Jason Kidd Still the Key to a Dallas Mavericks Championship

March 31st, 2010 by Keith L. Leave a reply »
At 37 years old, this is probably Jason Kidd's last shot at the NBA Championship, and it also happens to be the Dallas Mavericks best ever shot at the title.

The Mavericks acquired, who was at the time, a 34-year-old point guard nearing the end of his career in exchange for the future-of-the-franchise Devin Harris and two first round draft picks.

The Mavericks believed they needed a true floor general and seasoned veteran to lead them into the playoffs, two characteristics that Kidd possessed.

Under former coach Avery Johnson though, Kidd was restricted to passing to Dirk Nowitzki on the block and becoming a weak-side three-point shooter.

While Kidd did make 46.1 percent of his threes as a Maverick that year, Johnson did not take advantage of Kidd's strengths and was fired after being eliminated by the New Orleans Hornets in the playoffs.

Then comes Rick Carlisle, the current head coach. He began the 2008-09 season hoping to take advantage of Kidd's court vision and passing by employing the Princeton offense.

However, it was a bad fit for the rest of his team and he trashed the entire playbook in favor of let ...

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