The Dallas Mavericks hosted the Utah Jazz in their preseason opener on Oct. 6. It was the first chance for fans to see Luka Doncic in his fourth NBA season and Jason Kidd’s first game as head coach of the Mavs. There was plenty of excitement for a preseason game.
The Jazz decided to rest Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert, Mike Conley, and Joe Ingles on Wednesday night. They were also without Bojan Bogdanovic, Rudy Gay, and Hassan Whiteside because of injuries. Utah was extremely short-handed, but the Mavs were without Dorian Finney-Smith, Dwight Powell, and Frank Ntilikina due to rest.
The preseason-opening win offered a first glimpse of the 2021-2022 Mavs. Both teams were missing multiple players making jumping to conclusions is a bit premature, but fans saw plenty that was worth taking away on Wednesday night.
Takeaways from Dallas Mavericks preseason opener versus Utah Jazz
With two starters out, head coach Jason Kidd inserted Moses Brown and Josh Green into the starting five next to Luka Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis, and Tim Hardaway Jr. in what was a surprising move. Kidd experimented with the units in the first half and played just ten players who will all be vying for rotation minutes this season. It looks like Kidd will have a 10-man rotation, and he is trying to find what groups work best.
The Mavs are increasing their aggressiveness on defense. They had two steals and four blocks in the first half when the starters were playing and look committed to creating turnovers on that end of the floor. Their defense will be something to watch all season.
Here are five other takeaways from the Dallas Mavericks 111-101 preseason win over the Utah Jazz.