Jason Kidd: The Captain
September 9, 2013
Jason Kidd captained the Nets to a pair of NBA Finals appearances – the two best seasons in team history.
Kidd, traded straight up for All-Star Stephon Marbury before the 2001-02 season, led the Nets to a franchise-best 52 wins in his first year with the team.
Kidd battled the Pacers in several epic playoff matchups, most notably a double-overtime thriller in the deciding Game Five of 2002's First Round series.
Kidd's deft passing often kept opponents guessing – even as he attacked the rim for his own two points.
Kidd hit big shot after big shot to sink "Mr. Big Shot" and the Pistons in the 2003 Eastern Conference Finals.
Kidd helped produce some impressive postseason performances against the Celtics, none more than the quick response to a Game Three loss in 2002 that had everyone thinking the momentum had shifted to Boston. The Nets won the next three games, closing out the series in six.
In the 2002 NBA Finals, Kidd and Co. took on Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant's daunting Lakers squad, which entered with back-to-back titles.
Kidd averaged 12.6 points during his 18-year NBA career, which totaled 1,391 games.
Jason Kidd twice raised Eastern Conference Championships while playing for the Nets.
A second Finals appearance pitted the Nets against Tim Duncan's Spurs, who had already won the first of their four NBA Championship with Duncan on the squad.
Kidd's No. 5 jersey will hang in the Barclays Center rafters following its October 17th retirement ceremony.