A young LeBron James brought unprecedented hype and expectation when he came to the NBA in 2003. The St. Vincent-St. Mary High School product had been tabbed as the heir to Michael Jordan essentially from the time he was a sophomore and was seen as the most can’t-miss prospect ever. But while James captured the national spotlight, Gary Payton believes Jason Kidd had every ounce of LBJ’s acclaim as a standout from the Bay Area.
The Glove said back in 2018 that Kidd was nearly on par with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Joe Montana in terms of name recognition in the Bay in the late 1980s. That’s bold, considering Montana was at the peak of his powers and one of the most prominent figures in all of sports.
Gary Payton and Jason Kidd both hail from the Bay Area
Modern NBA players like Damian Lillard have spoken about how vital the Oakland Bay Area region is to their makeup and journey to the Association. Such was also the case for both Gary Payton and Jason Kidd.
Payton went to Skyline High School in Oakland before going on to Oregon State. He starred for the Beavers, ultimately getting drafted second overall in the 1990 NBA Draft to the Seattle SuperSonics.
Kidd came after Payton and almost immediately became the talk of the region. The San Francisco native became a national sensation at Saint Joseph of Notre Dame in Alameda, California, before staying in-state as a star for the California Golden Bears. Like Payton before him, Kidd was also the No. 2 overall pick, going second to the Dallas Mavericks in the 1994 NBA Draft.
Both charted separate paths to Springfield as members of the Hall of Fame. But, according to Payton, almost everyone expected Kidd to be a superstar before his career really started.
The Glove claims Kidd was the “first LeBron” in one particular aspect
Former St. Joseph’s High School guard Jason Kidd signs autographs after winning the 1992 North Coast Section championships at the old Oakland Arena | MediaNews Group/Oakland Tribune via Getty Images
The parallels that exist between Jason Kidd and LeBron James are quite interesting.
Kidd starred for a private high school with a Catholic background. James played at the first Catholic high school founded in Summit County in Ohio. Likewise, J-Kidd became renowned for his court vision, remarkable intellect, and ability to stuff every category in the stat sheet. LeBron boasts those same attributes, with his unique blend of size and athleticism contributing to his dominance.
There’s another similarity, or so Gary Payton believes. The Glove said (h/t ESPN) before Kidd’s Hall of Fame induction in 2018 that the 10-time All-Star was the first LeBron James in terms of high school players attracting the attention of the masses.
“People don’t know, J was the first LeBron [when it came to the attention surrounding one player] coming out of high school. He was good. Really, really good. In the Bay Area, that’s what all the talk was about — J-Kidd.”
-Gary Payton (2018), via
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