When Jason Kidd first came into the league in 1994, he wasn’t much of a shooter. In fact, his shooting was so bad in his first few seasons with the Phoenix Suns that people called him “Ason Kidd” because of his lack of a jump shot, or “J.”
Kidd’s limited offense didn’t stop him from making multiple NBA All-Star games with the Suns because of how elite he was as a playmaker and defender, but a reliable jump shot would have made him a complete player. Sound familiar? It should.
Ben Simmons, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, was heralded as the next big thing because of his stellar playmaking and athleticism, and so far he’s lived up to the hype. In his three-year career, Simmons has averaged 16.4 points, 8.3 rebounds, 8 assists and 1.7 steals per game. But Simmons has a problem with his jump shot, particularly from behind the arc.
Not only has Simmons struggled to convert his 3-point jumpers, but he’s refused to take them. In the 217 games Simmons has played over the last three years, he’s attempted 24 total 3-pointers and made two of them. If he was a big man, that wouldn’t be a huge issue, but he’s not — he’s the 76ers’ starting point guard.
Could Kidd, someone who became an elite 3-point shooter late in his career, be the person to teach Simmons the value of having a reliable 3-point shot? It appears that at the very least, Kidd would like to find out.
Los Angeles #Lakers assistant coach Jason Kidd wants the 76ers coaching job, according to multiple league sources.— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) August 28, 2020
Brett Brown was recently fired as the 76ers’ head coach after losing in the first round to the Boston Celtics. Brown was the 76ers’ head coach for seven seasons.
This isn’t the first time we’re hearing Kidd get connected to a job. In fact, Kidd has been linked to just about every vacant head coaching gig in the NBA, from the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets, to the New Orleans Pelicans.
However, this is the first time we’ve seen a report of what seems to be Kidd lobbying for a job. Sure, we’ve heard about how “eager” he is to be a head coach again, but we’ve never heard of him wanting to coach a specific team.
It will be interesting to see if this approach works in his favor. If it does, we might all want to consider leaking what job we want to reporters. Here’s an example:
“Silver Screen & Roll writer Christian Rivas wants the ‘Guy’s Grocery Games’ hosting job, according to multiple league sources.”
Sorry, Guy: there’s a new sheriff in Flavor Town.
In all seriousness, it seems like it’s only a matter of time before Kidd is a head coach again, so the Lakers might want to start making calls for new assistants. I hear Alvin Gentry and Brett Brown are available.