New Dallas Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd wants his superstar Luka Doncic to trust his teammates more. Doncic was an MVP candidate last season and the Mavericks relied on him for too much. "I don't know if anybody told Picasso that he has to use all the paints, but I just want to remind him that he can rely on his teammates," Kidd said.
"His teammates are going to be there to help him. I'm very excited to have this opportunity to work with a young Picasso whose paintings have been incredible up to this point and are only going to get better."
Doncic agreed with coach Kidd that he should trust more his teammates. "I think there's a lot of things I can improve on -- off the court, on the court," said Doncic, 22, who signed a five-year, $207 million supermax contract extension this offseason.
"Obviously, this is one of them. I think he's right."
Doncic, Kristaps Porzingis to be the key in Mavericks' offense
Porzingis was frustrated with his role under the previous coach Rick Carlisle but he is set for a bigger role in offense under Kidd.
"The simple way to put it is, I want KP to be a basketball player," said Kidd, who anticipates Porzingis starting at power forward when the Mavs open games with big lineups. "There's no limitations on just shooting 3s.
Being able to roll, to be able to shoot the midrange, to be able to put the ball on the floor -- I want him to be who he is, and that's a basketball player and not just be limited to shooting 3s or crashing from the corner.
I want him to feel comfortable on the floor in any spot. I think he's a weapon. He shoots the ball too well not to be able to shoot midrange shots." Porzingis believes coach Kidd will use him in a good way. "It's just going to be more of my game," said Porzingis, who averaged 20.1 points per game with a career-best .582 true shooting percentage last season.
"I'm going to be able to post up more and be used in those situations. I was used a lot as just a spacer and shooting 3s, and I feel that's not my whole game. There's more to my game. I learned a lot of things. I adjusted my game as I needed to, but I'm looking forward to being utilized the best way."