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Steve Nash
Steve Nash
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Born: 02/07/74
Height: 6-3 / 1.91
Weight:195 lbs. / 88.5 kg.
A player averaging 18 PPG for the league’s slowest team in 2003-04, the Portland Trail Blazers, would have jumped to 19.5 per night for the 2004-05 Suns, given the same role and efficiency as a scorer. Add Nash’s distribution, and bigger leaps were possible. Stoudemire went from scoring 20.6 PPG in 2003-04, his second NBA season, to 26.0 while playing fewer minutes after Nash’s arrival. “That’s why it really fries my ass when people out there — and even players in the league — said, ‘I don’t know that Steve Nash should’ve been MVP,'” says Gentry, who was a Suns assistant coach when Nash signed with Phoenix. “He joined a team that was pretty much exactly the same. We added him and Quentin Richardson. We went from 29 wins to 62 wins.”
2 months ago via ESPN
“I think things are cyclical, but it is hard to envision because the game’s better, it’s more exciting, it’s faster, it’s more skill and athleticism,” says Nash. “The game is aesthetically great, financially great, and the rules aren’t going change because of those by-products. So where are we going to develop one-on-one low post players? So we’ll see fewer and fewer kids with the skills to play in the post, which is only going to further deepen the need to play the way the game’s played now.”
2 months ago via ESPN
As great as Nash was during their four seasons together, winning a pair of MVPs and twice taking the Suns to the West finals, D’Antoni believes he could have been more dominant if he hadn’t been so determined to be a traditional point guard. “Oh, without a doubt, I screwed that up,” D’Antoni said. “Nash was a purist. Steve’s a Hall of Fame point guard. He was unbelievably good. I just think instead of averaging 15 or 16 [points], he could have averaged 30 for us. He was that good of a shooter, and I don’t think it would have screwed the team up.”
2 months ago via ESPN
“We know better now,” Nash said. “The math’s been validated, and I think that’s why point guards are so aggressive. It makes sense. We stuck to our traditional values, and that allowed me to stick to my personality, whereas I should have come further and further out of my personality. Yeah, I should have probably shot the ball 20 times a game. It probably would have made a lot more sense, but at the time, we weren’t ready for that league-wide. Everyone was telling us that you can’t win shooting all those 3s, and now we realize that we didn’t shoot enough, especially when we were playing small. So, yeah, I think Mike’s right. I regret it, too. But it really wasn’t my personality and the culture of the game wasn’t ready for that. So it was like a bridge too far, so to speak, at the time.”
2 months ago via ESPN