• Born: February 7th, 1974, Johannesburg, South Africa
• Height and weight:6 ft 3, 180 lb
• Position: PG
• HS: St. Michaels (Victoria, British Columbia)
• College: Santa Clara
• Draft: 1996 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15th overall/ Drafted by the Phoenix Suns
• 1996-1998 Phoenix Suns
• 1998-2004 Dallas Mavericks
• 2004-2012 Phoenix Suns
• 2012-2015 Los Angeles Lakers
• Career Highlights: NBA Most Valuable Player (2005, 2006), 2× NBA Most Valuable Player, 8× NBA All-Star (2002, 2003, 2005–2008, 2010, 2012), 3× All-NBA First Team (2005–2007), 2× All-NBA Second Team (2008, 2010), 2× All-NBA Third Team (2002, 2003), 5× NBA assists leader (2005–2007, 2010, 2011), 4× 50–40–90 club (2006, 2008–2010), No. 13 retired by Phoenix Suns, 2× FIBA AmeriCup MVP (1999, 2003), No. 11 retired by Santa Clara
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Nobody could ever possibly imagine that out of probably one of the best draft classes from 1996, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound Canadian point guard out of Santa Clara, without exceptional athleticism would have the most regular season MVP awards. To put that into perspective, Kobe Bryant, Allen Iverson, Ray Allen, and many other great players didn’t achieve what Steve Nash did during his long NBA career.
Unfortunately, he never made it to the NBA finals, but he definitely proved that you can achieve anything by putting in hard work and being completely determined in everything you are doing. Nash finished his career third in assists, third in assist percentage (percentage of teammate field goals assisted while on the floor — Nash assisted on 42 percent of all buckets while he was on the court), fifth in playoff assists and third playoff assist percentage.
He teamed up with Dirk and became a star in Dallas and after 6 years the Suns who originally drafted him saw the potential of bringing an important piece which was missing in their system. They surrounded him with a young group of players who could play a style of game which suited Nash’s ability to pass the ball extremely well. Nash’s offenses, and the fabled Seven Seconds or Less Suns, were so much better than the rest of their league that it makes a mockery of any other offense that we can even conceive of.
Nash was contributing a lot to their tempo since they didn’t just run toward the rim, nor did they just chuck up shots. Everything with Phoenix was about quickness and reactivity. Mike D’Antoni always says the ball finds energy. With the Suns, the ball whipped around like it was an atomic ball of light, and Nash was the reactor.
Nash Steve Nash’s extreme unselfishness was something that most of us will remember about him, however, it gets lost that Nash was as gifted a shooter as he was a passer. Nash crossed the 50-40-90 mark (50 percent from the field, 40 percent from 3, 90 percent from the stripe) four times, more than any player in NBA history.
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In a later stage of his career, he decided to join a stacked Los Angeles Lakers team which already featured Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Dwight Howard, and Ron Artest. There were high expectations for that team to win at least one championship but injuries and bad chemistry ruined the potential this team initially had.
Nash was fighting injuries during his time with the Lakers but at times he still showed flashes of his MVP performances with unselfish basketball and displaying a high basketball IQ every team he was on offense.
Nash decided to retire in 2015, and on Friday night be became a basketball immortal by entering the HOF. In his speech, Nash delivered a very important message of finding something you love to do and simply do it every day. It’s also crucially important to put it in the hard work and believing in everything you do.
Steve is the perfect epitome that you can achieve many great things even if you’re considered as an underdog because, at one point in his career, Steve Nash was the best player in the world and he did against all odds.
LIFE AFTER BASKETBALL
On 25 September 2015, it was confirmed that Nash would take on part-time consulting duties for the Golden State Warriors. During his first season with the team, the Warriors produced a record-breaking 73–9 season and the next season won the NBA championship.