To be honest, Dirk was probably the easiest person to grade on the roster. He earned mainly 9’s and 10’s, which he definitely more than deserved. Now, getting into the meat of the team, judging player’s grades should become much harder.
In our second report card, we’re going to take a look at Jason Kidd. For the most part, Kidd had a very good regular season. This was particularly shown in a 12 game stretch thru late February and early March in which he played his best basketball since he’s returned to
Positives: As I said earlier, this was probably the best basketball Kidd’s played in his second tenure here in
Negatives: For this, it mainly relates to the playoffs. Although it was not mentioned that he was battling a virus throughout the playoffs until after
My Grade: This was a tough one, but I’d give Kidd a 7. Obviously, he had his problems in the playoffs, but for a second, let’s take Kidd off last year’s team and start JJ Barea or someone else. Where does that team go? For all the problems the Mavs had, Kidd greatly helped carry this team in the regular season and was a very important piece.
Outlook: For all the talk of Dirk still not having won a Championship, the fact of that matter is that Kidd has not won one yet either and is older. With the Mavs returning a lot of the same supporting cast, look for Kidd to continue to play well in reduced minutes while searching for the elusive Championship. With two years left on his deal, he figures to be around and will still be a large part of the Mavs, whether as the starting PG or the back-up to CP3 (Yes!!!!!).