There is no denying that Jason Kidd was one of the best point guards to ever play the game. He played the position the way it was supposed to be played, and no one can ever take that away from him. Now that he is the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, it is fine to talk about his playing days. One question on many people’s mind is where current Nets point guard Deron Williams matches up against Kidd.
“He’s better than me. I mean, he can shoot,” Kidd said, according to the New York Daily News. “He’s a guy who can set the table, he can get to the basket, he can score. I don’t look at him as me. Again, he’s a little bit better than I am.”
Kidd was not the greatest shooter, as there were times he could not find a way for his shot to drop, but he typically found a way to score when it mattered most. His 12.6 points per game are a bit misleading considering he suited up for 1,391 contests over a span of 19 years. There is no question he knew how to make it rain in his prime.
What made Kidd so great was his ability to set up his teammates and make plays that way, which is something that the point guard is supposed to do. Too many players who play the point think they must take a lot of shots or be the scorer on the team. However, it is point guards like Kidd, who consistently made beautiful passes, that made their teams run like a well-oiled machine.
Kidd believes that Williams is the better overall player than he was. The last thing the first time coach wants is for Williams to mimic his game after what he did during his time in the NBA. That means that Kidd has no intention of trying to change Williams, but rather help him continue to develop into a top-notch point guard that will help bring a championship to Brooklyn.
“I want to (Williams) to be him,” Kidd told the New York Daily News. “I want him to be the basketball player that we all know he can be. We’re going to set lofty goals where as a coaching staff and teammates put him in a position to reach them.”