Unable to win a championship in his prime despite being carried to two NBA Finals by Jason Collins, Kidd is trying to win a title alongside Dirk Nowitzki. He’s the co-second best player on the team, along with Tyson Chandler and Jason Terry. On a team that is built around Nowitzki’s top-end talent and the fit around him, Kidd’s job is to provide size and rebounding at an unorthodox position, defend intelligently, hit the open 3 and run the half court offense. What would winning a ring do for his all-time standing in this role?
It’d be the same as what a ring would have done for Scottie Pippen if the Portland Trailblazers hadn’t gotten game seven asphyxiation vs. the Lakers in 2000. Kidd is the guy with a lot of Finals experience on a hungry team; he fills in where needed as a peripheral player, much like Scottie. Portland and Dallas are much alike actually, except Dallas has a dominant go-to offensive anchor in Nowitzki, while Portland played hot potato in the clutch.
What would the title do? It would help illuminate that prime/peak Jason Kidd could have definitely been the clear-cut second best player on a title team. I’ve personally always thought that, but a title for Kidd would validate my stance somewhat. It would also obviously give him a championship as a legitimate contributor (read: not what Gary Payton did in 2006 with Miami) on his resume, which I personally use as a tiebreaker when figuring out where a player goes on an all-time list.
Title or no title, Kidd is a championship player in my eyes. But that title would certainly aid along the public’s perception of him in a generational sense.