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.