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Jason Kidd Named to NBA All-Defensive First Team

Fourth Time in Illustrious 12-Year Career

Kidd was fifth in the NBA with 150 steals during the 2005-06.
New Jersey Nets guard Jason Kidd has been named to the NBA First Team All-Defensive team for the fourth time in his 12-year career, the NBA announced today. Joining Jason on the First Team were Kobe Bryant-LA Lakers, Bruce Bowen-San Antonio, Ron Artest-Sacramento, Andre Kirilenko-Utah and Ben Wallace-Detroit.

This is a great honor, said Kidd. It is very rewarding to know that your play has earned this type of respect from the coaches throughout the league.

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.

This past season, Kidd played in 80 games, averaging 13.3 points, 8.4 assists, 7.3 rebounds and 1.9 steals. He also notched eight triple-doubles, giving him 75 for his career, which ranks fourth all-time behind Oscar Robertson (181), Magic Johnson (138) and Wilt Chamberlain (78).

The 33-year old Kidd, a 6-4 All-American out of California, was a First Team All-Defensive selection in 1998-99, 2000-01 and 2001-02, and was named to the Second Team in 1999-2000, 2002-03, 2003-04 and 2004-05.