Jason Kidd is a former NBA player who played on four teams during his 19 NBA seasons. After his playing days were over Kidd went on to be the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks. Kidd was a triple-double machine during his time in the NBA tallying a total of 107 triple-doubles which is good for third all-time in NBA history. He is a 10-time all-star, 5-time All-NBA first team selection, and won an NBA championship with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011.
So, how much is the former player/coach worth?
Jason Kidd Net Worth as of 2019: $73 million
Jason Kidd achieved most of his net worth through his salaries both as a player and coach in the NBA. Kidd signed four contracts as a player totaling over $24 mil each. The most substantial contract he signed was a 6-year $99 mil deal with the New Jersey Nets in 2003. Kidd’s most productive season came during the 2008-2009 NBA season with a salary of $21,323,000.
Kidd was born in San Francisco, California on March 23rd, 1973. Basketball was in his blood from a young age. Kidd garnered much attention through the AAU leagues he participated in. He would frequently play against fellow future NBA start point guard Gary Payton.
Kidd had a highly productive high school career and honored as one of the 35 Greatest McDonalds All-Americans. He was named high school player of the year and left a legacy that included becoming the all-time prep school leader in assists. Kidd was offered scholarships from all the top basketball programs in the country. He would eventually select the University of California, Berkely over programs that included the University of Arizona, University of Kansas, and the University of Kentucky.
Kidd was productive from the onset at Cal. He was awarded the National Freshman of the Year highlighted by his NCAA freshman record for assists with 110. He would go on to be selected to two first-team All-Pac 10 teams and was named Pac 10 player of the year in 1994. The Universtiy of California would later retire his jersey to honor his accomplishments with the school.
Jason Kidd selected by the Dallas Mavericks with the 2nd overall pick in the 1994 NBA draft. He would go on to play two and a half seasons with the Mavericks. He would eventually return to the organization later in his career. His first go around with the Mavericks started out on a high note earning Co-Rookie of the Year honors with Grant Hill. Kidd was teamed up with Jamal Mashburn and Jim Jackson during his time with the Mavericks. Turmoil started to arise in his third season in Dallas as Kidd would clash with players and coaches; this ultimately led to his trade to the Phoenix Suns.
Kidd would end up playing five seasons for the Suns. During his five seasons, Kidd was named to two All-NBA first teams, led the league in assists for three consecutive seasons and made the playoffs all five seasons. After the 2000-2001 season, he was traded to the New Jersey Nets.
Kidd joined a talented Nets squad headlined by Kenyon Martin, Kerry Kittles, Richard Jefferson, and Keith Van Horn. The Nets would reach the 50 win plateau for the first time in franchise history in Kidd’s first season with the team. Kidd’s veteran acumen along with the young talent the Nets had flourished and reached the franchises first NBA Finals. In the finals, the Nets would fall to the Shaquille O’Neal, and Kobe Bryant led Los Angeles Lakers.
The following season the Nets would make a second consecutive trip to the NBA Finals. This time they were matched up against the Tim Duncan led San Antonio Spurs. The result would be the same as the year before as the Nets lost a tough series in six games.
Coming off of the two consecutive finals runs Kidd was rewarded with a 6-year $99 mil contract from the Nets. Kidd was named first-team All-NBA three times and was the leagues assist leader twice. In the middle of the 2007-2008 season, Kidd was traded back to the franchise that he started his NBA career with the Dallas Mavericks.
Upon his return to the Dallas Mavericks, he was teamed up with Dirk Nowitzki. The Mavericks were consistently on the cusp of an NBA championship but could not get over the hurdle. With Kidd’s leadership, the Dallas Mavericks would finally achieve their highly sought after NBA championship trophy in 2011. The Mavericks defeated the Miami Heat, who trouted out LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh.
After the championship year, Kidd’s age caught up with him. He spent one final season with the New York Knicks. The Knicks made the playoffs that year but lost in the second round to the Indiana Pacers. Kidd announced his retirement on June 3rd, 2013.
NBA coaching career
Shortly after announcing his retirement from playing basketball, Kidd was hired as the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets. In Kidd’s first season as a coach, the Nets would finish 44-38, enough to make the playoffs. In the playoffs, the Nets were bounced in the Eastern Conference semi-finals at the hands of the Miami Heat.
The Milwaukee Bucks then acquired the rights to Kidd on July 1st, 2014, making him the head coach of his second franchise in as many years. Kidd turned the Bucks around quickly taking the team from 15 wins the previous season to 41 wins in his first year with the franchise. Kidd made the playoffs twice with the Bucks before being let go in the middle of the 2017-2018 season.
Jason Kidd will be inducted into the basketball Hall of Fame as part of the 2018 class.
Jason Kidd reached out to the Lakers and the whisper on the air is Kidd might be coaching the Lakers soon.