NBA Point Guards: Jason Kidd and Gary Payton

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Jason Kidd and Gary Payton

Here,we take a look at the comparative statistics of long-time Supersonic Gary Payton and assist-master Jason Kidd.

Championships Payton (1), Kidd (1)

Payton and Kidd each have a championship achieved during the twilight of their careers. Payton was more of a bit player when he did so in 2006 while Kidd had a more substantial role as a starter and had many critical plays from clutch shots to tight defense.

All-NBA Team Selections Payton (9), Kidd (6)

Payton leads Kidd with a total of 9 All-NBA Team selections which includes 2 in the First Team, 5 in the Second Team, and 2 with the Third Team. Kidd however, had more First Team selections, 5 of which comprises his 6 All-NBA selections.

All-Defensive Teams Payton (9), Kidd (9)

Both players are tied with 9 All-Defensive Team selections but all of Payton’s 9 selections are all in the First Team while Kidd only made it to the First Team 4 times, the rest being on the Second Team.

Defensive Player of the Year Awards Payton (1), Kidd (0)

Payton is the only point guard to ever win a Defensive Player of the Year award, a feat that has never been replicated by a backcourt position since.

Steals Titles Payton (1), Kidd (0)

With 2.9 steals per game accomplished in the 1995-96 season, Payton won the first and only steals title between the two guards. It’s also worth noting that it was part of a 7-year stretch in which the man dubbed “The Glove” put up at least 2.2 steals a game. Kidd has never won a steals title but had similar feats with eleven seasons of at least 2 steals per outing, good enough to have a better career steals average (by a hair) with 1.9 to Payton’s 1.8.

Assists Titles Kidd (5), Payton (0)

Diverting from the defensive stats, both guards are well-known distributors as well – but Kidd obviously more so. A prolific playmaker, Kidd led the league in assists for five seasons, dishing 10.8, 10.1, .9.8, 8.9, and 9.2 dimes per outing during those years. Payton’s highest was 9 per game.

Triple-Doubles Kidd (107), Payton (17)

While both players are known for their ability to score, rebound and pass, making them the perfect vector for triple-doubles, Kidd is the more prolific of the two in this area, and it shows – with a staggering 107 career triple-doubles, Kidd finished his career third-ranked overall trailing just Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson.

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