Reason 43: Steve Nash’s continual dominance at the point guard position
Despite nearing 38 years of age, Steve Nash continues to impress and operate the point guard position as well as anyone in the League. It’s a true thing of beauty – the way Nash slices through the paint and finds his teammates with some of the most creative passes – and the 15-year veteran is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Nash ranked first in the NBA in total assists (855) and assists per game (11.4) last season. His 11.4 dimes per game were the third highest average of his career, as he posted 11.6 in 2007 and 11.5 in 2005. There’s no question Phoenix’s uptempo offense has increased his totals across the board, but you can’t deny the 15-year veteran as one of the best facilitators of all-time. For Nash, the awards, records and accolades continue to rack up. He’s been named the NBA MVP twice (2005 & 2006), selected to seven All-Star games and selected as part of the All-NBA First Team three times. He’s got the ability to score as well, posting a career 14.6 points per game average, while shooting 49% from the field, 43% from three-point range and 90% from the foul line. He’s currently seated in sixth place on the all-time assists list with 9,252. That number puts him second to Jason Kidd in comparison to active players, and 635 dimes behind Oscar Robertson (9,887) for fifth place all-time. In a full season, the likelihood of Nash passing Robertson would be great. But with a shortened campaign, hopefully “Nifty Nash” can at least cut into that margin in the 2011-12 NBA season.