NBA: 30 greatest playmakers in NBA history

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Jason Kidd, Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, New Jersey Nets
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24. Jason Kidd, Dallas Mavericks/New Jersey Nets/Phoenix Suns

Point guard Jason Kidd was a playmaker no matter where he went, which made his career that much more impressive. Kidd played primarily for three teams (Dallas Mavericks, New Jersey Nets and Phoenix Suns) in the NBA during his 21-year career.

Kidd led the league in assists per game for five seasons during his time in the league. He achieved the feat three times with the Suns and twice with the Nets. In Phoenix, he averaged a career-high 10.8 assists per contest during the 1998-99 campaign.

He never averaged a triple-double as one of the players who made everyone around him better, but he still racked up a good amount. Kidd finished his career with 107 triple-doubles during the 1990s era, where physical basketball ruled the day. He made plays no matter what lineup he played with and led two different squads to appearances in the NBA Finals.

He led the Nets to back-to-back appearances in the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003. They were swept by the Los Angeles Lakers the first time and fell to the San Antonio Spurs 4-2 in 2003.

In his second stint with the Mavericks, he won an NBA title as the floor general. It helped to have future Hall of Famer Dirk Nowitzki on that team as well. Nowitzki averaged 26.0 points and 9.7 rebounds per game, as Kidd put up 7.7 points, 6.3 assists and 4.5 rebounds per contest.

For his efforts, Kidd was recently inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of the 2018 class. His court vision changed the way point guards played the game and increased the pace teams across the league played at.