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Mavericks: How the offense is changing under Jason Kidd

Dallas Mavericks, Jason Kidd
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Dallas Mavericks, Kristaps Porzingis, Luka Doncic
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Change to Dallas Mavericks offense under Jason Kidd: 3. More KP

Coach Kidd wants to help Kristaps Porzingis return to his All-Star form and make him the Unicorn again. Part of that is getting him back to being an elite rim protector on the defensive end of the floor, but the new head coach also wants KP to be able to attack from anywhere.

Porzingis posted up 3.7 possessions per game last season, per NBA Stats, which ranked 13th in the league. The Unicorn had 5.6 a night during his All-Star season in New York and sat fourth. So far, the Mavericks have attempted to exploit mismatches and do it in transition situations. See KP take advantage in the preseason opener versus the Utah Jazz below.

Ultimately, Jason Kidd and the Dallas Mavericks want Kristaps Porzingis to be the team’s second star and the running mate for Luka Doncic that lifts the team into title contention. The role change has KP reinvigorated. His added touches where he wants them on the floor have helped spring his defense to life. Giving Porzingis more freedom on offense could result in a monster season from the Unicorn that has him back in the All-Star game.

Expect KP to play a different role this season, and fans should be watching its impact on the team closely.