Everyone has their favorite all-time starting five comprised of best players throughout one or several different eras in NBA history. Both former and current NBA players usually share their opinions on this topic, and Jason Kidd was one of the recent ones to talk about it. In an interview for the Dan Patrick Show, Kidd disclosed who is the best starting five comprised of some of the players he had the opportunity to play against during his career.
Kidd is still, to this day, considered one of the best point guards in NBA history, and surprisingly enough, he shared his appreciation for none other than John Stockton. All-time leader in assists and steals is Kidd’s first choice on the point guard position, and he believes Stockton is underrated among NBA fans today.
When you look at those records, it’s amazing, and I don’t think he gets the due he deserves. I still think he is sometimes left out in the mix of great, great point guards, and we sometimes forget to mention him.Jason Kidd, via Dan Patrick Show
Since Kidd had the opportunity to play against the legendary Chicago Bulls team during their second three-peat, he would choose Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen for his shooting guard and small forward position. We witnessed numerous great power forwards in the last two decades; however, Tim Duncan left the biggest impression on Kidd throughout the years.
My two-guard is Michael Jordan. I’m going to go with Tim Duncan as my power forward. I know Timmy a little bit, and I know he says he is not 7 feet, so he is going to have to play power forward, and I think he will be fine with that. For the small forward, I’m going with Scottie Pippen.Jason Kidd, via Dan Patrick Show
Shaquille O’Neal is the first choice for a starting center on that squad, and Kidd had the opportunity to see firsthand how dominant Shaq was in his prime. In 2002, while playing for the New Jersey Nets, Kidd faced Shaq, who was absolutely unstoppable during that series, securing the Los Angeles Lakers’ first three-peat.
When it comes to the centers, there are so many good ones. I would have to go with Shaq.Jason Kidd, via Dan Patrick Show
Kidd’s all-time starting five is undoubtedly a great team capable of beating almost any fantasy team. It’s mostly consisted of players Kidd had the opportunity to play against at some point in his career. Except for Jordan and maybe Shaq, Kidd’s starting five has a few relatively surprising names on it but an impressive squad nevertheless.