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Basketball: He’s no Kidd anymore

Two months shy of his 39th birthday and playing his 18th NBA season, Jason Kidd may be nearing the end of  the line.

The former Cal star came out the Dallas Mavericks’ game on Friday night with a right calf strain. The severity was uncertain, according to coach Rick Carlisle. But Kidd already had missed four games with back spasms and his production this season is the lowest of his career: 4.3 points, 5.5 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game.

If Kidd were to retire today, here are his career totals: 16,837 points, 11,660 assists (2nd all-time in NBA history), 8,275 rebounds (1st all-time among guards), 2,502 steals (3rd all-time) and 1,812 three-point baskets (3rd all-time).

He has played 47,148 minutes of NBA basketball — eighth-most in history.

A first-ballot Hall of Famers? You bet.

The tougher question: Where does Kidd rate among the greatest point guards?

Certainly behind Magic Johnson, his idol. And Oscar Robertson, if you want to classify him as a point guard. Only Magic and the Big O had more triple-doubles than Kidd’s 107.

But who else is better?

Arguments could be made for John Stockton, Gary Payton, Steve Nash, Isiah Thomas and Bob Cousy.

Any way you slice it, Kidd is among the elite handful to play the position. And his playing days may be running out. 

 

Jeff Faraudo