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Why do the Knicks keep playing Jason Kidd?

May 15, 2013, 5:19 PM EDT

D.J. Augustin, Jason Kidd

Jason Kidd has scored exceptionally during the playoffs.

There are many ways to evaluate scoring, but here’s how five players rank by one measure:

That’s how many points each player has scored during the 2013 playoffs, as a percentage of the total points scored by their draft class.

Kidd has gotten a lot of flack for his eight-game scoreless streak, but he’s 40 years old. 40! It’s not his fault the Knicks keep sending him out to miss shots, as his rut has now reached 0-for-17.

The Clippers didn’t rely on Grant Hill, the only other member of the 1994 draft class to score in these playoffs. The Heat aren’t even playing Juwan Howard. NBA teams long ago stopped asking players Glenn Robinson, Eddie Jones and Brian Grant to contribute.

But the Knicks keep trotting out Kidd, hoping for better results. And in that way, they’ve elevated Kidd’s scoreless streak into unprecedented territory.

Since 1963-64, as far back as Basketball-Reference’s streak finder goes, there have been 32 scoreless streaks of at least eight games,* including two each by Mark Madsen and John Salley. But most of those streaks came from end-of-bench players who didn’t play much.

Kidd is still an integral part of New York’s rotation.

Here’s how many minutes each player had during his scoreless streak. Keep in mind, some of these streaks have lasted a game or two longer than Kidd’s, but I’m still counting total minutes.

Kidd is represented by the orange bar that towers over everyone else, who are represented in blue.

pbt jason kidd scoreless streak

*Any streaks that spanned more than five seasons might not be counted due to the setup of B-R’s streak finder.

**McDowell’s minute total does not include the first game of his scoreless streak.

***Minutes played weren’t available for Fernsten’s and Fillmore’s streaks.

New York has other options. Pablo Prigioni and Chris Copeland can score a bit, and it’s not like Kidd is helping in other ways. The Knicks have defended worse in the playoffs with Kidd on the court.

But they just keep asking Kidd to do what he can no longer do.

  1. Mr. Wright 212 - May 15, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Ask Coach lmao…

  2. ProBasketballPundit - May 15, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    The Knicks are the team I love to hate but at this point I actually feel bad for them. They’re shuffling lineups, Kidd is scoreless over 8 games, and J.R. Smith is truly hanging his head…. even I don’t want to take shots at this point. I hope they can win a game or two for pride like Boston did against them.

  3. moseskkim - May 15, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    They need playmaking real bad and good 3 pt shooting but Kidd has lost all confidence and indianas D is great.

  4. dgbk - May 15, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    knicks should announce they wearing all black for game five

  5. johnmiked - May 15, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Cause Woodson is numnut pig headed azz. Kind of simple, he lets JR shoot 5 for 50 rather than sit him Kidd hasn’t scored a single point. Woodson is a fool

  6. modellforprez - May 15, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    HOT garbage son. word. why cants the knickeroos just take out the starting pound and plug in Mobb Deep

  7. misterdreamer119 - May 15, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Jason ancient. JR funeral smith. Car mee lo. Knicks are done.

  8. kavika6 - May 16, 2013 at 4:16 AM

    They must play him for the same reason OKC plays Derek Fisher. I have no idea why that is… I’m just saying.

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