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The Dallas Mavericks are being led by none other than future Hall of Fame point guard Jason Kidd. If you consider his playoff performances while being part of the veteran Mavericks squad, it’s somewhat surprising to see that his leadership and playmaking ability are still at such a high level.
His teammates see him as the glue in a team full of great individual performers whom have yet to reach that ultimate height in terms of team sports.
Kidd has been in the league for 16 years and has had a great amount of success, especially when you consider what he did as the leader of the overachieving New Jersey Nets. So when you consider the history of this point guard, it’s not hard to see why he belongs in Dallas and it s not hard to see why the Mavericks need a player like Kidd and gave away their young point guard Harris to make way for this high level, proven guard.
Last post season was not particularly good for Kidd or the Mavericks and the hall of famer was noticeably outplayed and watching him against the younger guards in the NBA left us all with a sense that the game had passed him by…but I was wrong and so were many others.
At 38, Jason Kidd has brought himself back to this point where he could add the one thing his career is lacking…he could also lead the way in providing that very same thing for his star forward Dirk Nowitzki.
Would you believe that the old worn out point is not so worn out after all, would you believe that Kidd is leading all players in steals this post season; his game has changed in a way where he no longer resemble that quick flashy player he once was.
Rarely is Jason Kidd scoring points in the paint and taking advantage of smaller guards with his size, quickness and speed. He now lives outside the paint hitting 3 pointers while still finding ways to help out his veteran teammates.
Even throughout all this, Jason Kidd still remains a great rebounder and one of the greatest rebounders playing the guard position in the history of this league…that has yet to change.
The challenge now for the Mavericks and for Kidd is the Miami Heat and the Heatles which they have been dubbed oddly enough by themselves. Will Kidd be up to the challenge? That is a question that we wouldn’t be asking this tough veteran, but this is no regular foe in the South Beach trio.
Kidd will have to come up big and run this team to perfection in order to be victorious and claim that illusive title, but what would be a better way to end your career than to claim that ultimate prize and ride off in to the hall of fame sunset.