Any way you look at it, with or without Jeremy Lin, the addition of Jason Kidd is an upgrade to the Knicks' roster. New York will be a tougher, more versatile, more experienced, more disciplined and an even further defensively-minded team this upcoming season than they were in 2011-12.
Kidd, and Glen Grunwald's other main offseason acquisitions, Marcus Camby, Raymond Felton and now Ronnie Brewer, are definite improvements over Jared Jeffries, Josh Harrellson, Mike Bibby, Baron Davis, Bill Walker and, at this juncture, even Jeremy Lin.
Just swapping these players will lead to a stingier defense, less turnovers, a long-missing proper half-court game, more points and hopefully, a deeper playoff run.
Kidd's 18 years in the NBA speak for itself, but in case you need some refreshing, and are still reeling from Lin's departure, here are six reminders why Jason Kidd single-handedly makes the Knicks a tougher team—one that should make it at least to the second round come May, and perhaps beyond.