"Point guards who don’t make mistakes, can stretch the floor, get teammates involved, and feed the ball to their team’s best scorers are critical. Hell, they’re one of the most critical pieces to championship play out there. Just look at the point guards of the past five champions: Kidd, Derek Fisher twice, Rajon Rondo, and Tony Parker. See any bad ones there? Neither do I. Kidd is the ideal game manager for a championship team. Rarely turns the ball over (2.2 per game), can stretch the floor (38 percent from distance in last season’s playoffs), and is an exquisite passer. Danilo Gallinari, although a talented young player, is a soft forward, who can shoot, score… and that’s about it. I can name about 50 of those off the top of my head. But Jason Kidd-type players? They’re pretty rare… just ask the Miami Heat."
Who would you rather have this season: Jason Kidd or Danilo Gallinari?
"Jason Kidd can't win you a game. He doesn't attack (0.6 attempts at the rim), and shot a below-average 34% from three, a mark eclipsed elsewhere on the floor only by his 60% at the rim. While Kidd is declining, Gallinari is rising fast. He can hit threes, he can score off the dribble, and he possesses a post game that is more refined than LeBron's. His defense is lacking, but improved once Gallo escaped Mike D'Antoni's defensive indifference. And while Kidd has no ability to take a game over, Danilo has that killer instinct (see: Game 4 vs. Oklahoma City). Kidd can dribble the ball up the floor and find the open man; Gallo can dribble up the floor, break his defender's ankle, and reverse jam over the help. Give me the young Italian, and you can keep your rich man's Derek Fisher."
"You say that Gallinari is 'rising fast.' I would argue the opposite. His second and third seasons were nearly identical. Who’s to say he’s a rising star if he’s given us no indication that he is a rapidly improving player? You also write that Danilo has a 'killer instinct'. Really? He was traded to a Nuggets team that lacked a true superstar, and was desperate for a go-to offensive force... yet he failed to become that force. His numbers declined across the board once he arrived in Denver. Jason Kidd doesn’t take games over, nor is he a dominant offensive force. But he’s a proven leader, an exceptional passer, and the type of player no team with championship aspirations can succeed without. His current skill set is hard to measure with statistics, but it’s pretty easy to say the Mavericks couldn’t have won the title without him."
"You're right, Gallo's numbers did drop across the board after he was traded to Denver, including his minutes per game (34.9 to 30.9). His FG% remained nearly the same, he shot better from three, and his free throw attempts per game went up (7.2, 10th in the NBA, one spot ahead of Kobe). With Wilson Chandler in China, Gallinari should prove he's ready to become the focal point of the offense (if this season ever happens). Due to roster congestion and an in-season trade, Gallo didn't break out quite as he should have last year, but Kidd completely fell off a ledge, averaging career-lows in points, minutes, FTA, and FG%, as well as a career-worst PER (14.46, tied for 33rd among point guards). Kidd had an amazing career, but from-this-point-on, Gallo is the better player."