JASON KIDD NAMED TO
NINTH TIME NAMED TO AN ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM IN 13-YEAR CAREER
East Rutherford, NJ-New Jersey Nets guard Jason Kidd has been named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team for the fifth time in his 13-year career, the NBA announced today. Kidd has also been named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team four times in his career. Joining Kidd on the Second Team were Chicago teammates Ben Wallace and Kirk Hinrich, Detroit’s Tayshaun Prince and Minnesota’s Kevin Garnett.
“This is an honor that never gets old,” said Kidd. “Defense is a part of the game that I have always taken a great deal of pride in, and it is very rewarding to be recognized by the coaches.”
“This is a tremendous accomplishment for Jason,” said Nets Head Coach Lawrence Frank. “This recognition of his defensive ability is a true testament to the will and determination that makes him a Hall of Fame player.”
Kidd played in 80 games this season, averaging 13.0 ppg 8.2 rpg and 9.2 apg, becoming only the third player in NBA history (Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson) to average at least 13 points eight rebounds and nine assists in a season. Kidd also set a career-high with 12 triple-doubles, moving into third place all-time with 87 in his career.
The 34-year old Kidd, a 6-4 All-American out of California, was an All-Defensive First Team selection in 1998-99, 2000-01, 2001-02, 2005-06 and was named to the Second Team in 1999-2000, 2002-03, 2003-04 and 2004-05.
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