007nites Presents: Jason Kidd
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Full Name: Jason Frederick Kidd
Born: March 23, 1973 in San Francisco, California
High School: St. Joseph Notre Dame (Alameda, California)
College: University of California (1992-1994)
Drafted By: Dallas Mavericks, 2nd Overall, 1994 NBA Draft
Height: 6-4 ; Weight: 210lbs
Position: Point Guard
Nickname: J-Kidd, ason

Career Statistics - NBA (1994-2013)

G - 1,391
FG% - .400
3PFG% - .349
FT% - .785
Points - 17,137
PPG - 12.6
Rebounds - 8,725
RPG - 6.3
Assists - 12,091
APG - 8.7
Blocks - 450
BPG - 0.3
Steals - 2,684
SPG - 1.9


1 X NBA Champion
5 X All-NBA First Team
1 X All-NBA Second Team
4 X All-Defensive First Team
5 X All-Defensive Second Team
10 X NBA All-Star
5 X NBA Assist Leader
NBA Rookie of the Year
NBA All-Rookie First Team
No. 5 retired by Brooklyn Nets
2 X Olympic Gold Medalist
NCAA All-American
PAC-10 Player of the Year
USBWA National Freshman of the Year
No. 5 retired by University of California
USA Today High School Player of the Year
Naismith Prep Player of the Year
1992 McDonalds All-American


Kidd was born in San Francisco, California and raised in an upper middle class section of Oakland. His father Steve was African-American, and his mother Anne is Irish-American. The oldest of six children, Kidd attended St. Paschal Baylon school in the Oakland Hills. As a youth, Kidd was highly scouted for AAU teams and tourneys, garnering various all-star and MVP awards. He frequented the city courts of Oakland, where he often found himself pitted against future NBA All-Star Gary Payton. At St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda, under the guidance of coach Frank LaPorte, Kidd led the Pilots to consecutive state championships, averaging 25 points, 10 assists, 7 rebounds and 7 steals his senior season. During that year, he also received a host of individual honors, including the Naismith Award as the nation's top high school player, and was named Player of the Year by PARADE and USA Today. The all-time prep leader in assists (1,155) and the state's seventh-highest career scorer (2,661 points), Kidd was voted California Player of the Year for the second time and also a McDonald's All-American. On January 31, 2012, Kidd was honored as one of the 35 Greatest McDonald's All Americans.
After a highly publicized recruiting process, Kidd shocked many fans and pundits alike by choosing to attend the nearby University of California, Berkeley—a school that was coming off a 10–18 season and had not won a conference title since 1960—over a number of top-ranked collegiate programs including the University of Arizona, the University of Kentucky, the University of Kansas, and Ohio State University.


In his first year playing for the Golden Bears, Kidd averaged 13.0 points, 7.7 assists, 4.9 rebounds, and 3.8 steals per game which earned him national Freshman of the Year honors and a spot on the All-Pac-10 team. His 110 steals set an NCAA record for most steals by a freshman and set school record for most steals in a season, while his 220 assists that season also was a school record. His play also was a key factor in the resurgence of Cal basketball and helped the Golden Bears earn an NCAA Tournament bid, where they upset two-time defending national champion Duke in the second round of that tournament before losing to Kansas in the Sweet 16.

Kidd continued his success as a sophomore, tallying averages of 16.7 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.1 steals and 9.1 assists, breaking his previous school record for most assists in a season with 272, while also leading the nation in that category. He was also selected a First Team All-American, the first Cal player to be so named since 1968, as well as Pac-10 Player of the Year, becoming the first sophomore to receive that honor. The Golden Bears would make the NCAA Tournament again as a fifth seed, but would be upset in the first round by Dick Bennett's Wisconsin–Green Bay team 61–57. Kidd was also named a finalist for both the Naismith and Wooden Awards as college basketball's top player and subsequently opted to enter the NBA Draft in 1994. In 2004, Cal retired Kidd's number 5 jersey.


Kidd was selected as the second pick overall by the Dallas Mavericks, behind Glenn Robinson of Purdue, and just ahead of Duke's Grant Hill. In his first year he averaged 11.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 7.7 assists, and led the NBA in triple doubles, sharing 1995 NBA Rookie of the Year honors with Hill of the Detroit Pistons. The year before the Mavericks drafted Kidd, they finished the season with the worst record in the NBA at 13–69. After Kidd's first season with the Mavericks, their record improved to 36–46 which was the largest improvement in the NBA. Kidd also was voted a starter in the 1996 All-Star Game. In his first two years with the Mavericks, the move most people associated him with is "the baseball pass". Kidd was a member of the "Three J's" in Dallas along with Jim Jackson and Jamal Mashburn.

Kidd was traded to the Phoenix Suns with Tony Dumas and Loren Meyer for Michael Finley, A. C. Green, and Sam Cassell during the 1996–97 season. In his first full season with the Suns in 1997–98, the team's win total improved by 16 games. Kidd made the All-Star Game three times (1998, 2000, and 2001) and led the NBA in assists for three consecutive years (1999–2001) with the Suns. In 2001, after five seasons in Phoenix in which the team made the playoffs each year, he was traded, along with Chris Dudley, to the New jersey Nets for Stephon Marbury, Johnny Newman, and Soumaila Samake.

The 2001–02 season saw Kidd lead the Nets to a 52–30 finish, a 26-game improvement from the season before and the first 50-win season in the franchise's NBA history. He finished second to the Spurs' Tim Duncan in MVP voting. Kidd joined the team as the team reaped the benefits of the newly healthy Kenyon Martin, Kerry Kittles and Keith Van Horn; along with the trade of Eddie Griffin for Richard Jefferson, Jason Collins, and Brandon Armstrong.
Under Kidd's guidance, the young Nets team prospered through the playoffs and advanced to the Eastern Conference title and the franchise's first-ever appearance in the NBA Finals. New Jersey's season would end without an NBA crown, as Kidd and the Nets were swept in four games by Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant's Los Angeles Lakers. New jersey enjoyed another stellar season under Kidd's leadership in the 2002–03 NBA season, during which the team finished 49–33 and reached the NBA finals once again, only to succumb to Tim Duncan's San Antonio Spurs in six games. He had his highest scoring season with 18.7 points per game and led the league in assists with 8.9 per game.
As an unrestricted free agent in the 2003 offseason, there was speculation that Kidd would join the defending champion Spurs and replace Tony Parker as their starting point guard. Parker, then young and unproven, was perceived to have "limitations" in his game that Kidd did not. However, Kidd elected to stay with the Nets on a 6-year, $99 million deal.

In 2003–04, Kidd averaged 15.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 9.2 assists (leading the league in assists for the second year in a row). The Nets led by Kidd finished the season 47–35 but in the playoffs they lost in the conference semifinals in a seven-game series against the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons would go on to win the 2004 NBA Finals.

On July 1, 2004, Kidd underwent microfracture surgery to repair a damaged knee. He made a full recovery and returned to the court in December of that year, during which the Nets acquired star swingman Vince Carter from the Toronto Raptors. With the Nets hanging on the prospect of missing the playoffs for the first time since 2001 and with Jefferson injured, Carter and Kidd combined to fuel the team to a late regular-season surge that enabled them to inch past the Cleveland Cavaliers for the eighth and final playoff berth in the East. Their season would come to an end as they fell in four games to the top-seeded Miami Heat in the first round.

In 2005–06, Kidd averaged 13.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 8.4 assists. He and Carter led the Nets to a third place finish in the East with a 49–33 record. In the playoffs they were defeated in the Conference Semifinals by the Miami Heat. The Heat would go on to win the 2006 NBA Finals.

On February 1, 2007, Kidd was named a reserve for the NBA All-Star game along with teammate Vince Carter. However, Kidd missed the game because of a strained back and was replaced on the roster by Joe Johnson. On April 7, 2007, Kidd and Carter became the first teammates to record triple-doubles in the same game since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen did it in 1989 for the Chicago Bulls. Kidd finished with 10 points, 16 rebounds, and 18 assists. In the 2006–07 postseason, Kidd notched his 10th postseason career triple-double on April 27, 2007 in Game 3 against the Toronto Raptors. He recorded 16 points on 50% field goal shooting, a playoff career high 19 assists, 16 rebounds, 3 steals, and a block, as the Nets defeated the Raptors 102–89. He tied Larry Bird for second All-time in career postseason triple-doubles. In the first round of the postseason, Kidd averaged 14.0 points, 13.2 assists, 10.0 rebounds, and 2.0 steals, as the Nets defeated the Raptors in six games. He joined Wilt Chamberlain and Magic Johnson as the only players in NBA history to average a triple-double in multiple playoff series. In Game 3 of the second round in the 2006–07 playoffs, Kidd recorded his 11th postseason triple-double with 23 points, 14 assists and 13 rebounds, breaking the tie with Larry Bird for second place on the All-Time career list. For the postseason, Kidd averaged 14.6 points, 10.9 assists and 10.9 rebounds in twelve playoff games. He became the second player in NBA history to average a triple-double for an entire postseason.[16] However, the Nets were eliminated in six games in the Eastern Conference Semifinals by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
In the 2007–08 NBA season, Kidd became the third player to get a triple-double in three straight games since 1989. He did so after he logged his 97th career triple-double in a 115–99 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats. Kidd was voted by the fans to start in the 2008 All-Star game in New Orleans as a guard along with Dwyane Wade.

During that season Kidd had been mentioned in trade rumors, notably to the Los Angeles Lakers, but the deal fell through when the Lakers refused to give up their young center Andrew Bynum. On January 28, 2008, Kidd revealed that his agent had been talking to the Nets' front office about a trade. On February 19, 2008, Kidd was traded to the Dallas Mavericks, the team that originally drafted him.

On February 13, 2008, the Dallas Mavericks and New jersey Nets reached an agreement on a trade to send Kidd and Malik Allen to Dallas for Devin Harris, Devean George, Jerry Stackhouse, DeSagana Diop, Maurice Ager, two first-round drafts picks (in 2008 and 2010), and $3 million, but the trade fell through when George invoked his (Early) Bird rights, as was stipulated in his contract at the time. The trade was retooled, with Trenton Hassell replacing George, and Keith Van Horn, who had agreed to come out of retirement, replacing Stackhouse, because NBA officials informed the Mavericks that if Stackhouse were to be included in the deal, he could not re-sign with the team if the Nets chose to buy out his contract. Antoine Wright was also added to the retooled trade proposal (the two teams originally agreed on a separate deal that would send Wright to the Mavericks for a 2008 second-round pick, but were ultimately able include him in the Kidd deal). On February 19, 2008, Kidd was officially traded to the Mavericks along with Allen and Wright for Van Horn (via a sign and trade deal), Harris, Diop, Hassell, Ager, $3 million, Ryan Anderson (the future 2008 first round pick), and the 2010 first round pick.

Although already a member of the Mavericks, Kidd started for the Eastern Conference in the 2008 NBA All-Star Game, as he had already been named as a starter prior to the trade. The Mavericks made a strong playoff push following the trade, but despite a 51–31 record, they were only able to secure the seventh seed in the highly competitive Western Conference. In the playoffs, they faced Chris Paul's New Orleans Hornets, and were eliminated in five games in the first round.

The following season saw Kidd and the Mavericks stumble out to a rocky start, but manage to finish the season strong and earn the sixth seed in the playoffs. The Mavericks faced off against San Antonio in the first round, and managed to knock off the powerhouse Spurs in a surprising five game series. Kidd led Dallas in assists in all but one game, to lead the Mavericks into the conference semi-finals for the first time since 2006. They would go on to lose to the Denver Nuggets in five games.

On July 5, 2009, Kidd verbally committed to re-signing with the Mavericks after being pursued heavily by the New York Knicks. The three-year deal reportedly was worth more than $25 million, all of it fully guaranteed. In the first year of Kidd's new contract the Mavericks went on to finish 2nd in the Western Conference with a 55-27 record during the regular season. However, the season ended with another disappointment as the Mavericks lost in six games to the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the 2010 NBA Playoffs.
On Halloween of 2010 against the Clippers, Kidd sank a 75 foot shot at the halftime buzzer.

Jason Kidd won the NBA championship with the Dallas Mavericks on June 12, 2011, defeating LeBron James and the Miami Heat. After appearing and losing in two different NBA finals, it was the first championship in his career. Kidd sparked the Mavericks' impressive run with 24 and 18 points in the first two playoff games against the Portland Trail Blazers. Dallas went on to win the series four games to two. The Mavs then swept the two-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers, with Kidd playing strong defense against Kobe Bryant in clutch moments. In the Western Conference Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Kidd spent a lot of time guarding either Kevin Durant or Russell Westbrook. Kidd hit a dagger 3-pointer late in overtime in a Game 4 victory at Oklahoma City. Dallas defeated Oklahoma in five games. In the NBA Finals, the Mavericks defeated the Miami Heat in six games, despite being down after the first three games. Kidd averaged 9.3 points, 7.3 assists, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.9 steals per game during the Mavericks' championship run.
On February 20, 2012, Kidd collected his 2,515th career steal (passing Michael Jordan) making him second all-time in steals. Mark Cuban's decision not to resign key members of the championship roster like Tyson Chandler, Caron Butler and J. J. Barea strongly affected the Mavericks's 2011–12 season as the defending champions were swept by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round of the 2012 NBA playoffs.

On July 12, 2012, Kidd signed with the New York Knicks.

On November 15, 2012, in a road win against the San Antonio Spurs, Kidd recorded 14 points, 2 assists, 2 steals, and 3 blocks. Notably, he made 3 three pointers in the fourth quarter to help the Knicks overcome a 12 point fourth quarter deficit and propel them to a 104-100 victory. New York finished the season with 54 wins, an 18-game jump from the previous season. It was their first 50-win season since 1999–2000. The Knicks advanced to the second round of the playoffs, but lost to the Indiana Pacers in six games. Kidd struggled during the playoffs, when he was held without a field goal in his last 10 playoff games.

Kidd retired on June 3, 2013, after one season with the Knicks and 19 seasons in the NBA. His announcement came two days after 1995 co-Rookie of the Year Grant Hill had retired.

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