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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

2013 Report Card: Jason Kidd

Similarity Scores

PlayerID FLName Year Tm PER TS_P eFG_P PTS ORB TRB AST STL BLK TOV
0 Jason Kidd 2013 NYK 13.5 .532 .511 8.1 0.9 5.7 4.4 2.2 0.4 1.3
0.204 Darrell Armstrong 2008 NJN 8.7 .499 .468 8.1 1.1 4.4 4.8 1.8 0.1 2.7
0.452 Grant Hill 2012 PHO 12.3 .500 .461 13.0 0.8 4.5 2.8 1.1 0.8 1.7
0.555 Sam Perkins 2001 IND 11.1 .499 .465 8.7 1.2 6.1 1.5 1.2 0.6 0.7
0.610 George Blanda 1975 OAK 9.6 .502 .485 10.6 1.1 5.2 1.7 0.9 0.8 1.2
0.616 Minnie Minoso 1980 CWS 19.3 .491 .450 19.5 0.8 5.9 3.7 1.5 0.5 2.1
0.628 Gordie Howe 1980 HAR 21.7 .534 .463 20.4 1.4 7.7 4.6 1.7 0.4 2.6
0.650 Ted Radcliffe 1950 CAG 8.3 .529 .418 5.2 2.6 7.5 2.8 0.9 0.4 1.5
0.654 Cap Anson 1897 CHI 9.5 .483 .465 7.2 1.7 8.4 2.1 1.1 1.4 1.4
0.722 Granma Moses 1942 NY 16.6 .582 .503 16.7 0.3 2.7 2.5 0.9 0.1 1.3
0.849 Methuselah 1656BC EDN 8.7 .540 .531 11.4 0.8 3.6 0.9 0.8 0.0 1.3

Thirty games into the season, Jason Kidd looked like the greatest thing since sliced bread. He had redefined himself in Dallas as a deadly three point specialist who could play some defense at either guard position. He was an intelligent point guard who was active on the defensive glass. In New York, Kidd helped the offense with his tremendous ball control (the Knicks were first in turnover rate on offense last year), and his three point shooting spread the floor. He was so valuable to the Knicks that he averaged nearly 30 minutes a game in that time span.

Then came game 31, and the Indiana Pacers. The veteran point guard had made 66 of 150 three pointers (44.0%) prior to that game, but that night in the Mid-West he managed only 2 of 9 from deep. Somewhere during that game, Kidd drove off of Sandy Alomar Cliff. Over his second 30 games, Jason only made 30 of 123 three pointers (24.3%), a nearly 20 percent point decline.

Lots of players lose their shot from time to time, but Kidd’s shot had a ripple effect on the rest of his performance. Where he was once highly valuable, without his stroke, Kidd was rendered useless on offense. In the playoffs, Kidd was downright feeble, failing to score in his final 10 games. He went from Steve Kerr to Chris Duhon.

Courtesy of SBNation

I saw plenty of this during the Duhon era.
Picture via SBNation

Kidd’s NBA career has Greek Tragedy written all over it. Young Jason Kidd is blinded by his own ego, but eventually overcomes it to become one of the best combatants in the wooden arena, albeit with one weakness. Eventually our young hero toils to overcome his flaw, but by the time he addresses it, he’s old and his other skills have declined. He fights the slow decay of his body and finds that although he’s no longer the warrior he once was, he’s phenomenal at the skill he once lacked. And the minute he realizes this, he loses that skill, and in turn loses everything. In the afterlife he shakes the hand of Hades, and is back for his second life.

By the playoffs, he kinda played like a statue.

By the playoffs, he kinda played like a statue.

Grades (5 point scale):
Offense: 1 (4 for 30 games, -2 for after)
Defense: 3
Teamwork: 3
Rootability: 3
Performance/Expectations: #ERROR#
Final Grade: C-

Jason Kidd used to be good. Pepperidge Farm remembers.

Jason Kidd used to be good. Pepperidge Farm remembers.

15 comments on “2013 Report Card: Jason Kidd

  1. SeeWhyDee77

    Ha!! Awesome..I can’t help but laugh at this one because apart from being on point as usual- the Greek tragedy and meme are hilarious. Good stuff. I think Kidd should have retired after Dallas won. Or maybe Woodson should’ve used him strictly as a backup PG. unfortunately we didn’t really have a lot of options until Shump was ready..no way Woodson was gonna start JR. Or even Prigioni. I think Woodson knew what he had in Prigioni but he trusted Kidd more because he’s done it in the league. Can’t argue that. Only problem is, other players’ injuries were a big catalyst to Kidd’s final days as a NBA PG. if guys were healthy, Kidd would have spelled Felton for maybe 18 mpg and probably would have stayed fresh. But..though his game may have abandoned him, he did set a great on court example for Knick guards to lean on in future games. I really really wish he was an assistant for Woodson instead of HC of that other team in NYC..I meant..the new New Jersey Nets.

  2. Mike Kurylo Post author

    ….aaaaaand he’s on probation for dui. Guess that makes him Dionysos?

    http://espn.go.com/new-york/nba/story/_/id/9481894/jason-kidd-brooklyn-nets-pleads-guilty-dwi-case-2012

    Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd pleaded guilty Tuesday to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge and was placed on interim probation nearly a year after he smashed his Cadillac SUV into a utility pole on eastern Long Island.

    In exchange for the guilty plea, Kidd agreed to speak to Long Island high school students about the dangers of drunken driving. If he fulfills his community service, his plea will be reduced to a violation — driving while ability impaired — when he returns to court on Sept. 30.

  3. DRed

    If Kidd had no arms or legs in the playoffs that would go a long way to explaining why he was so fucking bad.

  4. ephus

    I believe that the 32.8 minutes/game that Kidd played in December, followed by the Felton injury in January that required Kidd to be the primary PG, led to the collapse at the end of the season. I do not know if he could have sustained an easier pace, but it is clear he did not have enough in the tank for the run that Woodson asked.

  5. Juany8

    One thing that isn’t being pointed out often is that while Kidd was being awesome at the start of the season, Prigs was terrified of taking shots and barely getting playing time. By the end of the year, we were replicating the early season success by putting prigs in kidd’s position and role since he was much improved after getting some experience. So at least part of what we lose from the early stretch Kidd had will be replaced with prigs being competent. Furthermore, shump was injured the entire time, and Ronnie brewer went to shit pretty quickly. That switch should also help. Lastly, there was a point during the season where James white was starting at shooting guard since our rotation had fallen to pieces. So our worst stretch of the season coincided with injuries more than anything else.

    I don’t see any reason why the Knicks can’t have a very similar regular season and a better postseason, even if they aren’t going to be favorites and there is an excellent chance we will lose in the second round. The league is stacked though, being in the top 8 with teams like Memphis, the rockets, the clippers, and pacers doesn’t sound terrible to me.

  6. Unreason

    ephus:
    I believe that the 32.8 minutes/game that Kidd played in December, followed by the Felton injury in January that required Kidd to be the primary PG, led to the collapse at the end of the season.I do not know if he could have sustained an easier pace, but it is clear he did not have enough in the tank for the run that Woodson asked.

    Woodson cannot be accused of obsessively watching the fuel gauge. In retrospect Prigs was clearly underutilized. Not as easy to see how good he’d be at the time I’m sure. But I’m curious why Woodson’s hand was so hard to force on both Prigs, Cope, and Camby when the advantages of allowing key guys to save something for the playoffs was obvious.

  7. ephus

    Unreason: Prigs, Cope, and Camby

    One of these things is not like the others,
    One of these things just doesn’t belong,
    Can you guess which is not like the others,
    Before I end my song?

  8. Unreason

    ephus: One of these things is not like the others,
    One of these things just doesn’t belong,
    Can you guess which is not like the others,
    Before I end my song?

    I know. I lumped him in to keep the post short. He’s a different case for sure. His complete absence when TC was ill and then again when he and KMart were both getting abused in the playoffs and is still a bit perplexing though. Bad as Camby was, the difference in TC’s 4th quarters with an extra 10 min of rest might have made up for it.

    Not sure where he got this number but, according to Isola: “Only the Minnesota Timberwolves lost more player games than the Knicks.” http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/knicks/3-4-months-undergoing-knee-surgery-article-1.1399487#ixzz2ZFZ8gf8H

  9. Unreason

    It seems like there will be several very good teams in both conferences. That will make the reg season more enjoyable and reduce the Knicks’ playoff prospects. Personally, I’d rather have it that way than a reg season littered with laughers and meaningless games but an easier path to post-season success.

  10. Z

    I’d like to see the similarity scores between Gordie Howe and Carmelo Anthony. Carmelo scored a bit more, but Howe was apparently a slightly better rebounder. (Or was 1980 a career year for him on the glass at the ripe old age of 52?)

  11. SeeWhyDee77

    Z: I’d like to see the similarity scores between Gordie Howe and Carmelo Anthony. Carmelo scored a bit more, but Howe was apparently a slightly better rebounder. (Or was 1980 a career year for him on the glass at the ripe old age of 52?)

    Ha!

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