Greatness far beyond the numbers.
Kidd was a highly-touted player in Oakland, led St. Joseph Notre Dame High School to two state championships and was named national player of the year by multiple outlets. From there, he went on to Cal where he was Freshman of the Year and an All-American as a sophomore.
After two seasons at Cal, Kidd was selected by the Mavs with the No. 2 pick in the 1994 Draft. Averaging 11.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 1.9 steals per in his first season, he shared Rookie of the Year honors with then-Detroit Pistons phenom Grant Hill.
Kidd averaged 14.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 9.4 apg and 2.1 spg in his first seven seasons with Dallas and Phoenix. But it was in New Jersey where he made his biggest impact, which he was traded to on July 18, 2001 for Stephon Marbury and others. He led the Nets (who doubled their win total in his first season) to The Finals in 2002 and 2003, their two most successful seasons in the 45 years since the NBA/ABA merger. Additionally, Kidd finished second in MVP voting in the 2001-02 season.
The Nets won nine playoff series in Kidd's six postseasons and they lost in the first round once in his time there. But by the 2007-08 season, the Nets were faltering in the East and he forced his way back to Dallas in February of 2008 via a trade. There, he helped the Mavs win their first championship as a key part of the 2010-11 team.
Kidd finished his career in New York, where he helped the Knicks to their best season since their trip to The Finals in 1999. Kidd played 19 NBA seasons and his teams reaching the playoffs in each of the last 17.
Kidd was known as a poor shooter when he came into the league, but he developed a jump shot in New Jersey and shot 36.9% from 3-point range over his final nine seasons. When he retired, he was third on the all-time 3-pointers list.
A success on the international basketball stage, Kidd won gold medals with U.S. National Team in 2000 and 2008.
Immediately upon retiring, Kidd was hired as coach of the Brooklyn Nets. After one season with Brooklyn, he became the coach in Milwaukee, where he led the Bucks to one of the biggest season-to-season improvements in NBA history and reached the playoffs in three of his four seasons there. He won a championship as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2020 and was hired as coach of the Mavericks in June of 2021.
Kidd was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame in 2018, part of a class that also included Hill, Ray Allen and Steve Nash.