entire team to be “basketball players” and to have that freedom to make plays.

The new head coach has also discussed playing superstar Luka Doncic off the ball more this season, so he can keep the superstar fresh for late-game situations. Giving other players freedom to attack and create helped the Mavs generate this wide-open triple for Doncic.

Having Luka allows others to have more freedom because at any moment the superstar can take control of the offense and get the Dallas Mavericks a bucket. Fans have already seen more from Porzingis, Dwight Powell, Maxi Kleber, Boban Marjanovic, and Tim Hardaway Jr. in the first two preseason games. The less structured roles are doing wonders for the team’s chemistry too.