The 2018 NBA Hall of Fame class includes some of the most sure-fire players to make you kid feel older than a bag of used tires. Grant Hill, Ray Allen, Chauncey Billups…and my absolute favorites, Steve Nash and Jason Kidd.
Why are they my favorites, you ask? Normally when you think HOF, you think of guys like Dr. J., Jordan, Shaq, Kobe – dominant offensive machines who score a ton of points.
This specifically, is what I love about Jason Kidd and Steve Nash. They both played for the better part of 20 years and neither averaged 15 points per game for their careers (Kidd 12.6ppg, Nash 14.3ppg), and according to my completely random guess, probably recorded less than 20 total dunks in their 2500+ combined career games.
Do you know how good you must be to average less than 15 ppg and be heralded in the same class as Wilt Chamberlain and Michael Jordan? Really, really damn good.
And not only were they good; Nash and Kidd are the locks of the century to make the HOF. They were superstars. They did it their own way.
- 2x NBA MVP
- 5x NBA leader in Assists
- 8x NBA all-star
- Career 42.8% three-point shooter over 18 seasons
- 90.4% career free throw shooter (ok, maybe not a career highlight, but pretty sweet)
Let me start with this about Steve Nash – he won back-to-back MVP’s in 2005 and 2006. The fact that he was named the most valuable player in consecutive years puts him in the category of all-time greatness without any additional context needed – the fact that Kobe, D-Wade, Iverson, McGrady, Lebron, and a number of other guaranteed future HOFers were balling at the same time, certifies Steve Nash as a borderline superhuman.
A legendary point guard with a bag of tricks so filthy it would make David Copperfield jealous.
In 2005-06 Nash became the fourth ever player in league history to join the 50-40-90 club (full-season averages of greater than 50% FG, 40% from three, and 90% from the FT line), joining Larry Bird, Reggie Miller, and Mark Price as the only players to do so at the time…and it was just the first of four times he’d complete that exact feat.
Incredible highlight video located here.
Borderline superhuman, indeed.
- 10x NBA all-star
- 5x NBA assist leader
- 4x All-NBA Defensive First Team
- 1995 NBA Rookie of the Year
Before Russell Westbrook made triple-doubles no big deal, it used to be a pretty big deal. Like, potentially the leadoff story on Sportscenter type of big deal. Jason Kidd retired with 107 triple-doubles; third most in NBA history behind Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson. Not too shabby.
Funny thing about J. Kidd – for much of his career he was considered a horrendous shooter. Why? Because he was a god-awful shooter. A massive brick layer, kinda like Andre Roberson of the OKC Thunder (that’s a lie, he was never that bad, but he was definitely bad).
Until one day, seemingly, Kidd just decided to be one of the greatest shooters in NBA history. Greatness means being able to dominate in a number of ways. Kidd could do exactly that. I don’t know how or why or when he decided to become a historically great three-point shooter…but for a guy who shot in the high 20%’s to low 30%’s from long-range the first-half of his career, to end his career ranked third all-time in three pointers made in NBA history…that’s nothing short of a monumental task from a monumental man (on the court….not off the court. He definitely was not a monumental man off the court).
Now, just for fun, let’s watch a few more Andre Roberson shots.
I can’t believe he starts in the NBA and can’t draw rim from the free-throw line. I just can’t.