I can vividly remember playing pickup basketball as a kid. I was horrible back then. I had no athletic ability; I couldn’t jump, run or shoot. The best attribute of my game was passing simply because I had no other options. I can remember listening to guys shoot the ball, yelling “Kobe” as the ball goes through the net. I used to wish that I had that ability. I practiced hard, yet got no where. Therefore, I decided to come up with my own guy to yell when I got on the court. With every no look pass I tossed, I would yell “Nash” the second it touched the hands of my teammates. Now, whether he made the shot or layup was completely up to him. However, in my mind, I had made the best play of the game, reminiscent of one of my all time favorite basketball players, Steve Nash. Now, I could’ve picked any pass first point guard to yell out during the game. Back then, there were plenty of good point guards. Outside of Nash, my other favorite point guard was Jason Kidd. I got the pleasure of watching Kidd play in his prime; the throw it off the backboard in traffic/ fake pass to your teammates to get the ball to your other teammate Jason Kidd. I witnessed “Mr. Triple Double” himself play well into his good years. It was a thing of beauty. There will never be another Kidd, as there will certainly never be another Nash. These two guys defined what it really meant to be a point guard in an era where everyone wanted to be the next Jordan. It was fun watching the no look passes, the sick needle passes to the open big man deep in traffic. Mind you, neither Kidd nor Nash are very athletic; they certainly weren’t in their prime. These guys made their names by simply being the best damn passers in the league. Now, as we sit and watch these guys in their latter; still relevant as they always were, we can now discuss who was better between the two. Who would you rather have passing you the ball in a pickup game? Who was more fun to watch? Who contributed more to their team/teams? These are important questions to ask two who will probably find themselves in the HOF before I get married.
Steve Nash was drafted in probably one of the best classes of all time. 1996 featured the likes of Allen Iverson, Kobe Bryant, Antoine Walker, Peja Stojakovic; I could go on forever on how great this draft class was. Not too many people expected much of Nash; he was drafted number 15 overall. Riding the bench for the most part of his first two years in the league, Nash was traded to Dallas; a place where he blossomed as a point guard. Playing alongside Dirk Nowitski, Nash would nearly double his assist average his first year in Dallas. His numbers would continue to rise well into his returning years in Phoenix; where he would eventually go on to win back to back NBA MVP titles. Nash’s career stats are very impressive; 12 ppg and 10 apg. How many point guards in the history of the NBA can say that they averaged a double double for their career. However, it was Nash’s excellent court vision and basketball sense that helped him thrive. The man could find a unlaced shoe string on the court if it’s open; he’s that good. Some people say it’s due to his previous soccer experience. However, nothing or no one can teach you the level of talent that Nash possess.
Where does one really start with Jason Kidd? He’s had a storied career. After finally winning his sole NBA championship two seasons ago, Kidd has seemingly done everything he has set out to do in the NBA. Kidd has had the pleasure of playing with some of the NBA’s most elite players; likewise he has helped a lot of the NBA’s elite players look really good. Think about all of the dunkers and shooters that Kidd has helped improve. It has been said that many players have wanted to go to certain NBA teams simply because of Jason Kidd. He’s the picture of a team player. Kidd literally does everything he needs to do to help his team win. Whether it’s throwing a key pass, grabbing a key rebound, or hitting a key shot, Kidd is the closest that one gets to being a complete point guard. Mind you, Kidd has never been a great shooter. However, he hits shot when they matter most. Kidd strong points are his rebounding and passing. Being 6’4, he’s decent sized for a point guard. The man is in the top five all time in triple doubles, is one of the key reasons that Dallas won their championship. Kidd has thusly made his name as being the super glue that makes every team he’s on work.
Like any other comparison piece I do, it all comes down to the stats. Jason Kidd’s stats are nice considering the amount of time he’s spent in the NBA. 13Ppg and 9apg; the man has put in work. However, I will say that looking at the type of caliber player that Kidd is, hos numbers could be way higher. One would almost expect that he would average a triple double. Then again, he has overcome a few injuries in his career. Therefore the stats that he has placed are well suited. Steve Nash stats are actually around the same area; 14ppg and 8apg. Once again, one would expect him to be a little more impressive in the assist range. Maybe I’m being a little picky. However, I will say that coming from two players that are guaranteed to be HOF when it’s all over, I just expect so much out of them in the stats area. Then again, if you were to simply watch some of their youtube clips, then you can truly appreciate their greatness. However, the question still remains, who’s better? Do you go with the guy that has an NBA championship and a rookie of the year award under his belt? Or, do you go with the man who will go down in history with two back to back NBA MVP awards. Which ever one you chose, know that in the end you really can’t go wrong with either one. On a lighter note, you can still catch me on the court, throwing up bricks and yelling “Nash” with every pass.
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