Like many teams across the NBA, the Dallas Mavericks are still figuring things out this season. That resulted in a slower-than-expected start to the current campaign, as the team has a 13-11 record through their first 24 games, which isn't bad but isn't at the same pace the team was on last season when they managed to make it to the Western Conference Finals.
Kidd isn't worried about the Mavericks' slow start
The Mavs have had a bit of a slow start, but they certainly aren't alone in that regard. Dallas has struggled to give star guard Luka Doncic the help needed to truly lead this team to victory, which makes sense considering the Mavericks have moved on from Kristaps Porzingis and Jalen Brunson within the past year. It takes time to overcome those losses, resulting in some uglier-than-expected basketball to open the campaign.
That ugly basketball hasn't worried coach Jason Kidd too much, and he has preached patience amid the Mavs' uneven start to the season. Kidd knows that the Mavericks are figuring out how to play winning basketball after losing some key pieces recently, and while it hasn't always looked great to start the season, that doesn't mean that will be the case for the entire season.
The Mavericks are already beginning to figure things out
Kidd's message is spot on, as the Mavericks aren't going to win any awards for anything they accomplish in the first 20 games of the season. It would be nice to win every game they played, but those expectations are simply unrealistic. Dallas entered the season with heightened expectations, but it became clear early on that it would take them longer to reach those expectations than many people initially thought.
There are already signs that the Mavericks are beginning to turn things around. They have won four of their last five contests, including wins over top-tier teams such as the Golden State Warriors, Phoenix Suns, and Denver Nuggets. All the issues aren't fixed with these wins, but the Mavs are likely happy to be back above the .500 mark after dipping below it for a short period of time.
Dallas will continue to work on figuring things out, but their recent three-game win streak has been quite encouraging. Doncic gives the Mavericks a chance to win every time they take the floor and assuming he can get some help, the Mavs will once again be one of the most dangerous teams in the league. Kidd's patience is paying off already, and it should serve his team well throughout the rest of the season.