Basketball: Kidd passes MJ

Jason Kidd’s skills clearly are in decline — heck, the guy turns 39 next month.

But on Monday night he passed Michael Jordan for the No. 2 all-time spot in career steals. He had three in the Mavericks’ win over Boston and now has  2,517. MJ had 2,514. John Stockton is the all-time leader with 3,265.

Kidd, the former St. Joseph’s HS and Cal star, has assembled a remarkable NBA resume.

He is No. 2 all-time in assists (11,705) and No. 3 in 3-point baskets (1,826). He has more rebounds (8,312) than any guard to have played the game. 

Kidd has achieved his numbers through impressive durability over 18 seasons. He stands eighth all-time in minutes played (47,334) and should move past Reggie Miller, John Stockton and Wilt Chamberlain into fifth by the end of this season.

Although it’s always been his lowest priority, Kidd has scored 16,889 career points — more than Pete Maravich, Walt Frazier or Bill Russell.

And last season he finally got a ring.


Jeff Faraudo

  • To take nothing away from Jason Kidd and his marvelous career, but really, is anyone surprised by these statistics? Mr Kidd is one of the great basketball geniuses who could absolutely dominate a game while rarely scoring.

  • rob bear

    I do not watch the NBA, but if there was ever a candidate for “First Ballot Hall of Famer”, this is the guy. The epitome of what a player should be without the ball, rebounding and defending, and with the ball, giving it to others.

  • CALiforniALUM

    Those last 8 words are the most important.

    “And last season he finally got a ring.”

  • AKBear

    Best and most entertaining player that I have ever seen on the court at Haas. He elevated passing to a form of art.