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Kidd run to 10K assists no ordinary milestone

By John Schuhmann,
Posted Mar 4 2009 11:26AM

In the NBA, there are milestones and there are milestones. When you achieve something that only three other players have done in the 63-year history of the league, it's pretty significant.

Late in the third quarter of the Mavericks 109-98 win over the Raptors on Sunday, Jason Kidd found Brandon Bass in the lane for a short turnaround jumper. It was assist No. 10,000 in Kidd's illustrious 15-year career.

You can say that Kidd has lost a step since he carried the Nets to the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003. You can say that young point guards such as Chris Paul, Deron Williams and Tony Parker have passed him by.

But no matter how talented any of the above are, none of them can pass like Kidd.

Kidd is a future Hall of Famer and his court vision is unmatched in the game today. He frequently makes passes that no one in the building sees coming. The phrase "makes his teammates better" is used often to describe Kidd. It's never inappropriate.

In honor of this milestone, The Numbers Game has compiled some of Kidd's more notable assist numbers. Here's a look:

All-Time NBA Assist Leaders
John Stockton 15,806
Mark Jackson 10,334
Magic Johnson 10,141
Jason Kidd 10,007
Oscar Robertson 9,887
Active Career Assist Leaders
Jason Kidd 10,007
Steve Nash 7,291
Stephon Marbury 6,401
Sam Cassell 5,939
Andre Miller 5,864
Kidd's Most Assists vs. Opponent
Sacramento 422
San Antonio 413
Seattle 409
Golden State 407
L.A. Clippers 406
Recipients of Kidd's Assists*
Richard Jefferson 890
Vince Carter 741
Clifford Robinson 694
Kenyon Martin 508
Kerry Kittles 486
* = Recipients since the 1997-98 season, according to Elias Sports Bureau

While Kidd's above-listed assist category numbers are impressive, here's a closer look at some other standout numbers from Kidd's career.

More Assist Numbers
Number The Buzz
1 Times Kidd has failed to record an assist. On Dec. 11, 2004, Kidd finished with zero assists in 17 minutes off the bench in a Nets win in Atlanta. He has recorded at least one assist in each of the other 1,085 games he has played.
3 Number of times Kidd has led the league in total assists (1998-99, 2000-01 and 2002-03). Comparatively, Magic Johnson led the league in assists three times, Mark Jackson led it once and John Stockton led the league nine times.
6.1 Assists per game Kidd would need to average over the Mavs' final 22 games this season to pass Johnson for third place all-time.
9.5 Assists per game Kidd has averaged in his career in weekend games (Friday-Sunday). He has averaged 8.9 apg on weekdays (Monday-Thursday).
9.8 Assists per game Kidd has averaged in home games in his career. He has averaged 8.6 apg on the road.
10.5 Assists per game Kidd has recorded in 39 games against the Seattle SuperSonics, marking his highest average against any foe.
10.8 Kidd's highest assist average for a season, in 1998-99 with Phoenix.
14.9 Assists per game Kidd would need to average over the Mavs' final 22 games this season to pass Jackson for second-place all-time.
15 Times Kidd has come one assist shy of a triple-double in his career.
25 Kidd's career high for assists in a game. He set it on Feb. 8, 1996 in a double-overtime win over the Jazz. It's the only time he's recorded 20 assists or more in a game.
30 NBA record for assists in a game, set by Scott Skiles (Orlando) on Dec. 30, 1990 in a 155-116 win over the Nuggets.
492 Games in which Kidd has recorded 10-plus assists. Thats 45.3 percent of his 1,086 career games.
630 Games Kidd would have to play to pass Stockton for No. 1 on the all-time assist list if he averaged his career rate of 9.2 apg. He would do it in January of 2017, at the age of 43.
961 Kidds career postseason assists, in 105 games, an average of 9.2 per game.
1,953 Assists Kidd has recorded in the month of March during his career. That's the highest total for any month.
4,620 Assists Kidd recorded with the Nets (9.1 per game). He had 3,011 (9.7 per game) with the Suns and has recorded 2,376 (8.8 per game) with the Mavs.
21,521 Approximate total points Kidd has assisted on (2.15 per assist -- 15 percent of the league's made field goals since '94-95 have been threes). That's almost 6,400 more points than he has scored himself.
NOTE: All stats are current through March 3, 2009.
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