Reason 36: Jason Kidd’s climb in assists
Even from a young age, Jason Kidd knew he was meant to play basketball, and he knew he was going to go places. After signing to play for the University of Cal, he was named the National Freshman of the Year and an All Pac-10 player in his first collegiate season. After two years at Cal, Kidd was drafted second overall by the Dallas Mavericks in the 1994 NBA Draft. Then, 14 years and three teams later, he came back to the team that drafted him. Along his journey, Kidd played on successful Phoenix Suns teams, and then played in two NBA finals with the Nets. But it was only when he returned to the Mavs that Kidd won his ring in 2011. Throughout his career, Kidd has been a pass-first point guard. He is a triple-double threat every game. He is actually third all-time in triple doubles. The aspect of Kidd’s game that separates him from any other player, is assists. Over his 17 year career, Kidd has climbed the rankings for assists. Most recently, in 2009, he surpassed Magic Johnson and Marc Jackson for second place all-time. He is currently 4,228 assists behind the man, the myth, the legend, that is John Stockton. Although he may not reach that milestone, he is in some good company. Kidd also has played in more games than any other active player. The “old man” can still shoot too,as defenses are always protecting against the three-point shot. To go along with his NBA credentials, Kidd also helped out his country by taking home gold in the 2000 and 2008 Olympics. At the ripe age of 38, Jason Kidd may have a couple more years (and assists) left in him.