By John Schuhmann, NBA.com
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:
|* = 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|
|NOTE: All stats are current through March 3, 2009.|
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