The All Time All Alphabet team moves on the letter K.
In putting these teams together, the idea is to adhere to some sort of positional orthodoxy. With the K's, positions are a more malleable concept. There are essentially 3 small forwards in this team, but they are all very different ball players, capable of fulfilling very different roles. Fronted by an outstanding set up man, the K Team should be able to thrive as an uptempo offensive force.
Point Guard – Jason Kidd
An all time great of the game, Kidd can sometimes get overlooked when the discussions turn to the greatest point guards, which seems strange for a man with 10 All Star appearances, 9 All Defensive teams and 6 All NBA awards.
Over a long 19 year career, Kidd racked up numbers. He led the league in assists on 5 occasions, only trailing only the legendary John Stockton in assists and steals all time. Sporting excellent size and athleticism, Kidd's nose for a rebound made him a constant triple double threat. Kidd retired in 3rd all time in that stat, although Russell Westbrook has since overtaken him. Remarkably for a player once dubbed Ason Kidd for his lack of a jump shot, Kidd retired in 3rd place in 3 pointers made, although the NBA's 3 point centric modern era has pushed him far down that list, nowadays.
Kidd was the centrepiece of a young core leading a moribund Mavericks team out of the wilderness in the mid 1990's, although he wouldn't taste the ultimate success until 2011 after a long, circuitous route taking in the Suns and Nets (who he led to a pair of finals appearances).
Standing 6'4 with a solid build, Kidd had excellent size at the 1. His all world speed made him a spectacular physical package. Kidd's passing, rebounding and defense made him a star.
Kidd and his back court running mate will enjoy throwing lobs the the athletic bigs on this K Team.
Point Forward – Toni Kukoc
The versatile Kukoc nominally slots in at the shooting guard position, although his malleable game means he could play the point, run off ball as a wing, or create mismatches as a stretch 4.
His impact on the NBA is perhaps a little overplayed, given his role in the 2nd of the Bulls three-peats, but Kukoc was nonetheless a fine player.
He didn't join the Bulls until the 1994 season as a 25 year old, despite being drafted 4 years earlier. To some extent, we're lucky to have seen the Croatian in the NBA at all. He was coming from region in the midst of civil war, and felt strongly about moving too far away from his family. There was also the infamous beat down he took from Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen at the Barcelona Olympics. He would have been well within his rights to think, 'screw playing with those guys!'.
Fortunately, Kukoc did head stateside, and enjoyed a 12 year NBA career for the Bulls, Sixers, Hawks and Bucks.
The 1996 Sixth Man of the Year was a gifted play maker, using his height to see angles that others couldn't. European basketball was ahead of the curve when it came to the position less basketball mantra and Kukoc was a prime example of what teaching bigs to play like guards could produce.
In retirement, Kukoc has become an outstanding golfer, claiming Croatia's Amateur Championship in 2011.