Jason Kidd won his only NBA title with the Mavericks in 2011.Just two days after the No. 3 pick in the 1994 NBA draft -- Grant Hill -- announced his retirement, the player chosen one spot ahead of him also decided to call it quits.
Forty-year-old Jason Kidd, who was co-Rookie of the Year in the 1994-95 season with Hill, leaves the NBA after a 19-year career that included 10 All-Star selections, three NBA Finals appearances and one NBA title with the Dallas Mavericks.
He played in the postseason in 17 consecutive seasons from 1997 to 2013. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is the third-longest streak in NBA history behind Karl Malone and John Stockton, who both were in the playoffs in 19 straight years.
Most Career Triple-Doubles
Kidd’s legacy will be as one of the best passing point guards of all time, leading the NBA in assists per game five times and ranking second in NBA history in assists behind only Hall of Famer Stockton.
He also had significant range, ranking third on the all-time career 3-point field goal list behind Ray Allen and Reggie Miller. His 114 3-pointers made this season with the New York Knicks were the most by any player in his age 39 season or older.
Kidd was also a triple-double machine, recording at least one in 17 straight seasons from his rookie year through the 2010-11 season. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that is the longest such streak in NBA history, four more than Magic Johnson.
One of the more underrated strengths of Kidd’s game was his defense. Kidd was an All-Defensive first team selection four times and his 2,684 steals are second on the all-time list behind Stockton (3,265).
Defensive win shares is an estimate of the number of wins contributed by a player due to his defense. According to Basketball-Reference.com, his 75.1 defensive win shares ranks first all-time among guards and 11th best for all players.
Kidd was not a flashy scorer or a lights-out shooter, but leaves the game as not only one of the best point guards of all time, but also a surefire Hall of Fame player.