The Dallas Mavericks drafted Jason Kidd with the second overall pick in 1994, and he won Rookie of the Year and was an All-Star in his first two seasons. The point guard made an immediate impact, but internal friction saw him traded to the Suns in 1996.
Kidd came back to Dallas in 2008 and was the team’s starting point guard on their 2011 championship team. He made three All-Star appearances between his two stints with the Mavericks, which was just eight of his 19 NBA seasons. Kidd arguably had his best seasons with the Suns and Nets during his Hall of Fame career, but he will forever be a Mavs legend.
The NBA is naming the 75-best players in league history as part of their 75th anniversary celebrating, and Kidd found his name announced among the final 25 players on the list thanks to his unbelievable playing career. It turned into 76 players total due to a tie in the balloting.
Dallas Mavericks head coach Jason Kidd named to NBA 75
Kidd was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018, but he was no guarantee for the NBA 75. There was plenty of competition for the 75 spots with J-Kidd's resume being just too strong among the panel of media, players, general managers, and team executives. He was a ten-time All-Star, nine-time All-Defense, and six-time All-NBA point guard. Kidd was one of the best of his generation and further cemented his status as one of the all-time greats.
The Dallas Mavericks brought back Jason Kidd this summer to be their head coach, and he has already had a positive impact in the locker room. The Hall of Famer is keeping the communication open and emphasizing defense as the Mavs attempt to jump into title contention behind superstar Luka Doncic. Fans will be watching Kidd’s impact on the team closely this season.
Jason Kidd was not the only Dallas Mavericks to make the NBA 75 with GOAT Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash being no-brainer inclusions. Luka Doncic is on pace to go down as an all-time great, but how will J-Kidd impact his development? Stay tuned to find out.