Jason Kidd named Western Conference Coach of the Month

Dallas Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd has been named the Western Conference Coach of the Month for games played in March and April, the league announced Tuesday.

On Monday, Luka Doncic won Western Conference Player of the Week, and now Kidd gets some recognition from the league.

It marks his fourth career time being named Coach of the Month, after he previously won it three times in the Eastern Conference (January 2014, March 2014, March 2017). Kidd becomes the first Dallas coach to win the award since Rick Carlisle in February 2011.

Kidd led the Mavericks to a 16-5 record in March/April, including victories over Golden State (March 3), Utah (March 7 and 27), Boston (March 13), Brooklyn (March 16) and Milwaukee (April 3). The Mavericks finished as the fourth seed in the Western Conference this season – their highest seed since earning the No. 3 during their championship season in 2011.

Dallas ended the regular season by winning four straight, 7-of-8, 9-of-11, 17-of-22, 19-of-25, 23-of-30, and 36-of-48 to improve to a season-high 22 games above .500 (52-30). The Mavericks recorded their first 50-win season since 2014-15 (50-32) and their most wins since 2010-11 (57-25). They also finished with the fifth-most wins across the entire NBA in 2021-22. When Dallas got to 50-30, it marked its first time being 20 games above .500 since finishing the 2010-11 campaign 32 games above the benchmark.

The Mavericks wrapped up the 2021-22 season allowing the second-fewest points in the NBA (104.7 ppg), their first time in the 42-year history of the franchise finishing better than fourth in points allowed (finished 4th four times: 1988-89, 1989-90, 2006-07 and 2016-17). Dallas also ranked seventh in defensive rating in 2021-22 (109.1), after it finished 21st in the category just a season ago (112.3, 2020-21). It marked the team’s best defensive rating ranking since 2006-07 (5th, 102.1).

The fourth-seeded Mavericks are set to face the fifth-seeded Jazz in their opening-round playoff series. Game 1 tips off on Saturday, April 16 at 12 p.m. CT on ESPN

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