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Jason Kidd Retires After 19 Years in NBA No. 2 on Assists List

NBA Player Jason Kidd
National Basketball Association player Jason Kidd of the New York Knicks smiles after defeating the Toronto Raptors on his 40th birthday on March 23, 2013 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Photographer: Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images

Point guard Jason Kidd retired from the National Basketball Association, ending a 19-season career ranked second in both assists and steals.

Kidd, 40, retired after playing his final season for the New York Knicks, averaging career lows of six points and 3.3 assists per game, the team said in a statement.

A 10-time All-Star, he also played for the Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns and New Jersey Nets, with 12,091 assists and 2,684 steals trailing only Hall of Fame member John Stockton in each category.

“My time in professional basketball has been an incredible journey, but one that must come to an end after 19 years,” Kidd said. “As I reflect on my time with the four teams I represented in the NBA, I look back fondly at every season and thank each and every one of my teammates and coaches that joined me on the court.”

Kidd was the No. 2 pick in the 1994 NBA draft, behind Glenn Robinson. He exits professional basketball with career averages of 12.6 points, 8.7 assists, 6.3 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game.

Dallas traded Kidd to the Suns during his third season in the league and he played four more years in Phoenix. He joined the New Jersey Nets in 2001, helping the team to two appearances in the NBA Finals. After being traded back to the Mavericks during the 2007-08 season, Kidd won his only NBA title in 2011.

No Points

Kidd joined the Knicks this season. He didn’t score a point in New York’s final 10 playoff games, going 0-17 from the floor in that stretch. His playing time dipped as a result -- he averaged 26.3 minutes per game against the Boston Celtics in the first round and 14.7 minutes against the Indiana Pacers, who eliminated the Knicks in six games.

A two-time Olympic gold medalist, Kidd also was named an All-NBA First Team selection five times and an All-Defensive First Team pick after four seasons.

Kidd pleaded guilty to a 2001 misdemeanor assault charge after he was arrested for hitting his then-wife. He was ordered to undergo counseling.

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