The Dallas Mavericks unofficially begin the 2021-2022 season with their preseason opener against the Utah Jazz on Oct. 6. It will be the team’s first game under new head coach Jason Kidd, and fans opening crack to see Luka Doncic and the Mavs at the American Airlines Center.
It is just preseason, and Dallas has a plan of giving all their regular players ample rest over the four games before the regular season kicks off. Dorian Finney-Smith, Dwight Powell, and Frank Ntilikina will all sit on Wednesday night putting the Mavericks down two starters, but it provides ample opportunities for others to showcase their skills.
What should Mavs supporters be watching for in the preseason opener against the Jazz? Let us take a closer look.
3 things to watch for in Dallas Mavericks preseason opener vs. Jazz
Coach Kidd is going to be cautious with his main rotation players on Wednesday. He noted during his Oct. 5 press conference that Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis will only play in the first half, but the star duo will pair their minutes to help build chemistry.
That news means Mavericks fans are likely to see a lot of the younger players on the roster. Josh Green, Eugene Omoruyi, and JaQuori McLaughlin should play all the minutes they can handle in the second half in what will be a fantastic opportunity for their development.
Diehard Dallas Mavericks supporters may love to see that, but there will be plenty for the casual fan to watch for too. Here are the three biggest things.