Jason Kidd

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Jason Kidd

Born

3/23/1973, San Francisco, California

Birth Name

Jason Fredrick Kidd

Gender

Male
8.6
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Jason Kidd played basketball all his life. In college Jason Kidd soon to be a basketball great played at California University along with is teammate and soon to be respected opponent, Orlando Magic star Grant Hill. Even with a NBA teammate Jason Kidd had no trouble shinning breaking…more

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  • Trivia

    • After breaking his ankle in March 2000, Jason was challenged by Joumana. She dared him to color his hair. Jason dyed his hair blonde and spent the rest of the season with his hair in that color.

    • Jason's first sport was soccer. It was only when he was in third grade that he started taking an interest in basketball.

    • Jason has two younger sisters, Denise and Kim.

    • While Jason was still playing with the Phoenix Suns, the Jason Kidd Burger was introduced by McDonald's restaurants in the Phoenix area. The burger introduced in the spring of 2000, was made up of three all-beef patties and two slices of cheese.

    • In the 2006-2007 season, Kidd averaged 9.2 assists per game while playing for the New Jersey Nets.

    • In the offseason, Jason Kidd plays golf often. Jason's handicap is reportedly in the single digits.

    • Jason ranks third all-time for triple-doubles made in regular seasons. He has made a total of 99 triple-doubles in his career, as of March 2008.

    • Jason Kidd got the most number of votes among Western Conference guards for the 2000 All-Star Game. During the game, he scored 11 points and had a game-high 14 assists. jason's The All-Star Game was held in San Francisco, Jason's hometown.

    • Jason Kidd now wears #2 for the Dallas Mavericks as the team's point guard. He previously wore the #5 for his former team, the New Jersey Nets.

    • In 2007, Jason Kidd and teammate Vince Carter recorded triple-doubles in the same game. This is the first time since Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen in 1989 that teammates have posted triple-doubles in the same game.

    • Academics were prioritized over basketball in the Kidd household as Jason was growing up. Every time playing basketball would interfere with Jason's studies, his parents banned him from going near a court. If his grades dropped, Jason couldn't play unless his grades went back up again.

    • On February 19, 2008 the Jason Kidd trade to Dallas was made official. Kidd, who began his NBA career with the Mavericks, was traded to his original team along with Malik Allen and Antoine Wright.

    • During the 2007 playoffs, Jason Kidd became one of only three players to average a triple-double in multiple playoff series. Besides Kidd, only Wilt Chamberlain and Magic Johnson have accomplished this feat.

    • Like other stars, Jason Kidd uses aliases to hide his identity when staying in hotels while on the road. Among the favorite aliases Kidd has used in the past are Willie Mays, Will Smith, and Elmer Fudd.

    • During the 2007 playoffs, Jason Kidd recorded his 11th playoff triple-double to tie Larry Bird for second on the all-time list.

    • Jason averaged 8.4 assists per game in the 2005-2006 season with the New Jersey Nets.

    • Jason averaged 8.3 assists per game in the 2004-2005 season with the New Jersey Nets.

    • Jason averaged 9.2 assists per game in the 2003-2004 season with the New Jersey Nets.

    • Jason averaged 8.9 assists per game in the 2002-2003 season with the New Jersey Nets.

    • Jason averaged 9.9 assists per game in the 2001-2002 season with the New Jersey Nets.

    • Jason averaged 9.8 assists per game in the 2000-2001 season with the Phoenix Suns.

    • Jason averaged 10.1 assists per game in the 1999-2000 season with the Phoenix Suns.

    • Jason averaged 10.8 assists per game in the 1998-1999 season with the Phoenix Suns.

    • Jason averaged 9.1 assists per game in the 1997-1998 season with the Phoenix Suns.

    • Jason averaged 9.0 assists per game in the 1996-1997 season with the Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns.

    • Jason averaged 9.7 assists per game in the 1995-1996 season with the Dallas Mavericks.

    • Jason averaged 7.7 assists per game in the 1994-1995 season with the Dallas Mavericks.

    • Jason averaged 7.3 rebounds per game in the 2005-2006 season with the New Jersey Nets.

    • Jason averaged 7.3 rebounds per game in the 2005-2006 season with the New Jersey Nets.

    • Jason averaged 7.4 rebounds per game in the 2004-2005 season with the New Jersey Nets.

    • Jason averaged 6.4 rebounds per game in the 2003-2004 season with the New Jersey Nets.

    • Jason averaged 6.3 rebounds per game in the 2002-2003 season with the New Jersey Nets.

    • Jason averaged 7.3 rebounds per game in the 2001-2002 season with the New Jersey Nets.

    • Jason averaged 6.4 rebounds per game in the 2000-2001 season with the Phoenix Suns.

    • Jason averaged 7.2 rebounds per game in the 1999-2000 season with the Phoenix Suns.

    • Jason averaged 6.8 rebounds per game in the 1998-1999 season with the Phoenix Suns.

    • Jason averaged 6.2 rebounds per game in the 1997-1998 season with the Phoenix Suns.

    • Jason averaged 4.5 rebounds per game in the 1996-1997 season with the Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns.

    • Jason averaged 6.8 rebounds per game in the 1995-1996 season with the Dallas Mavericks.

    • Jason averaged 5.4 rebounds per game in the 1994-1995 season with the Dallas Mavericks.

    • Jason averaged 13.3 points per game in the 2005-2006 season with the New Jersey Nets.

    • Jason averaged 14.4 points per game in the 2004-2005 season with the New Jersey Nets.

    • Jason averaged 14.4 points per game in the 2004-2005 season with the New Jersey Nets.

    • Jason averaged 15.5 points per game in the 2003-2004 season with the New Jersey Nets.

    • Jason averaged 18.7 points per game in the 2002-2003 season with the New Jersey Nets.

    • Jason averaged 14.7 points per game in the 2001-2002 season with the New Jersey Nets.

    • Jason averaged 16.9 points per game in the 2000-2001 season with the Phoenix Suns.

    • Jason averaged 14.3 points per game in the 1999-2000 season with the Phoenix Suns.

    • Jason averaged 16.9 points per game in the 1998-1999 season with the Phoenix Suns.

    • Jason averaged 11.6 points per game in the 1997-1998 season with the Phoenix Suns.

    • Jason averaged 10.9 points per game in the 1996-1997 season with the Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns.

    • Jason averaged 16.6 points per game in the 1995-1996 season with the Dallas Mavericks.

    • Jason averaged 11.7 points per game in the 1994-1995 season with the Dallas Mavericks.

    • Jason ranked #18 in the NBA in Efficiency Ranking Per 48 Minutes, 27.67 in the 2005-2006 season.

    • Jason ranked #17 in the NBA in Total Efficiency Points, 1715 in the 2005-2006 season.

    • Jason ranked #5 in the NBA in Assists Per 48 Minutes, 10.8 in the 2005-2006 season.

    • Jason ranked #4 in the NBA in Assists Per Turnover, 3.5 in the 2005-2006 season.

    • Jason ranked #4 in the NBA in Assists, 672 in the 2005-2006 season.

    • Jason ranked 17 in the NBA in Defensive Rebounds, 494 in the 2005-2006 season.

    • Jason ranked #8 in the NBA in Steals Per Game, 1.88 in the 2005-2006 season.

    • Jason ranked #17 in the NBA in Efficiency Ranking, 21.44 in the 2005-2006 season.

    • Jason ranked #8 in the NBA in Steals Per 48 Minutes, 2.42 in the 2005-2006 season.

    • Jason ranked #18 in the NBA in Steals Per Turnover, 0.78 in the 2005-2006 season.

    • Jason ranked #5 in the NBA in Steals, 150 in the 2005-2006 season.

    • Jason ranked #18 in the NBA in Defensive Rebounds Per Game, 6.2 in the 2005-2006 season.

    • Jason ranked #14 in the NBA in Three-Point Field Goal Attempts, 395 in the 2005-2006 season.

    • Jason ranked #5 in the NBA in Assists Per Game, 8.4 in the 2005-2006 season.

    • Jason played in the McDonald's High School All-American Game.

    • Jason was the Parade and USA Today High School Player of the Year.

    • Jason won Naismith Award as nation's top high school player after senior season at St. Joseph of Notre Dame (Alameda, CA), averaging 25.0 points, 10.0 assists, 7.0 rebounds and 7.0 steals.

    • Jason was named 1994-95 NBA co-Rookie of the Year (with Grant Hill) and was a unanimous selection to the 1994-95 NBA All-Rookie First Team.

    • Jason topped 700 assists and 500 rebounds in the same season for the second time in 1997-98, joining Robertson and Magic Johnson (six times each) as the only players in NBA history to do so more than once.

    • Jason recorded first career playoff triple-double with 22 points, 10 rebounds and personal playoff-high 16 assists in Game 4 against the Lakers in the 2000 Western Conference Semifinals.

    • Jason became first Nets player ever to win Eastern Conference Player of the Month for November by averaging 13.3 points, 9.6 assists, 7.6 rebounds and 1.8 steals in leading the Nets to a 10-5 record and their best start in franchise history.

    • Jason set the Nets all-time single season assist mark by recording 808 assists.

    • Jason set the Nets all-time single season triple-double mark (8), and in doing so, became the Nets all-time leader in triple-doubles.

    • Jason became the sixth fastest NBA player to record 5000 career assists (531 games), as he finished with three points, 15 assists and eight rebounds in 44 minutes at Dallas on 1/21/2002.

    • Jason was the first Maverick to start an All-Star Game (1996).

    • Jason won a gold medal in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

    • Jason became only the fourth player in NBA history to lead the league in assists three-straight seasons - 1999-01 (John Stockton, 1988-96; Oscar Robertson, 1964-66; Bob Cousy, 1953-60).

    • Jason is currently a seven-time NBA All-Star.

    • Jason was on the 2003 USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team.

    • Jason was named Second Team All-Defensive Team in 2004-05, 2002-03 and 1999-00.

    • Jason Kidd was named First Team All-Defensive Team in 2003-04, 2001-02, 2000-01 and 1998-99.

    • Jason Kidd was named All-NBA Second Team in 2002-03.

    • Jason Kidd was named All-NBA First Team in 2003-04, 2001-02, 2000-01, 1999-00 and 1998-99.

    • Jason Kidd is 4th on the NBA all-time lists for assists per game (9.3).

    • Jason Kidd has 67 career triple-doubles, 29 as a Net.

    • Jason Kidd ranks 9th on the NBA's all-time assists list with 7,283.

    • Jason Kidd played college basketball at California.

    • Jason Kidd weighs 210 pounds.

    • Jason Kidd is 6-4.

    • Jason plays as a guard for the New Jersey Nets.

  • Quotes

    • Jason: (on his basketball hero) Growing up, Magic Johnson was my idol. He was a good example. He could always pass the ball extremely well and get his teammates involved.

    • Jason: Fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds worth of distance run.

    • Jason: I've learned a lot at home and been able to take what I've learned at home to the court.

    • Jason Kidd: (on what the basketball court meant to him growing up) Safe haven. It was the place where I felt the most comfortable.

    • Jason Kidd: (on what advice he can give to aspiring NBA players) To dream, to work extremely hard. It just doesn't happen overnight. You have to be patient. Work extremely hard. Even if you get knocked down, or somebody says you can't do it, continue pushing forward.

    • Jason Kidd: (on the best piece of basketball advice he received) ...from my high school coach, to play hard. Any time you walk on the basketball court, to play as if it was your last game.

    • Jason: I try to anticipate exactly where my teammates are going to be. Sometimes I look good. Sometimes I look bad.

    • Jason: My job is not to scream and yell, my job is to cheer you and be positive. If you miss four shots, I'm still going to pass to you.

    • Jason Kidd: The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.

    • Jason Kidd: It's always too early to quit.

    • Jason: Every team that I've gone to has had trouble winning games. I guess that's what I've been put on this earth to do, to fix it.

    • Jason Kidd: Passing is contagious. There's nothing better than making the pass that gives someone an easy hoop.

    • Jason: It was kind of like we didn't miss a beat tonight.

    • Jason: Vince has been playing at a high level and the team is playing right there with him at a high level. But team defense has been the key. It's always been our defense. It's never been our offense.

    • Jason: [Collins] is huge for us. He helps out defensively. He might not show it in the offensive stats, but he gets guys open. He's very solid. That's what you need, someone to be consistent and he's that on both ends.

    • Jason: At the end of the game, we were going through the motions and we just were trying to get the game over with. But the big thing is we played defense and that gave us the opportunity to win.

    • Jason: They left me open a couple of times and I made them. I hope I helped Vince (Carter) out where he doesn't always have to face a double or triple team and also make opponents pay for leaving me. I've been working on it for 11 years and now they're starting to go in.

    • Jason: Business will always be a part of the game. But at the end of the day, the game will be a game.

    • Jason: The 14-game (streak) was different because we never talked about it, we just went out there and played. This is kind of the same. We are not talking about the win streak, but more focusing on trying to get better. We have gotten better, we have won games and hopefully we can continue to do that.

    • Jason: We got stops and we took the ball to the basket and we shared the ball.

    • Jason: That was a big win for us. We ended the year right and now we have to move on.

    • Jason: You've got guys on this team that could average 25 or 30 points a night. R.J. has been patient. He has waited his turn.

    • Jason: We've beaten some quality teams, but we still have a long ways to go. We still have a chance to get better as a group.

    • Jason: We've just found that when we play defense, we go in the right direction. When we don't play defense, we go in the wrong direction.

    • Jason: The big thing for us is to get back to winning and look at what we're not doing. That's taking care of the ball and having a better first quarter, defensively.

    • Jason: I think this team can score. The other teams, we had some droughts where we couldn't find the basket, but we defended. This team understands how important it is to defend.

    • Jason: I'm glad we got another game (tonight) and it's not in Memphis.

    • Jason: Right now we're building on something.

    • Jason: I think a veteran team never panics, and we did not panic. They made a run, and we expected they would make a run. We answered it and kept being aggressive.

    • Jason: When we have the intensity that Vince has had in the last week or so, it means a lot.

    • Jason: On paper you have some big names, but this team just got put together two months ago. It's still trying to find itself.

    • Jason: I hope everybody still is confident that we can turn everything around. But in this league everybody becomes fragile when things don't go well. We'll soon find out.

    • Jason: We have a long ways to go. We didn't play any defense. Again, it's no gray area with us. If we don't play any defense, we're not going to win. Chalk this one under no defense.

    • Jason: We didn't panic. We got some stops, put defensive pressure on them and got the lead back. I was just waiting, having a little popcorn and enjoying the show. When they took the lead, we came to R.J. [Jefferson] and he responded.

    • Jason: No effort. From top to bottom, we just didn't come with any effort.

    • Jason: We couldn't rebound and didn't play defense. If we're going to have a season like that we might have to re-evaluate and score over 100 points a game.

    • Jason: There's always room for improvement. We have a nucleus that's pretty good. You want players that will help. That's what I mean by an important summer. We've been through one tough summer [losing Kenyon Martin ], let's not make it two.

    • Jason: It showed a lot a character, again. You look at getting in late after an emotional win. You felt, 'Hey, we can keep it close, make it respectable, then we did our job.' But we came out and we wanted to win this game, and that showed.

    • Jason: The season's too young. It's 14 games into the season. Nobody will remember this one.

    • Jason: The big thing is, we showed our experience. We came out in overtime, put pressure on them, made some shots and made some stops.

    • Jason: It showed a lot of character. Getting in late after an emotional win, we could have just made it respectable but we did our job and wanted to win and that showed.

    • Jason: We're a team. We've played without guys that have been hurt for six weeks. Guys are going to have to step it up coming off the bench.

    • Jason: We'll use (this as) the marker for the next week or two but come Game 65, if we still haven't learned from that we're going to be way behind the eight ball.

    • Jason: We just laid an egg. We've still got a long way to go. We still have a lot to work on and get better at.

    • Jason: We want that same call at home if we're ever put in that position.

    • Jason: I feel alive mentally and physically, ... I was real excited right there at the end.

    • Jason: We probably will be looking at tape of our defense, ... When we play defense, we can compete with anybody. Unfortunately, we weren't all on the same page. By that I mean we had guys on the ball who normally aren't on the ball. Or maybe he's not hearing the call (on the pick) from the big guy. But there's no better way to learn than to go through it and solve it before it's too late.

    • Jason: I was high, wasn't I? I had the spin. I learned that off Vince, the spin with the kiss.

    • Jason: We learned from the last game that we've got to defend if we want to have any chance to win in this league.

    • Jason: We came out of the blocks and we were going in the right direction and then we took a breath and they just kept playing throughout the whole game.

    • Jason: (refering to his son) T.J. could've done a better job.

    • Jason: I've got to play free agency out, and I've got to look at all of my options.

    • Jason: It gives us a hidden weapon.

    • Jason: I got them back in the game almost single-handedly.

    • Jason: I have a lot of options, and one of them is staying in New Jersey, ... We're going to play them all out and see what happens.

    • Jason: Kobe enjoys that situation. Stepping up and making the big basket or being involved in a key play.

    • Jason: I gotta give our guys credit. They could have folded the tent. But we fought back.

    • Jason: I think we're going in the right direction.

    • Jason: I do that all the time, ... I'm here to work on my game as much as these other guys want to prove themselves. It wasn't anything special. The move presented itself and I just took advantage of it.

    • Jason: That just shows the confidence. He may have thought the game was getting away from him, but then he stepped up. I think that's what we've been talking about all training camp.

    • Jason: Scott can pass and shoot. He's played in systems in Utah and Houston. He's played with Stockton. He understands the game. It makes the game easy. He's made some great passes on cuts. They've got to respect his shot. He'll knock it down if you give him room.

    • Jason: You heard so many horror stories, ... There was a gentleman holding onto his family and onto a pole. His wife was saying, 'Let us go.' There was nothing he could do but he held on and did everything he could to save his family.

    • Jason: From the first year when I got here, we are a lot deeper, ... And offensively, we are off the charts. I think that we shouldn't have too many lulls offensively because we have shooters everywhere now.

    • Jason: I'm a high-risk taker on the court in the sense of trying to squeeze things in there, so as a player, yeah.

    • Jason: It's night and day. It's two different players.

    • Jason: That's the draw. Coach Brown can draw. He can put 'em in the seats.

    • Jason: I don't know what's going to happen. The business always gets in the way of basketball. If there wasn't any business and it was just strictly basketball, then there would be no issue, it would probably be done by now. But the team has to protect itself.

    • Jason: I have mixed emotions, ... I'm sad to be leaving Dallas. I thought we had a good opportunity here. At the same time, this is my job. Wherever I play, I'm going to give 100 percent. This is the business side of the job.

    • Jason: I thought I was trying to do my best and what he wanted me to do, ... I was getting the grasp of it. I know everyone talked about my style of getting up and down the court, but I thought I was starting to grasp what was going on.

    • Jason: (refering to the Dallas Mavericks) We're going to turn this team around 360 degrees.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • A great Dallas Maverick, Jason Kidd will always be remembered as one of the greatest passers in NBA history.

    9.8
    Though rarely had big scoring outbursts of 20 or more points a game, Jason Kidd will be remembered in other ways. Collecting over 10,000 assists in his great career that is still going strong, Jason will always be remembered as one of the best passers in the NBA's history. He was always on his toes, and despite growing to only about 6'2", he had great eyes, a strong arm, and sneaky stealing abilities.



    Some people think the name of the game is just scoring. Although, I also like to check the boxscores for players who scored 35, 40, 45 points, I also love those great defensive moments where, somebody, such as Jason Kidd, would make a clutch steal to either end the game, or give his team the ball in a chance to win the game. Or maybe a double-double, with points and assists, or maybe even a triple-double, in which he has over a hundred of in his career. He's one of the best rebounding guards in NBA history, too.



    But anyways, I also love to see those playmakers. Jason Kidd is a great playmaker. It's a shame he is yet to win an NBA championship, because he surely deserves one. Currently at about 35, Kidd has limited years left, before he retires. He NEEDS a title ring.moreless
  • Started as a Dallas Maverick.. went to New Jersey, and now may just end up a Mav once again.

    9.4
    Jason Kidd is an awesome player. Despite not being the tallest player in the league, he can go in there and rack up some boards. Points, well, he IS an awesome three point shooter to say the least. And what is that other thing? Oh yeah. ASSISTS!!! Why do I put 'assists' in all caps? Well maybe it is because he is one of the league leaders in assists, with just over 10, actually closer to ten and a half, but just saying.. He also leads the league with 14 triple doubles. The rest of the league has 17 triple doubles combined! Jason Kidd is already averaging a double double in points and assists, and rebounds, he just needs maybe fifteen good rebounding games to get him a triple double average. He has 8.1 rebounds per game coming into the All-Star Break. Did I mention he is also part of the starting lineup for the Eastern Conference in the 2008 All-Star Game? Well duh!!



    And to think he started out as a Dallas Maverick, then was soon traded to the New Jersey Nets. But a ridiculous trade between the two teams could send two Nets, including Jason Kidd, to the Dallas Mavericks for five different players, Devin Harris, Jerry Stackhouse, Desagana Diop and Maurice Ager. The final one, Devean George is what is stopping the trade from happening. But do you think it'd be better for both teams if this trade happened?moreless
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