Richard Rowe-US PRESSWIRE
With the acquisition of Jason Kidd, the Knicks improved the depth at the point guard position.
Jason Kidd was brought in to be a mentor to the Knicks' starting point guard—from the looks of it, that will be Raymond Felton—and to be the backup point guard.
Kidd will come to New York and be the pass-first point guard that he's always been. Last season in his 48 starts with Dallas, Kidd averaged 6.2 points per game with 5.5 assists per game. Coming off the bench, this kind of production is being overlooked.
Many people are focusing on Kidd's age as a negative factor, rather than focusing on having a proven point guard as a backup. The 39-year-old is a better option to man the backup point duties than anybody New York had on last year's second unit.
The California native will be the veteran many guys in the locker room look up to. Every team he's ever been on had nothing but good things to say about Kidd.
Two seasons ago, during the Mavs-Heat Finals, Jason Terry praised Kidd's leadership (via espn.com).
"It's all about our leader, Jason Kidd...The way he plays the game, the way he has always played the game rubs off."
Now that he's in the second unit, Kidd won't be put through the hardships an everyday starter goes through. Don't get me wrong, he's going to get some good minutes in, and he'll have his moments where he has to choose where to go for the go-ahead basket, but his 30-minute games are a thing of the past.
J. Kidd will come into training camp knowing his role and will play a critical role in the Knicks progression toward a championship.