Jason Kidd and Steve Nash have the mind-busting stat lines in this postseason: Kidd's 16 point, 16 rebound, 19 assist game against Toronto, and Steve Nash's 23 assist game against the Lakers. Both are playing incredible playoff basketball: Kidd is averaging a triple-double against the Raptors, while Nash is going for 15 ppg, 15 apg against the Lakers. They're the two best point guards in the league, and they're putting on some playoff shows.
But amidst the hype Steve Nash has been getting for three years, let's not forget: Jason Kidd is a better point guard and has had a better career.
Kidd has led the league in assists per game 5 times to Nash's 3, and Kidd has been in the top-5 in assists per game 12 times to Nash's 4. Think about that: Kidd has ranked in the top-5 in assists per game EIGHT MORE TIMES than Nash has. Nash's career highs in assists per game are a little higher than Kidd's career highs in assists per game, but Kidd makes up for that with a career 6.7 rebounds per game. Nash has averaged 2.9 rebounds per game.
In their career numbers, Kidd beats Nash (14.5, 9.2, 6.7 to 14.0, 7.6, 2.9). Kidd has done it better for longer. And Kidd has obviously had great playoff performances, too: he was the primary force guiding the Nets to two straight NBA Finals, and his career playoff numbers are 16.0, 9.0, 7.2 (Nash is good too, with 17.0, 8.2, 3.7; I love basketball-reference).
Kidd is the far superior rebounder. Kidd has had better team success. Kidd has been the better passer for longer. There is no question that Jason Kidd is the best post-Stockton point guard in the NBA. To suggest otherwise, you must ignore all the numbers.