June 3, 2013

First it was Grant Hill and now Jason Kidd has announced his retirement as well.  Co-NBA Rookie of the Year Award winners Hill and Kidd entered the NBA together 19 years ago and today, both enter retirement with trophy cases full of honors after their great careers.  Hill and Kidd were both first round draft picks in 1994, with Kidd going second overall to Dallas and Hill going third to Detroit.
Hill, a 7-time NBA All-Star, played 18 seasons in the NBA where he averaged just over 16 points per game.  Hill was a member of the All-NBA First or Second team five times and was also on the All-Rookie First team during the 1994-1995 season. Hill spent six in Detroit before moving on to Orlando for six seasons and Phoenix for five more. Hill concluded his career playing one season for the Los Angeles Clippers.

Kidd, a 10-time NBA All-Star, 5-time All-NBA first-teamer and 4-time NBA All-Defensive team member, played 19 seasons in the NBA for the Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, New Jersey Nets and New York Knicks.  Kidd averaged 12.6 points, 8.7 assists and 6.3 rebounds per game in his career. Kidd ranks third all-time in NBA triple-doubles, trailing only Hall of Famers Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson.  Kidd retired ranked second all-time in assists and steals, only behind John Stockton in both categories.  In 2011, Kidd won his only NBA Championship with the Dallas Mavericks.