Jason Kidd Named USA Basketball's 2007 Male Athlete of the Year
Jan. 16, 2008 ï¿½ Colorado Springs, Colo.
In recognition of his outstanding play and leadership on the 2007 USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team, USA Basketball today announced that New Jersey Nets' all-star guard Jason Kidd has been named the 2007 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year. Kidd helped lead the 2007 USA Men's Senior National Team to a gold medal and 10-0 record at the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship, he averaged a team second best (tie) 4.6 assists a game to help the USA secure its berth in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
'I am very honored to receive this award from USA Basketball,' Kidd said. 'I want to thank my teammates and coaches, and to express my gratitude in being selected to represent my country. On behalf of my teammates, we look forward to the challenge that awaits in Beijing.'
Starting in nine of the USA's 10 games, Kidd added a team third best 1.3 steals per game, 3.3 rebounds per game and 1.8 points per game to go with his team second best assist output. He tied or led the team in assists four times, and his unselfish play was evidenced by a 6-of-10 field goal tally and a 62.5 percent (5-8 3pt FGs) shooting performance from 3-point throughout the 10-game competition.
Among all 2007 FIBA Americas Championship competitors, Kidd ranked first in assist-to-turnover ratio (9.20), second in 3-point field goal percentage and tied for third in assists.
'Jason continues to prove himself as one of the most talented point guards in the game of basketball,' said USA Basketball Executive Director Jim Tooley. 'His court vision and leadership were crucial to our success in Las Vegas this past summer, as they have been on past USA teams, and without question he deserves this recognition.'
USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year
Kidd's selection also makes him eligible for the U.S. Olympic Committee's (USOC) SportsMan of the Year Award. The USOC will announce its 2007 SportsMan, SportsWoman, Team and Paralympian of the Year on Thursday, Jan. 17.
'The addition of Jason to the USA Basketball Senior National Team program was important and critical to the team's success for several reasons,' stated USA Senior National Team Managing Director Jerry Colangelo. 'First, he is respected by his fellow players in the NBA and he is a proven leader who throughout his career has been recognized as one of the all-time great passers. His ability to run the offense and to get everyone involved are vital qualities. Additionally, he is a veteran of international competition who is an Olympic gold medalist. By adding Jason to our program we added leadership, maturity and experience. Based on his contributions to our team this summer, Jason is well deserving of the award.'
'Jason was a tremendous addition to the USA Men's Senior National Team program,' said USA Senior Men's National Team head coach Mike Krzyzewski. 'His veteran leadership and focus were critical in our success, and his court vision is as good as I've ever seen. He is a joy to coach and when he is on the court it is literally like having a coach on the floor. With Jason directing our offense and distributing the ball, we were able to utilize all of our offensive talents and that made us as a team very successful.'
Kidd helped the USA at the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship average 116.7 points a game, the most by a USA men's senior national team since 1994 USA World Championship Team averaged 120.1 points a game; and the Americans defeated their 10 opponents by an average of 39.5 points per game, the largest margin of victory by a USA senior squad since the 1992 U.S. Olympic Team defeated its opponents by 43.8 points a contest.
The USA led the FIBA Americas Championship overall team statistical rankings in 13 of the 17 categories. The USA shot 58.7 percent from the field, 47.0 percent from 3-point and 72.0 percent from the foul line. The USA men averaged 59.7 points by halftime of its 10 games and its average lead at halftime was 23.0 points. An astounding 61.7 percent of the team's made field goals were assisted on during the championship.
The 2007 squad also rewrote eight USA team records for Olympic qualifying action and added a pair of single game marks, while USA players wrote themselves into eight single game records and four competition records.
Prior to the FIBA Americas Championship, Kidd participated in the USA's July mini-training camp, which culminated in the 2007 State Farm USA Basketball Challenge in Las Vegas. Kidd recorded a White Team best eight assists, to go with two points, six rebounds and two steals in 23 minutes of action at the USA Blue earned a 105-104 win in front of a national television audience and 15,321 fans.
The 2007 USA Men's FIBA Americas Championship Team included: Carmelo Anthony (Denver Nuggets); Chauncey Billups (Detroit Pistons); Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers); Tyson Chandler (New Orleans Hornets); Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic); LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers); Kidd; Mike Miller (Memphis Grizzlies); Tayshaun Prince (Detroit Pistons); Michael Redd (Milwaukee Bucks); Amarï¿½ Stoudemire (Phoenix Suns); and Deron Williams (Utah Jazz).
Also listed on the 2006-08 USA Men's Senior National Team roster are: Gilbert Arenas (Washington Wizards); Shane Battier (Houston Rockets); Carlos Boozer (Utah Jazz); Chris Bosh (Toronto Raptors); Bruce Bowen (San Antonio Spurs); Elton Brand (Los Angeles Clippers); Nick Collison (Seattle SuperSonics); Kevin Durant (Seattle SuperSonics); Kirk Hinrich (Chicago Bulls); Antawn Jamison (Washington Wizards); Joe Johnson (Atlanta Hawks); Shawn Marion (Phoenix Suns); Brad Miller (Sacramento Kings); Adam Morrison (Charlotte Bobcats); Greg Oden (Portland Trail Blazers); Lamar Odom (Los Angeles Lakers); Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets); Paul Pierce (Boston Celtics); J.J. Redick (Orlando Magic); Luke Ridnour (Seattle SuperSonics); and Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat).
Krzyzewski in 2007 was assisted by Jim Boeheim of Syracuse University, Mike D'Antoni of the Phoenix Suns and Nate McMillan of the Portland Trail Blazers.
An Olympic gold medalist and a member of a total of six USA teams, Kidd has compiled a striking 44-0 record as a member of five USA Basketball senior national teams.
Kidd at the 2003 FIBA Americas Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Puerto Rico helped lead the USA to a 10-0 record, the gold medal and a qualifying berth for the 2004 Olympics . He started in all 10 games and averaged a team high and tournament second best 5.0 apg., a team third best 1.2 spg., 3.4 ppg. and 2.7 rpg. Kidd also recorded a pair of 10 assists games, against the Dominican Republic and Virgin Islands.
However, because of an injury, Kidd was forced to withdraw from the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team prior to the start of the team's training.
On Nov. 1, 2002, Kidd was among the first seven players named to the 2002 USA Basketball Men's World Championship Team, but he was forced to withdraw prior to the start of the team's training because of an injury.
As a team-appointed tri-captain of the 2000 U.S. Olympic Team, Kidd assisted the USA to an Olympic gold medal in Sydney, Australia, averaging 6.0 ppg., 5.3 rpg. and team highs of 4.4 assists and 1.1 steals a game. He shot 51.6 percent overall from the field and 50.0 percent (4-8 3pt FGs) from 3-point to help the USA team to a perfect 8-0 mark.
Kidd also represented the United States as a member of the 1999 USA Olympic Qualifying Team. While the team rolled to a 10-0 mark, won the gold medal and qualified the USA men for the 2000 Olympics, Kidd averaged 7.4 ppg. and 4.4 rpg. and led the team with highs of 6.8 apg. and 2.7 spg.
His first USA Basketball assignment came in the summer of 1993, following his inaugural season at the University of California. Kidd was the lone freshman selected for USA Basketball's elite, 10-member Team USA. Playing five games against national teams in Europe, Kidd tied for team highs in assists and steals, with 4.0 apg. and 1.4 spg., to go with his 8.4 ppg. and 4.2 rpg. as the USA finished the tour with a 3-2 record.
Through 37 games of the 2007-08 NBA season (as of Jan. 15), Kidd leads the NBA in triple-doubles (10), ranks second in assists with 10.6 per game, and is averaging 11.5 ppg., 8.8 rpg. (30th in the NBA) and 1.69 steals per game (16th in the NBA). Additionally, he lists 37th in the NBA in assists per turnover (2.83) and 24th in efficiency ranking (21.61).
A seven time NBA All-Star Game participant, in 2006-07 Kidd earned his fifth NBA All-Defensive first team honor and helped lead New Jersey to a 41-41 regular season record and the 2007 NBA Playoffs. He started and played in 80 games for the Nets in 2006-07 and averaged 13.0 ppg., 8.2 rpg., 9.2 apg. and 1.6 spg.; and shot 40.6 percent from the field, 34.3 percent from 3-point and 77.8 percent from the foul line. He became only the third player in league history to average at least 13.0 ppg., 8.0 rpg. and 9.0 apg., joining Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson.
He finished the 2006-07 season ranked first overall in the NBA in triple-doubles (12); third in assists per game (9.2); fifth in assists per turnover (3.46); 11th in steals (127); 11th in defensive rebounds (520); 12th in steals per game (1.59); 14th in efficiency points (1779); 17th in rebounds per game (8.2); 17th in minutes played (2933); 17th in double-doubles (32); 19th in efficiency ranking (22.24); 19th in 3-point field goal attempts (361); 29th in 3-point field goals made (124); and 35th in minutes per game (36.7).
On April 4, 2007, he recorded 16 points, 19 assists and 16 rebounds in New Jersey's 102-89 Game 3 win over the Toronto Raptors, tying Larry Bird for second all-time with 10 career playoff triple-doubles and becoming just the third player in NBA history to post 15-plus points, assists and rebounds in a playoff game.
At the close of the 2006-07 season, Kidd ranked first in Nets all-time history in assists (3,354), second in made 3-pointers (605) and attempted (1,780), fourth in steals (749), fourth in defensive rebounds (2,090), fourth in minutes played (13,906), sixth in rebounds (2,595), sixth in field goals attempted (5,101), seventh in points (5,755), eighth in free throws made (1,082), and ninth in field goals made (2,034) and free throws attempted (1, 335).
Among his numerous NBA accomplishments, Kidd is the fourth player in NBA history to lead the league in assists three-straight seasons (1999-2001), joining John Stockton (1988-96), Oscar Robertson (1964-66) and Bob Cousy (1953-60); he is one of four players (Magic Johnson, Oscar Robertson and Gary Payton) to register over 5,000 rebounds and 7,500 assists; he currently lists fifth on the NBA's all-time assists list with 9,071 (as of Jan. 15); and he has captured five NBA single season assist crowns, only John Stockton (9), Bob Cousy (8) and Oscar Robertson (6) have more.
Off the court, Kidd also continues to support the Jason Kidd Foundation, which provides funds for children's medical research, and the Jason Kidd Basketball Scholarship Fund at the University of California and St. Joseph of Notre Dame High School (Alameda, CA).
In its 28th year, the USA Basketball Athlete of the Year award has been garnered by notable athletes such as Carmelo Anthony (2006); Shelden Williams (2005); Sean May (2004 co-recipient); Chris Paul (2004 co-recipient); Tim Duncan (2003); Reggie Miller (2002); Chris Duhon (2001); Alonzo Mourning (2000 and 1990); Gary Payton (1999); Elton Brand (1998); Earl Boykins (1997); Scottie Pippen (1996 and as a member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic Team); Ray Allen (1995); Shaquille O'Neal (1994); Michael Finley (1993); Christian Laettner (1991); Larry Johnson (1989); Dan Marjerle (1988); David Robinson (1986 and as a member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic Team); Chuck Person (1985); Michael Jordan (1984 co-recipient, 1983 and as a member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic Team), Sam Perkins (1984 co-recipient); Glenn Rivers (1982); Kevin Boyle (1981); and Isiah Thomas (1980).
The USA Basketball Executive Committee includes: Val Ackerman, President; Jim Delany, Vice President (Commissioner, Big Ten Conference); Stu Jackson, Vice President for Senior Men, (NBA Senior Vice President for Basketball Operations); Reneï¿½ Brown, Vice President for Senior Women (WNBA Chief of Basketball Operations and Player Relations); Reggie Minton, Vice President for Men (Associate Executive Director, NABC); Chris Plonsky, Vice President for Women (Women's Athletics Director / Director of Men's and Women's Athletics External Services, University of Texas); Robert Kanaby, Treasurer (Executive Director, National Federation of State High School Associations); Terry Holland, Secretary (Director of Athletics, East Carolina University); Dawn Staley, Athlete Representative (Three-time Olympian, three-time World Championship Team member; head coach, Temple University); and Scott Paddock, Athlete Representative (1995 Pan American Games Team member; Senior Manager, Gatorade Sports Marketing).