Steve Nash is one of, if not the, best point guard in the game right now. There are players like Deron Williams who proclaim themselves the “best in the game” (like he did in the 2009-2010 season). However, when it comes down to sheer command of the offense, ability to take over games and pure shooting ability, there is no better point guard than Steve Nash.
Nash has lead the league in assists four times (including the last two years), has been the MVP two years in a row, has been in the 50-40-90 club five times (50 percent field goals, 40 percent from 3, 90 percent free throws made) and has lead the league in free throws twice. If those aren’t perennial All-Star stats, I don’t know what is.
Nash may not score more than about 18 points per game, but don’t think he couldn’t if he didn’t need to. Because of Nash’s accuracy shooting the ball (keep in mind no NBA player in history has ever shot the ball as accurately as Nash can from all over–there is only one other player in the history of the game to make the 40-50-90 club more than once, but definitely not five times).
If you require further proof of Nash’s prowess, you can always go on Youtube and look up Nash’s name. Nash’s passes are out of this world, and he puts them right on the money. Also, you can look up Phoenix’s visit to the 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2010 NBA postseason. In 2005, Nash averaged a staggering 23.9 ppg and 11.3 apg (this was against the Memphis Grizzlies, Dallas Mavericks and San Antonion Spurs, not lightweights by any means). In 2007, Nash topped his career high in postseason assists by recording 13.3 apg. In 2010, Nash was instrumental in leading his team to the Western Conference Finals (after missing the playoffs the previous year). There, they faced the eventual champion Los Angeles Lakers (who wouldn’t have made the finals had a few freak occurrences not gone the Lakers’ way).
ESPN named Nash one of the nine best point guards to play the game in 2006, Nash still isn’t done. Although he is 37, he still beat out new point guard sensation Rajon Rondo for top assist honors last season. His numbers didn’t dip far enough last season for there to be concern that he can’t repeat the effort. With a potentially shortened, or canceled, season on the horizon, it will be interesting to see what Steve Nash does in order to defy odds again and solidify his name among the greats in NBA history.