In the same year that Jason Kidd retired from his playing career in the NBA he was hired as the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets. A no doubt first ballot Hall of Fame point guard seemed like a natural fit to be a premier head coach in the league. This hasn’t proven to be true just yet. Jason Kidd was ousted as the Nets coach after just one year over differences with GM Billy King. Kidd’s performance with Nets was successful even with his early exit due to the Nets making the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals even with an aging roster.
This puts Kidd in the situation where he is right now, traded to the Bucks (one of the rare occasions that a coach gets traded), he took control of a young and promising roster. In his first year as he led the Bucks to the playoffs with a 500 record and finished third in voting for the coach of the year award. With a disappointing season the following year in which the Bucks failed to make the playoffs, Kidd must once again prove himself as a worthy NBA coach. Midway through the season last year he appointed Giannis Antetokounmpo as the full time starting point guard. Antetokounmpo a freakish athlete but rather raw as a passer who lacks a three-point threat isn’t the tradition point guard. Kidd was looking to add extra length to his team, contrary to how NBA teams are moving in the current state of the NBA. While premier teams like the Warriors and Cavs look to run small ball lineups that play up-tempo, Kidd looks to counteract this with long athletic players. This was further shown with the Bucks first round pick this year, where they selected Thon Maker, who isn’t a refined basketball player just of yet but has superior length and athleticism compared to other seven footers in the league. Further pushing for the Bucks that rebounding and defense is how they are going to wins games instead of trying to keep up with the other teams three-point shooting.
With a starting lineup that is likely to average over 6-7, Jason Kidd is looking to start a new trend in the NBA. If this experiment proves to be a failure, Kidd’s coaching career in Milwaukee will likely be over, due to the roster being one of the most talented in the NBA. If this works out for the Bucks, they have the potential to make waves in the playoffs due to their ability to play excellent defense and control the boards. If they are unable to shut down the outside shots by second tier teams like the Hornets and Pacers, it will be a long season for the Bucks and they will be looking for a new coach going into the 2017-2018 season.