The New York Knicks brought in aging point guard Jason Kidd to bring a championship mentality to the lineup. But so far in the playoffs all Kidd has brought is a ton of missed shots and long rebound opportunities for the opposing team.
Kidd, who turned 40 a little over a month ago, signed a three-year, $9 million contract with the Knicks last summer to combine with fellow free agency signee Raymond Felton to replace Jeremy Lin. Kidd averaged a career-low six points, 3.3 assists and 4.3 rebounds with New York, a year that was sub par by his standards even as a player in his 19th NBA season.
Despite his limited production Kidd did in fact bring a veteran presence and steadiness to a Knicks team that was lacking in that area. Kidd was also able to knock down open three pointers at a reasonably fair rate, shooting .351 from long range.
But so far in the postseason, he has been more of a liability than anything else. Kidd is averaging 1.2 points and has shot just 3-22 from the field in the playoffs, including having not scored a single point in the Knicks second round series against the Indiana Pacers. Going back even further and Kidd hasn’t made a shot since game two against the Boston Celtics. He’s missed 16 consecutive shots over that seven game span.
While Kidd will be a lock for the Hall of Fame, his performance in this postseason is evidence that the time may have come to call it a career. Kidd no longer possesses the skills to compete on an NBA level. Kidd should do the Knicks a favor and retire for good at the end of the season.