Jason Frederick Kidd is an American professional basketball who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Kidd is a 1-Time NBA Champion, 10-Time NBA All-Star, 5 Time All-NBA First Team, 4-Time All-NBA Defensive First Team, 1-Time All-NBA Second Team, 5-Time All-NBA Defensive Second Team. Kidd played his high school basketball at the University of California, Berkeley.
In his freshman year, Kidd averaged 13.0 points, 7.7 assists, 4.9 rebounds, and 3.8 steals per game. He set an NCAA record for most steals by a freshman with 110 and earned national Freshman of the Year honors and a spot on the All-Pac-10 team. In his sophomore year, Kidd averaged 16.7 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.1 steals, and 9.1 assists. He was selected First Team All-American as well as Pac-10 Player of the Year.
Kidd was drafted as the 2nd overall pick in the 1994 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks. In his rookie season, he averaged 11.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 7.7 assists and led the NBA in triple-doubles. He was named co-NBA Rookie of the Year along with Grant Hill. Kidd was traded to the Phoenix Suns in 1996. After 5 seasons with the Suns, he was traded to the New Jersey Nets in 2001. Under Kidd's guidance, the young Nets team prospered through the playoffs reaching the 2002 NBA Finals where they got swept by the Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant's Los Angeles Lakers.
Kidd and the Nets enjoyed another stellar season under Kidd's leadership in the 2002–03 season, reaching their second consecutive NBA Finals where they lost to Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs in 6 games. After the season, Kidd signed a 6-year, $99 million deal with the Nets. In the 2006-2007 postseason, Kidd averaged 14.6 points, 10.9 assists, and 10.9 rebounds in twelve playoff games, becoming just the third NBA Player to average a triple-double in multiple playoff series and just the second player in NBA history to average a triple-double for an entire postseason.
Kidd returned to the Dallas Mavericks in 2008 for his second stint with the franchise. Kidd won his first NBA Championship in 2011 as the Mavericks defeated the Miami Heat in 6 games. With this victory, Kidd became the oldest starting point guard ever to lead his team to the championship. Kidd signed with the New York Knicks in 2011. He decided to retire from the NBA in 2013.
With an exceptional ability to pass and rebound the ball, Kidd always remained close to scoring a triple-double. He ranks third in both all-time regular season triple-doubles leaders and all-time playoff triple-doubles leaders with 107 and 11 respectively. He is also second on the NBA all-time lists in career assists and steals and ninth on the 3-point field goals made category. Kidd is also a 2-time Olympic Gold Medallist and a member of Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.