He is the new kid around the block. His name is none other than Jason Kidd. For years fans dreamed of having the point guard legend on the their Knicks’ team. We all know Jason Kidd as that guy that came into the Garden as an opponent to make sure the Knicks lost.
If it wasn’t in a playoff game it was the regular season where Jason Kidd would lead his team to defeat the Knicks. Kidd was the guy you loved to hate. From year to year Kidd dazzled spectators with his flashy no-look, between the legs, split bounce passes, spin moves, and alley oops. You know, a human highlight film.
Kidd has a long resume that includes winning a NBA title and being on the NBA first team list of offense and defense numerous times. Now fast forward to the 2012-13 season with Kidd bringing 18 years of NBA experience to the Knicks. At age 39, Kidd is still trying to make things happen. The Knicks are off to a great start this season with the league's best record of 4-0 and Jason Kidd is one of the main reasons why.
Before the season started, there were many question marks as to why the Knicks were going after Kidd this late in his career. People also wondered if he would start at the point or back up Knicks point guard Raymond Felton. To everyone’s surprise Knicks head coach Mike Woodson elected to have both guards start in the backcourt. So far the payoff has been great. The Knicks have another coach on the court in Jason Kidd who has seen every type of defensive schemes opponents can throw at the Knicks.
At 6’4” Kidd has court vision that allows him to point out weak points in the defense. On offense Kidd knows when to tell his teammates to get to the right spot, shoot, set a pick, or cut to the hole. The Knicks' turnovers are at an all-time low and the Knicks have a league best at 10.3 turnovers a game. If the ball is in his hands or if he's playing the off guard position, Kidd helps make plays.
The benefit of having Kidd:
1. Veteran leadership and experience to bring a team together on and off the court.
2. A defensive stopper at the 2 guard position. Now the Knicks have a starting 2 guard who can guard his man 1-on-1 without constantly switching.
3. Three point shooting. Kidd is becoming lethal for the Knicks with his outside shooting. He is currently shooting 50% from the outside. His 3 point shooting creates space for his teammates.
4. Rebounding at the guard position.
5. Improving ball movement. With Kidd on the court you can bet there will be rare times when there is no ball movement.
6. Having another player who can push the ball like Felton and excel in the halfcourt.
Kidd is a great fit for a team forming an identity and trying to advance in the playoffs. However, at some point we will have to ask tough questions like "How many minutes can Kidd log in an 82 game season and will he be playoff ready"?