The New York Knicks couldn't have gotten off to a better start, with their two wins over the Miami Heat and Philadelphia 76ers. Carmelo Anthony is leading the way offensively, with 30 and 27 points in the two wins. Steve Novak and J.R. Smith are knocking down threes. Tyson Chandler and Kurt Thomas are doing the dirty work. Raymond Felton is smoothly running the show. And Jason Kidd is filling in at the two guard, while giving the team a new dimension in that role at the same time.
Kidd scored 12 points in each victory, along with adding a total of nine assists, seven rebounds and five steals while going a plus-20 and plus-14. The offensive burden on this year's Knicks will lie with Anthony, but the last thing the team needs is for the other four guys to stand around and watch him play one-on-five basketball. With Kidd on the court at the same time as Felton, that gives the Knicks two selfless guys who will keep the ball moving. They can both score when needed and drive to the basket, but they'll hit the open man, whether it's Anthony or someone else.
Kidd will be going to the Hall of Fame as one of the greatest point guards ever to play the game, but right now he's playing slightly out of position, and that helps the Knicks' offensive flow. Defense and teamwork will be the keys to the Knicks' success this year, and Kidd is the epitome of a team-first guy. And his play in the first two games of the season makes him the Unsung Hero of the Week.