Looming Large: Jason Kidd
(Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
(Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Editor-in-Chief, MagicIllustrated
Posted Feb 5, 2008
Charlie Bernstein


There have been very few players in the history of the NBA who can be considered legitimate playmakers and game changers without scoring. In today's game, there is only one player that scores around 10 points per game and has a complete impact every time he's on the court, and it's the Nets Jason Kidd.

Kidd is the ultimate point guard, and is the best all around distributor of the ball since Magic Johnson. Kidd instantly makes any team better, and does much more than pass. Kidd is one of the best rebounders in the league at the guard position, and he can score when he needs to. Although Kidd is trying to be the first player since the great Oscar Robertson to average a triple-double for a season, his value can't be measured by pure statistics. Every player on the court benefits from having Jason Kidd play with him, and there's just a handful of current players in which that applies- Steve Nash, LeBron James, and possibly Kevin Garnett.

The Magic will have their hands full on Wednesday night when the Nets come to town, largely in part to the matchup of Kidd against any of the Orlando point guards. Kidd is strong enough to post up Orlando's Carlos Arroyo, and quick enough to dribble past him and find an open player. The only thing lacking from Kidd's game is a consistent outside shot, and Orlando must hope that his three isn't falling on Wednesday, or else the Nets may sweep the season series in Orlando.


Charlie Bernstein is the Editor-in-Chief of MagicIllustrated.com, and a regular syndicated contributor to FoxSports.com, Sirius Radio, MySpace Sports and Sportsillustrated.com. Charlie is also a columnist for the New Smyrna Observer. Feel free to contact him -HERE- with questions or comments.


For more, go to: MagicIllustrated.com



Related Stories
Mission Possible: Trade for Jason Kidd
 -by MagicIllustrated.com  Feb 5, 2008
Game Preview: Magic vs Nets
 -by MagicIllustrated.com  Feb 5, 2008
Magic vs Nets: What Went Right
 -by MagicIllustrated.com  Feb 7, 2008

PREMIUM SUBSCRIPTION INCLUDES
> Members-only Forums
> Insider Information
> Free Agency &
   Draft News
> Expert Chats

Sign Up Today!

Free Email Newsletter
Don't miss any news or features from MagicIllustrated.com. Subscribe to our newsletter to have our newest articles emailed to you on a daily or weekly basis.
Click here for a list of all Team Newsletters.

Add Players to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite players. Click name to add to My HotList.
PG LeBron James (profile)
G Jason Kidd (profile)
G Steve Nash (profile)
[View My HotList]
Add Topics to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite topics. Click link to add to My HotList.
Basketball > California > Alumni
Basketball > Orlando
Basketball > Santa Clara > Alumni
Basketball > St. Vincent-St. Mary HS > Alumni
[View My HotList]