When Wizards coach Randy Wittman described the type of point guard he believes John Wall can be, he was indirectly talking about a player in the mold of Jason Kidd.
Kidd, 39, is at the tail end of a Hall of Fame career with the New York Knicks. He won an NBA championship with the Dallas Mavericks two years ago.
The NBA’s No. 3 all-time three-point shooter with almost 2,000 made, Kidd has averaged a double-double four times in his 19 seasons. He has been an All-Star nine times, to the NBA finals three times and has more than 100 regular-season triple-doubles. Only Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson have more.
Wall, in just his third season, has never been to the playoffs, is barely above 40% shooting overall, has made only 38 threes.
Wall, however, didn't have the tutoring that Kidd had coming out of St. Joseph of Notre Dame High School in Alameda, Calif., near Oakland. Perhaps no one has. Kidd played against older players who already were in the NBA, such as Gary Payton, a 6-foot-4, nine-time All-Star.
Kidd learned from an early age how to influence a game without needing to score. Payton drilled into him that if he wanted to remain on the floor after an inevitable bad shot, he had to play defense.
"You got to play defense," Kidd said after his Knicks defeated the Wizards 96-88 last week. "That's the only way I'm staying on the court right now."
Kidd: Defense is Wall's ticket to the next level
CSN Washington | Mar 6