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Kidd is shaping up to be the Knicks' best signing in recent years.
Player Grade: A
There were many skeptics when New York inked Jason Kidd to a three-year deal this offseason, but the 39-year-old has done everything in his power to prove them wrong this season.
As the Knicks starting shooting guard, Kidd has reinvented himself as a spot-up shooter, and he's the best in the business. He's shot 38-of-72 from beyond the arc, or 52.8 percent. Consider his 92 percent clip from the free throw line, and his true shooting percentage sits at a sky-high 73.1.
His play has been essentially flawless. The marked improvement in team ball movement from when he's on the floor, as opposed to when he's resting, is worth noting. The offense is under more control when Kidd is available to direct traffic, and the team's effective field-goal percentage jumps from 50 percent to 54 percent when Kidd joins in on the fun (via 82games).
Just as surprising has been Kidd's impact on the defensive end. He's pick-pocketed countless guards in his 17 games, racking up 1.9 steals per.
It's safe to say that if Kidd sustains his play through an entire season, there's no reason the Knicks shouldn't be favorites in the East come April.