After leading St. Joseph's High School in Alameda, Calif., to two state championships and winning the Naismith Award as the top prep basketball player in the nation, Kidd was one of the top recruits in the class of 1992. Averaging 13.0 points, 4.9 rebounds and 7.7 assists per game as a freshman in the 1992-93 season, Kidd led Cal to a 21-9 record and a trip to the Sweet 16 with a pair of game-winning shots in the NCAA tournament -- including one to beat two-time defending champion Duke. He was named the National Freshman of the Year after leading Cal to just its second tournament in 30 years. Kidd upped his averages to 16.7 points, 6.9 rebounds and 9.1 assists in his sophomore year, as the Golden Bears again made the NCAA tournament. This time, Cal was upset by UW-Green Bay.
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Kidd declared for the NBA Draft following his sophomore season at Cal and instantly became one of the top prospects on team's draft boards. The Bucks held the top pick in the 1994 NBA Draft but picked Purdue's Glenn Robinson. Holding the second selection, Dallas took Kidd over Duke's Grant Hill. The point guard had an immediate impact on the Mavericks, teaming with Jim Jackson and Jamal Mashburn to help Dallas improve from 13-69 to 36-46 in his rookie year. Kidd averaged 11.7 points, 5.4 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 1.9 steals per game to earn co-Rookie of the Year honors with Hill. He made his first All-Star Game the following season, but Dallas took a step back and won only 26 games. The Mavericks struggled at the beginning of the 1996-97 season under Jim Cleamons and Kidd's time in Dallas ended much earlier than originally anticipated.
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On Dec. 26, 1996, Dallas traded Kidd, Tony Dumas and Loren Meyer to the Suns for Sam Cassell, Michael Finley, A.C. Green and a future second-round pick. Kidd went from one of the worst teams to a squad fighting to make the playoffs. Phoenix made it in as the seventh seed despite a 40-42 record. Kidd helped the Suns take off the following season, as he made his second All-Star team and led Phoenix to 56 wins. After a lot of regular-season success but not much postseason luck, Kidd and the Suns broke through with a series win over the Spurs in 1999-2000. But the next year, the Suns were bounced in the first round by Sacramento despite winning 51 games. Kidd averaged 14.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 9.7 assists, made three All-Star games and led the NBA in assists twice in his five seasons with the Suns.
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New Jersey Nets
With the Suns looking to shake things up due to the lack of postseason success, Phoenix traded Kidd and Chris Dudley to the Nets for Stephon Marbury, Johnny Newman and Soumaila Samake in July of 2001. And the Nets were the major benefactors of the deal, as Kidd led a 26-win improvement from the year before. Kidd and the Nets went 52-30 in 2001-02 and went on to beat Boston in the Eastern Conference Finals before being swept by the Lakers in the NBA Finals. Kidd finished second in the MVP voting, as he was second in the NBA in assists and first in steals. The Nets returned to the Finals the next year but fell to the Spurs. A free agent following the season, Kidd signed a six-year, $99 million contract with the Nets. They made the playoffs in each of the next four seasons with Kidd but never again went as far as the conference finals.
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Return to Dallas
With the Nets struggling during the 2007-08 season, New Jersey traded Kidd to Dallas for five players (led by Devin Harris) and a pair of first-round picks at the trade deadline. Back with the team he was drafted by, Kidd and the Mavericks lost in the first round in 2008 but made the Western Conference semifinals in 2009. Kidd re-signed with the Mavericks on a three-year deal that summer, but Dallas lost in the first round the following season. Kidd finally won his NBA championship in 2011. Dallas went 57-25 in the regular season to earn the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference. After beating the Trail Blazers, Lakers and Thunder, Kidd and the Mavericks took down LeBron James and the Heat in six games to win the NBA Finals. Kidd's last year with Dallas resulted in the Mavericks getting swept out of the first round by the Thunder.
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New York Knicks
At 39 years old, Kidd signed a three-year deal with the New York Knicks before the 2012-13 season. He ended up playing 26.9 minutes per game in his lone year with the Knicks, as coach Mike Woodson played Kidd and Raymond Felton together in the backcourt for a good portion of the season. Kidd averaged just 6.0 points and 3.3 assists per game, but New York won 54 games and went into the playoffs as the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. The Knicks took care of Boston in the first round but were then knocked out by Indiana in the conference semifinals. Shooting just 3-for-25 from the field in the playoffs, Kidd scored just 12 points in 11 postseason games and didn't appear to have much gas left in the tank.
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Coaching in Brooklyn
Just nine days after he retired as an NBA player, Kidd was hired as the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets. Kidd was only the third player in league history to become a head coach immediately following his playing career. Kidd's first season as an NBA coach got off to a rocky start. He was suspended the first two games of the season after pleading guilty to a DWI charge from 2012, and the Nets lost 20 of their first 30 games. Rumors spread that Kidd was going to get fired before completing the season, but Brooklyn turned its year around. The Nets went 34-18 from Dec. 28 to the end of the regular season to finish with a 44-38 record, earning the No. 6 playoff seed. Kidd was named the Eastern Conference's coach of the month in January and March. Brooklyn upset Toronto in the first round before losing to the Heat in the conference semifinals.
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In addition to winning an NBA championship as a player, Kidd won two Olympic gold medals in his time as a member of the United States men's national team. Kidd's first Olympics came in 2000 in Sydney, as he averaged 6.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.4 assists to help the United States to an 8-0 mark and a win over France in the Gold Medal Game. The U.S. flopped in the next Olympics and only won a bronze medal, but Kidd was sidelined from the 2004 Olympics in Athens due to an injury. However, Kidd was a part of the "Redeem Team" at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Kidd scored just 13 points over eight games but was the team's captain. The point guard never lost a game in his international career, finishing 56-0. Kidd is one of just 13 American basketball players to win two gold medals in his career.