Two members of the 1994 NBA draft class are shutting it down and calling it a career playing in the NBA. A couple of days ago, NBA star Grant Hill (third overall pick by the Pistons in ’94) officially retired and announced it on television (TNT) before Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final. Today another star (and future Hall of Famer) decided to shut it down.
Jason Kidd, the second overall pick by the Dallas Mavericks in ’94 and one of the best passing and rebounding point guards in NBA history, is retiring after 19 seasons.
“My time in professional basketball has been an incredible journey, but one that must come to an end after 19 years,” Kidd said in a statement. “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.”
A revolutionary point guard standing 6-4, 220 pounds, Kidd enhanced the scoring, athletic creator role that we see in most of the star PGs we see today. Kidd had micro-fracture surgery in 2004 and lost some of that explosiveness and quickness that made him one of the toughest covers in the league, this is when he developed a consistent 3-point shot and finished third all-time in 3-pointers with 1,988.
At the age of 40, Kidd leaves the game as a shoe-in for the Hall of Fame with great career numbers and accomplishments. A 10-time All-Star that lead the league in assists 5 times that put him 2nd overall behind John Stockton. He has an NBA championship with the Dallas Mavericks and two Olympic gold medals with Team USA.
Kidd played for the Mavericks (1994-96), Phoenix Suns (1996-01), New Jersey Nets (2001-08), back to the Mavericks (2008-12) and finally with the New York Knicks where he still had two years remaining on his contract for $3M per year.