Word on the Street

Jason Kidd Triple Single (ja’-sun kid trip’-ul sing-guhl) noun. A triple single in which the player barely reaches double figures in points, rebounds, and assists.

Usage example:LeBron almost had a Jason Kidd Triple Single last night: 10 points, 10 rebounds, and 9 assists.

Word trivia: Jason Kidd is the NBA’s foremost master of the triple single. He’s third on the all-time list (behind only Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson) with 87. However, Kidd has never been a great scorer – as evidenced by his lifetime averages of 15 PPG on 40 percent shooting – so there are times he barely squeezes into double figures in points. Of his 87 triple single, 38 of them have featured a total of 15 points or less, 45 of 16 points or less, and 54 of 19 points or less. In fact, he’s only scored more than 15 points in four of his last 20 triple singles. A standard Jason Kidd triple single looks something like this: 10/11/11, 13/10/12, 12/10/11, 13/14/11, and so on.

Mind you, this term isn’t meant to detract from Kidd’s amazing versatility. Kidd averaged a career high 8.2 RPG this season (to go along with his 13 PPG and 9.2 APG) and actually led his team in rebounding …as a point guard. By the way, that 8.2 RPG average was good enough for 17th in the league, putting Kidd ahead of starting centers like Chris Kaman, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Erick Dampier, Mehmet Okur, and Eddy Curry. Amazingly, nobody really talks about this, probably because the Nets aren’t a very good team. Did I mention Kidd got jobbed out of the 2002 MVP award? Well, he did.

What fuels this triple single machine? Jersey.


Labels: Jason Kidd / LeBron James / Oscar Robertson / Magic Johnson / Zydrunas Ilgauskas / Erick Dampier / Mehmet Okur / Eddy Curry / Chris Kaman / New Jersey Nets / NBA MVP / NBA / Word on the Street


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