The best international player in the history of each franchise

The best international player in the history of each franchise

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Phoenix Suns

Steve Nash, Canada

One of the top international stars the league has ever seen, Steve Nash helped redefine modern basketball as we know it.

Under Mike D’Antoni’s tutelage, the Seven-Seconds-or-Less Phoenix Suns helped take the sport as we know it from slow, plodding and mid-range-oriented into the beautiful, swift, pace-and-space product we know today.

Nash, one of the most gifted passers in league history, spent seven very successful campaigns in Phoenix. In that time, he won two MVP trophies, made five All-Star appearances and received All-NBA 1st Team distinction three separate times.

As a Sun, the Canadian floor general averaged 16.7 points and 11.0 assists nightly while slashing truly absurd shooting splits of 50.8/44.0/91.3.

Unfortunately, the Nash’s Suns’ peak came at the same time as Bryant and the Lakers second dynastic period in the late 2000s, as well as the San Antonio Spurs’ era of dominance. Thus, Phoenix was never able to reach the NBA Finals with the legendary Canadian at the helm.

Regardless, the long-haired dime-disher will go down as one of the best non-domestic players ever, as well as the greatest Phoenix Sun of all time. (Sorry, Charles Barkley.)

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