Posted by Neil Paine on November 1, 2010
BBR reader Jim Keller used our Play Index Game Finder to do some interesting research on Jason Kidd's performance vs. Charlotte last Wednesday, so I thought I'd post his findings. Take it away, Jim (what follows in blockquotes is his work):
- The 37-year-old Kidd handed out 18 assists against one turnover and added 12 points.
- The 18 assists were the most in an NBA opener since Tim Hardaway had 18 for the Golden State Warriors against the Denver Nuggets in 1990 and the fourth time he's had at least 18 assists and one or fewer turnovers in a game during his career.
- He's also the oldest player to record 18 assists since John Stockton did it twice at 37 during the 1999-2000 season.
- Kidd assisted on all nine Dallas baskets in the third quarter and scored five points as the Mavericks pushed a six-point halftime advantage to 80-67.
- Seven of Kidd's assists resulted in layups or dunks, helping Dallas convert 16-of-22 shots near the basket.
- Kidd also assisted on nine of Dirk Nowitzki's 11 buckets, including four during a two-minute span in the third period.
Kidd talked about the game here:
Plus/Minus traditionally loves it some Jason Kidd, and it's not hard to see why. Even at his advanced age, Kidd does just about everything you could ask of a guard at both ends (except stay with smaller, quicker PGs)... He distributes as well as anybody not named "Nash", "Paul", "Williams" or "Rondo"; he continues to rebound the ball at a high level; he's suddenly a deadly outside shooter; he can defend SGs or big PGs effectively; and he generally makes the Mavs a lot better when he's on the floor. People scoffed when Wayne Winston's +/- system said Kidd was one of the highest-impact players in the game, but I'm not so sure that was such a crazy idea after all.