He makes moves that could boggle the mind and passes that were made with pinpoint accuracy. It really is tough to judge how good Jason Kidd is with the accolades that he received, the statistics that stand the test of time and the back to back NBA Finals appearances. Kidd was one of the rare point guards that was not only dangerous in the open court but in the half-court set as well.
Kidd was not thought of to be the prototypical point guard coming out of California but his rare blend of speed, size, and passing ability made him the second overall pick in the 1994 NBA Draft. Although it has been over 14 years in the NBA for him, he is still affective even with age running up on him.
He truly is an on-court doctor who has mastered many skills and is one of the elite in his profession. You could call him the NBA’s version of House but without the diagnostic techniques and Olivia Wilde following him around.
However, why is it that Kidd is not getting the publicity? NBA fans are currently going go-go gaga over Deron Williams, Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, and the dark horse of Russell Westbrook. The new flavors of the month are always going to be the hot topics while the former stars reclaim their past glory.
I dare anyone to search the ranks of Youtube and watch a Jason Kidd highlight tape and not be impressed with his skill while moving with and without the ball. The early years in Dallas and Phoenix during his prime are impressive or even more than all of the current stars in the league. So for anyone that said Jason Kidd was never spectacular tends to be wrong with that argument.
He also have to receive credit for averaging a triple-double in two different playoff series and lead a New Jersey Nets team in back to back Finals. You look at the team that he had outside of a prime Kenyon Martin and Richard Jefferson: Kerry Kittles, Todd McCollough, Aaron Williams, Lucious Harris, Rodney Rodgers, Reggie Slater, and Keith Van Horn. Even in the weak Eastern Conference, that is still impressive. Sure, Steve Nash has two MVP but he has not even played in an NBA Finals. Kidd does not have a ring but there is no shame in losing to two dynasties in the Lakers and Spurs.
Kidd is one of the all-time best point guards and it is possible that he might be the best ever. I think it is due time that he gets his respect and you do not need a second opinion on that.