Mavericks coach Jason Kidd named 36th best player of all-time

Dallas Mavericks, Jason Kidd
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The Dallas Mavericks hired Jason Kidd to be their head coach last summer. The Hall of Fame point guard quarterbacked the Mavs to a championship in 2011 and was the star on the Nets as they made two straight NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003. Kidd struggled in his first two head coaching stops, but Dallas owner Mark Cuban believed he was the right man to lead Luka Doncic and company as they look to jump into title contention.

The accolades from Kidd’s playing career continue to roll in. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018 and named as one of the NBA’s 75 best players of all-time earlier this year. It was a gigantic honor, and fans can expect J-Kidd to be part of a special All-Star weekend in Cleveland come February.

The Athletic is ranking the 75 best players in NBA history to celebrate the league’s 75th anniversary, and the current Mavericks head coach and former point guard landed 36th on their list. Should Kidd rank higher?

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Mavericks coach Jason Kidd lands at 36th on all-time list: Should he be higher?

Kidd accomplished it all during his 19-year playing career. He won a championship, was a ten-time All-Star, and on the All-Defensive team nine teams, and lead the league in assists five times. J-Kidd is unquestionably one of the greatest point guards of all time, and he sits second in career assists.

Kidd just edged out fellow former Maverick Steve Nash on the list, and there is a strong case for J-Kidd to be in the top 30. The Athletic is still releasing their rankings, so it will be easier to quibble when the full list is out. It was still a fantastic honor to be named the 36th best player in NBA history.

Jason Kidd is facing a tall task in leading the Dallas Mavericks to the playoffs. They currently sit in a play-in position as the team struggles to stay afloat with COVID-related absences. Can the Mavs get into the top six in the West? Stay tuned to find out.

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