Jason Frederick Kidd (born March 23, 1973) is an American basketball coach and former player. He is currently the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Previously a point guard in the NBA, he was a ten-time NBA All-Star, a five-time All-NBA First Team member, and a nine-time NBA All-Defensive Team member.
Kidd was selected as the second pick overall by the Dallas Mavericks, behind Glenn Robinson of Purdue, and just ahead of Duke’s Grant Hill. In his first year he averaged 11.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 7.7 assists, and led the NBA in triple doubles, sharing 1995 NBA Rookie of the Year honors with Hill of the Detroit Pistons.
He won an NBA Championship in 2011 as a member of the Dallas Mavericks, and was a two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner during his pro career, as part of Team USA in 2000 and 2008.
Raised in Oakland, California, Kidd played college basketball for the California Golden Bears and was drafted second overall by the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the 1994 NBA draft. He was named co-NBA Rookie of the Year in his first season with the Mavericks. Then, from 1996 to 2001, Kidd played for the Phoenix Suns and later for the New Jersey Nets from 2001 to 2008. He led the Nets to two consecutive NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003. In the middle of the 2007–08 season, Kidd was traded back to Dallas, where he won his only NBA championship in 2011. After finishing his playing career with the New York Knicks in 2012–13, he retired and returned a week later as head coach for the now Brooklyn Nets.
Kidd’s ability to pass and rebound made him a regular triple-double threat, and he retired ranked third all-time in the NBA for regular season triple-doubles with a career total of 107 and second in playoff triple-doubles with a career total of 11. He finished his career also ranked second on the NBA all-time lists in career assists and steals and fifth in the 3-point field goals made category.
On June 12, 2013, Kidd was named head coach of the Brooklyn Nets, replacing interim coach P. J. Carlesimo. He is the third person since the ABA–NBA merger to debut as an NBA head coach the season after he retired as a player.In September 2013, Kidd bought a minority ownership stake in the team (from Jay-Z).
On October 17, 2013, the Nets retired and raised his number 5 jersey to the rafters before a preseason game against the Miami Heat. On July 1, 2014, the Milwaukee Bucks secured Kidd’s coaching rights from the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for two second-round draft picks in 2015 and 2019. Kidd is the first coach in NBA history to lead two franchises to the playoffs in his first two years as a head coach. Kidd finished third in voting for the Coach of the Year Award behind Mike Budenholzer and Steve Kerr.
Career highlights and awards
NBA champion (2011)
10× NBA All-Star (1996, 1998, 2000–2004, 2007, 2008, 2010)
5× All-NBA First Team (1999–2002, 2004)
All-NBA Second Team (2003)
4× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1999, 2001–2002, 2006)
5× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2000, 2003–2005, 2007)
NBA Co-Rookie of the Year (1995)
NBA Skills Challenge champion (2003)
5× NBA assists leader (1999–2001, 2003, 2004)
2× NBA Sportsmanship Award (2012, 2013)
USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year (2007)
No. 5 retired by the Brooklyn Nets
Consensus first-team All-American (1994)
USBWA National Freshman of the Year (1993)
Pac-10 Player of the Year (1994)
No. 5 retired by University of California
Naismith Prep Player of the Year (1992)
United States Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2000 Sydney Team competition
Gold medal – first place 2008 Beijing Team competition
FIBA Americas Championship
Gold medal – first place 1999 San Juan Team competition
Gold medal – first place 2003 San Juan Team competition
Gold medal – first place 2007 Las Vegas Team competition