For the life of me I don’t understand why NBA teams are so interested in Jason Kidd and Steve Nash. It’s 2009. If it was 1999 or even 2004, I would get it.
Kidd is a free agent and Nash is one year away from free agency (I think) and still the piece around which Phoenix intends to rebuild. Why?
Kidd (I think ) is 36. Nash is right there with him. If I wasn’t so lazy with the research, this post would be even more impressive.
But lazy or not, my point is that point guards don’t last much beyond their mid-thirties. I’d even venture to say that many of the greatest point guards were done being truly great by their early 30s.
John Stockton, off the top of my head, probably stayed as effective as anyone deep into his 30s. Stockton, though, is the exception.
My advice for NBA teams would be to think of both Nash and Kidd as one year investments. At their advanced ages for basketball, they’re both running out of time. Kidd, in particular, has played a lot of basketball when you factor in his coming out school so early.
Jason Kidd and Steve Nash belong in the Hall of Fame some day. Where they don’t belong right now is in a smart NBA team’s future plans beyond the next year.
Mark my words. I’m not wishing either of them bad things, but it seems inevitable that you’ll see even sharper declines in each of them sooner than later.