Following a 19-year playing career, Jason Kidd was named head coach of the Brooklyn Nets on June 12, 2013, becoming the first coach in over 30 years to make an immediate transition from NBA player to head coach.
Kidd, who captained the Nets to two consecutive NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003, played in 506 games over six-and-a half seasons for New Jersey, averaging 14.6 points, 9.1 assists and 7.2 rebounds per game. Throughout his tenure with the Nets, Kidd led the team to six consecutive playoff appearances, including two Eastern Conference Championships and four Atlantic Division titles. As a Net, Kidd was selected as an NBA All-Star five times while being named to an All-NBA team three times and an NBA All-Defensive team six times. In Nets all-time NBA history, Kidd currently ranks first in assists (4,620), steals (950), three-point field goals made (813) and triple-doubles (61), second in minutes played (18,737), fourth in points (7,373) and rebounds (3,662), fifth in games played (506) and sixth in field goals made (2,613) and free throws made (1,352). In 78 playoff games, Kidd holds Nets all-time records for points, assists, rebounds, steals, field goals made/attempted, three-point field goals made/attempted, minutes and games played.
Over his NBA playing career, Kidd held averages of 12.6 points, 8.7 assists, 6.3 rebounds and 1.93 steals, while playing for Dallas, Phoenix, New Jersey and New York. On the League’s all-time leaders lists he ranks: second in assists (12,091) and steals (2,684), third in minutes (50,111), three-point field goals (1,988) and triple-doubles (107), sixth in games played (1,391), 50th overall in rebounds and first overall amongst guards (8,725), 71st in points scored (17,529).
Kidd appeared in 158 postseason games, averaging 12.9 points, 8.0 assists, 6.7 rebounds and 1.91 steals and helped the Dallas Mavericks to the 2011 NBA Championship. He is also a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, leading Team USA in 2000 in Sydney and in 2008 in Beijing. Kidd owns a total of five gold medals in international competition and a 56-0 international record in Olympics, Olympic qualifying and exhibition games.
The former number two pick of the 1994 NBA Draft out of the University of California and Co-Rookie of the Year (Grant Hill), Kidd is a 10-time NBA All-Star (1996, 1998, 2000-04, 2007-08, 2010), a five-time All-NBA First-Team selection (1999-02, 2004) and earned All-NBA Second Team honors in 2003. He was named to the NBA’s All-Defensive First Team four times (1999, 2001, 2002, 2006) and Second Team five times (2000, 2003-05, 2007). Kidd is a two-time winner (2012 & 2013) of the NBA Sportsmanship Award (Joe Dumars Trophy) as voted by NBA players.
Kidd established The Jason Kidd Foundation which is dedicated to improving education among the youth, by ensuring that kids of all ages have the tools needed to succeed in life through mentoring, tutoring and technology programs. The foundation, founded in 1996, provides funding to children’s medical research and other charities that support the needs and interests of children.
Kidd has five children: son T.J., twin daughters Miah and Jazelle, son Chance and daughter Noah. He and his wife, Porschla, were married in 2011.