Jason Kidd has been one of the best players in the NBA since he was drafted second overall in the 1994 NBA Draft. Now playing for the New York Knicks, it may be time for Kidd to consider calling it a career after 18 seasons.
The Knicks signed Kidd to a three-year, $9.2 million dollar contract last off-season to replace Jeremy Lin and add some veteran stability to the Knicks back court. While Kidd may have given the Knicks lineup a senior type of presence, statistically Kidd is having the worse season of his career and it can mainly be attributed to his advanced age by NBA standards of 39.
Kidd is no longer the great all-around player who was a threat to register a triple double from the point guard position every time he stepped on the court. These days Kidd’s time is spent mostly camping out at the three-point line as an outlet option for Carmelo Anthony or Ray Felton. As evidence of Kidd’s one-dimensional offensive production, just take a look at his shot attempts. Kidd has attempted a total of 310 shots this season, and 239 of those attempts have been threes.
There really isn’t much left for Kidd to accomplish in his career. Kidd has made it to the NBA finals three times — winning a championship with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011 — was named Rookie of the Year, is a 10-time all-star, nine-time All-Defensive honoree, and six-time Al-NBA selection. Kidd ranks second all-time in assists, trailing only John Stockton. And despite having a reputation as a mediocre shooter, Kidd is third all-time for three-point field goals made.
The Knicks may have Kidd signed for another two seasons, but at 39 this should be Kidd’s final NBA campaign. Kidd should call it quits on a spectacular that spanned two decades and four teams. Jason Kidd should undoubtedly be a candidate for a first-time Hall of Fame selection.