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Why John Wall is the next Jason Kidd

Washington Wizards guard showing he has Kidd's magic touch

Originally Published: October 10, 2011
By Tom Haberstroh | ESPN Insider
John Wall and Jason KiddGetty Images, US PresswireJohn Wall's game looks more and more like Jason Kidd's -- down to their uniform number.

Jason Kidd is a modern marvel. We've seen thousands of players set foot on an NBA court, but no one has been able to rival Kidd's combination of immense strength, altruistic creativity and applied athleticism at his size. The Dallas Mavericks' ageless point guard redefined the position and set the table for a new generation of super-sized floor generals equally capable of pulling down double-digit boards or dishing out double-digit assists.

Standing 6-foot-4, Kidd has notched 107 triple-doubles over his career, an active record that is only bested by legends Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson. Here's a fun exercise: If you added up all the triple-doubles recorded by LeBron James, Grant Hill, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett and Chris Paul, you would still need two more triple-doubles in order to match Kidd's obscene total. Think about that.

So when we're searching for the next Jason Kidd, we must first concede that he's a peerless statistical phenomenon in modern-day basketball. But there is a player who possesses the athleticism and the raw skill set to challenge Kidd: Johnathan Hildred Wall.