Jason Kidd announced his retirement from the NBA yesterday. New York Knicks Executive Vice President of Basketball Operation and general manager Glen Grunwald made the announcement.
“Jason’s value to the Knicks and the National Basketball Association cannot be quantified by statistics alone,” Grunwald said. “Everyone here in New York saw firsthand what a tremendous competitor he is and why Jason is considered to be one of the best point guards, and leaders, the game has ever seen.”
“My time in professional basketball has been an incredible journey, but one that must come to an end after 19 years,” Kidd said. “As I reflect on my time with the four teams I represented in the NBA, I look back fondly at every season and thank each every one of my teammates and coaches that joined me on the court.”
Over his 19 seasons, Kidd averaged 12.6 points, 8.7 assists, 6.3 rebounds and 1.93 steals per game as a member of the Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, New Jersey Nets and Knicks. On the League’s all-time leaders lists he ranks: second in season-appearances (19), sixth in games played (1,391), third in minutes (50,111), second in assists (12,091), second in steals (2,684), third in three-point field goals (1,988), 50th overall in rebounds and first overall amongst guards (8,725), 71st in points scored (17,529) and third in triple-doubles (107).
Beyond the regular season, the 10-time All-Star averaged 12.9 points, 7.8 assists, 6.7 rebounds and 1.91 steals per game, leading the Mavericks to the 2011 NBA Championship. He’s also a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist.