The NBA announced its finalists for this year’s Naismith Hall of Fame class on Saturday and Jason Kidd, the greatest Net of their NBA era, was on the list, along with what is described as a particularly starry field.
Along with Kidd, Ray Allen, Grant Hill and Steve Nash are newly eligible candidates, Former NBA stars Maurice Cheeks and Chris Webber are also among the 2018 finalists. With the new Hall of Fame waiting period reduced from five to three years, the 2018 field is both bigger and more deserving.
Kidd is considered a lock to be enshrined later this year.
Kidd played seven years with the Nets. In his first year, 2001-02, he took a moribund team that had won 26 games the year before and took them to the NBA Finals where they were swept by the Lakers. The next season he did it again, winning 49 games. They lost to the Spurs 4-2 that year, but the Nets went to the playoffs each year of the Kidd era and he recorded 61 of his career 107 triple doubles in New Jersey.
Kidd’s career highlights extended beyond his time with the Nets. He won an NBA championship with the Mavericks in 2011 and Olympic gold medals with Team USA in 2000 and 2008. The last time the Nets, Mavericks and Knicks won more than 50 games in a season, Kidd was their point guard. The 52 wins the 2001-02 Nets recorded remain the most in franchise history, the only time they won 50 games.
Kidd returned to the Nets as their head coach in 2013-14, leading the Nets to their only playoff series win in the Brooklyn era. He left for the Bucks at the end of that season losing a power struggle with GM Billy King. Relations between Kidd and team ownership remain icy
At the end of his 19-year career, Kidd ranked high on a number of NBA career lists.
Kidd recorded the third-most triple-doubles in NBA history (107). Only Magic Johnson (138), and Oscar Robertson (181) have more.
Kidd started 1,350 of the 1,391 total games he played in his career.
Kidd averaged more than eight assists and six rebounds per game in 15 separate seasons.
Kidd made the second-most assists in NBA history (12,091), trailing only John Stockton (15,806).
Kidd is second on the all-time steals list (2,684), again trailing Stockton (3,265).
Kidd now ranks ninth on the all-time three pointers made list, at 1,988, sandwiched between Vince Carter, who he played with, and Joe Johnson, who he coached. When he retired, he ranked third.
The Hall of Fame vote will be announced on March 31, a week after Kidd’s 45th birthday.
- Jason Kidd, Steve Nash among 13 finalists for Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2018 - Steve Aschburner - NBA.com