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All five Mavs starters in double figures

3/1/2010

Here's a revelation: The Dallas Mavericks, who spent a chunk of last season with just two players -- Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry -- averaging in double figures (when Josh Howard was out, and that was often), suddenly boast a starting lineup in which all five starters average in double figures.

How'd this happen? The trade has made the center position with Brendan Haywood a double-digit scoring position, and seemingly out of nowhere Jason Kidd is piling on the points.

After averaging a career-low 9.0 points last season, Kidd was on pace this season to finish even lower through the first three months of the season. But, February proved a pivotal month. Early on Kidd finally improved his season average to 9.0 points a game. With an eight-game streak of scoring in double figures, Kidd reached 10.0 after scoring 13 points in Sunday's win over New Orleans. He averaged 12.8 points in February, more than four points better than his averages in November and December.

"He’s made himself a threat this year on a consistent basis," coach Rick Carlisle said of Kidd. "He’s taking the ball to the rim more, he’s looking for mid-range shots, the 3-point shot he’s been aggressively stepping into the last two years, so he understands the balance and I think he also understands by being a threat it really balances out our game and opens things up for other guys."