STEPHEN JOHN NASH, OC , OBC (born February 7, 1974), is a Canadian
former professional basketball player who played in the National
Basketball Association (NBA). He was an eight-time
NBA All-Star and a
All-NBA selection. Twice, Nash was named the NBA Most
Valuable Player while playing for the
Phoenix Suns . He currently
serves as general manager of the Canadian national team and as a
player development consultant for the
Golden State Warriors .
After a successful high school basketball career in British Columbia
, Nash earned a scholarship to
Santa Clara University in California.
In his four seasons with the Broncos , the team made three NCAA
Tournament appearances, and he was twice named the West Coast
Conference (WCC) Player of the Year . Nash graduated from Santa Clara
as the team's all-time leader in assists and was taken as the 15th
pick in the 1996
NBA draft by the
Phoenix Suns . He made minimal
impact and was traded to the
Dallas Mavericks in 1998. By his fourth
season with the Mavericks, he was voted to his first
NBA All-Star Game
and had earned his first
All-NBA selection. Together with Dirk
Michael Finley , Nash led the Mavericks to the Western
Conference Finals the following season . He became a free agent after
the 2003–04 season and returned to the Phoenix Suns.
In the 2004–05 season , Nash led the Suns to the Western Conference
Finals and was named the league's MVP. He was named MVP again in the
2005–06 season and was runner-up for a third consecutive MVP to
Nowitzki in 2006–07 . Named by
ESPN in 2006 as the ninth-greatest
point guard of all time, Nash led the league in assists and free-throw
percentage at various points in his career. He is also ranked as one
of the top players in NBA league history in three-point shooting ,
free-throw shooting, total assists, and assists per game.
Nash has been honoured for his contributions to various philanthropic
causes. In 2006, he was named by Time as one of the 100 most
influential people in the world. He was appointed to the Order of
Canada in 2007 and invested to the order in 2016, and was awarded an
Doctor of Laws
Doctor of Laws by the
University of Victoria
University of Victoria in 2008.
Nash has been a co-owner of the
Vancouver Whitecaps FC of Major
Soccer (MLS) since the team entered the league in 2011. In
2012, he was named general manager of the Canadian men\'s national
basketball team , for whom he played from 1991 to 2003.
* 1 Early life
High school career
* 3 College career
* 3.1 College statistics
* 4 Professional career
Phoenix Suns (1996–1998)
Dallas Mavericks (1998–2004)
* 4.3 Return to Phoenix (2004–2012)
Los Angeles Lakers (2012–2015)
* 5 Retirement and consulting duties
* 6 National team career
* 7 Player profile
* 8 NBA career statistics
* 8.1 Regular season
* 8.2 Playoffs
* 8.3 NBA career highlights
* 9 Off the court
* 9.1 Personal life
* 9.2 Charity
* 9.3 Endorsements
* 9.5 Other interests
* 10 In media
* 11 See also
* 12 References
* 13 Further reading
* 14 External links
Nash was born in
Johannesburg , South Africa, to a Welsh mother,
Jean, and English father, John, on February 7, 1974. His family
Regina, Saskatchewan when he was 18 months old, before
Victoria, British Columbia . He therefore holds British
as well as Canadian citizenship. Before the family settled in Canada,
his father played professional soccer in various parts of the world.
Nash often played soccer and ice hockey with his younger brother
Martin , and did not start playing basketball until he was 12 or 13
years old. In grade eight, however, he told his mother that one day
he would play in the NBA and would become a star. He was neighbour to
future NHL stars Russ and
Geoff Courtnall , who used to babysit him
and played soccer coached by Nash's father.
HIGH SCHOOL CAREER
Nash originally attended
Mount Douglas Secondary School in Saanich,
British Columbia , but after his grades began to drop, his parents
decided to enroll him at
St. Michaels University School , a private
boarding school in Victoria . There, he starred in basketball,
soccer, and rugby union . While playing basketball during his senior
season, Nash averaged 21.3 points , 11.2 assists , and 9.1 rebounds
per game. In the 1991–92 season, he led his team in his final year
British Columbia AAA provincial championship title, and was
named the province's Player of the Year.
Although Nash's high school coach, Ian Hyde-Lay, sent letters of
inquiry and highlight reels on Nash's behalf to over 30 American
universities, Nash was not recruited by any university, until Santa
Dick Davey requested video footage of the young guard.
After watching Nash in person, Davey said he "was nervous as hell just
hoping that no one else would see him. It didn't take a Nobel Prize
winner to figure out this guy's pretty good. It was just a case of
hoping that none of the big names came around." However, Davey also
told Nash that he was "the worst defensive player" he had ever seen.
Nash was awarded a scholarship by Santa Clara for the 1992–93
season. At that time, it had been five years since the Broncos
appeared in the NCAA tournament. That changed when Nash led the
Broncos to a WCC Tournament title and an upset win over the No. 2
seeded Arizona in the first round of the NCAA Men\'s Division I
Basketball Tournament . In that game, Nash scored six straight free
throws in the last 30 seconds of the contest. Although Santa Clara
was defeated by Temple in the next round, the 1992–93 campaign was
considered a successful one. However, the Broncos failed to sustain
the momentum the following season, and only managed a 5–7 record in
the conference. The team rebounded in the 1994–95 season, with Nash
being named Conference Player of the Year and the Broncos topping the
WCC. Featuring the league leader for scoring and assists in Nash, the
Broncos returned to the NCAA tournament, but they were defeated by
Mississippi State . After the season, Nash contemplated turning
professional, and decided against it when he learned that he would
probably not be considered as a first-round pick in the 1995 NBA draft
. My heroes were
Isiah Thomas ,
Michael Jordan ,
Magic Johnson . I
think they were just so competitive and creative. Especially Isiah, he
was somebody that wasn't very tall. He had played the game mostly on
the floor and it made me feel that I could find a way to do the same.
In the 1995–96 season, Nash began attracting the attention of the
national media and professional scouts. He had spent the summer before
that honing his skills, playing with the Canadian national team and
working out with the likes of established NBA players
Jason Kidd and
Gary Payton . Santa Clara again captured the WCC title, and for the
second consecutive year, Nash was named Conference Player of the Year,
the first Bronco to do so since
Kurt Rambis . He scored 28 points in
leading the No. 10 seed Broncos to a first round upset win over No. 7
seed Maryland , but then the Broncos were eliminated by Kansas .
Nash's performances ensured that he earned an honourable mention
All-America as a senior by
The Associated Press and the
USBWA . He
also finished his career as Santa Clara's all-time leader in career
assists (510), free-throw percentage (.862), and made and attempted
three-pointers (263–656). He remains third on the school's all-time
scoring list (1,689), and holds Santa Clara's single-season free-throw
percentage record (.894). In September 2006, Nash had his jersey
(#11) retired, becoming the first Santa Clara student-athlete to
receive that honour.
PHOENIX SUNS (1996–1998)
After graduating with a degree in sociology, Nash was selected 15th
overall by the
Phoenix Suns in the first round of the 1996
NBA draft .
Upon hearing the draft announcement, Suns fans booed in disapproval of
the relatively unknown player. This was because despite his
impressive college accomplishments, Nash had not played in one of the
major college conferences . A major influence in Phoenix's choice was
Donnie Nelson , who met Nash back in high school as he
was coached by Nelson's friend Ken Shields , and would eventually
befriend the player as he played in Santa Clara . During his first two
seasons in the NBA, Nash played a supporting role behind NBA star
Kevin Johnson ,
Sam Cassell , and later,
Jason Kidd .
Both Johnson and Cassell had
NBA Finals experience, while Kidd was the
second overall pick in the 1994
NBA draft and already an
he arrived at Phoenix.
In his rookie season, Nash only managed 10.5 minutes a game, but in
his second season, his playing time increased significantly and he was
even ranked 13th in the league for three-point field-goal percentage.
Nevertheless, the Canadian's tenure with the Suns did not last. Nelson
had just taken a job as assistant general manager of the Dallas
Mavericks under his father,
Don Nelson , and convinced him to acquire
the under-utilised Nash. Following the 1998
NBA draft , Nash was
traded from the Suns to the Mavericks in exchange for Martin
Bubba Wells , the draft rights to
Pat Garrity and a
first-round draft pick (who later turned out to be future Phoenix
Shawn Marion ).
DALLAS MAVERICKS (1998–2004)
It was in Dallas that Nash established himself as a formidable point
guard, beginning a decade as one of the game's top players. During his
first year as a Maverick (the lockout -shortened 1998–99 season ) he
started in all 40 games he played in, and averaged 7.9 points, 2.9
rebounds and 5.5 assists per game. The 19–31 Mavericks failed to
make the playoffs but in the 1999–2000 season , the team's prospects
improved considerably. Nash missed 25 mid-season games due to an ankle
injury, but came back to record six double-doubles in the last month
of play. He finished the season with averages of 8.6 points and 4.9
assists per game. More importantly for the team, second-year teammate
Dirk Nowitzki was blossoming quickly into a top player,
Michael Finley was having an
All-Star -calibre year, and the
team's new owner, billionaire
Mark Cuban , was bringing new energy and
excitement to the franchise. Nash now had a supportive environment in
which he could thrive.
In the 2000–01 season , Nash averaged 15.6 points and 7.3 assists
per game in a breakout season. With Nash directing the team's
offense, Nowitzki and Finley playing at their best, and the
Juwan Howard complementing the high-scoring
trio, the Mavericks earned a playoff berth for the first time in more
than a decade. Dallas lost in the Western Conference Semifinals four
games to one to the San Antonio Spurs , but it marked the beginning of
a memorable run for Nash and the Mavericks. In the 2001–02 season ,
Nash posted career-highs of 17.9 points and 7.7 assists per game and
earned a spot in the
NBA All-Star Game and on the
All-NBA Third Team .
He was now an All-Star, increasingly appearing in television
commercials and, with Finley and Nowitzki, a part of the Dallas
Mavericks "Big Three." Dallas earned another trip to the playoffs but
lost again in the Semifinals to the Sacramento Kings four games to
Nash closely replicated his previous season's performance in the
2002–03 season , averaging 17.7 points and 7.3 assists per game,
All-NBA Third Team honours. Nowitzki and
Nash led the Mavericks from a 14-game winning streak to open the
season all the way to the Western Conference Finals, where they lost
to the eventual NBA champions, the San Antonio Spurs four games to
two. It was only the second Conference Finals appearance in the
franchise's history. The 2003–04 season saw an offensively boosted
Mavericks roster (with the acquisitions of
Antoine Walker and Antawn
Jamison ) but a dip in Nash's scoring contributions. As a result, he
was not selected for the
All-NBA team rosters even though
he achieved new career highs in assists per game (8.8) and free-throw
accuracy (91.6%). In the playoffs , the fifth-seeded Dallas failed to
make progress yet again as the Sacramento Kings saw them off four
games to one.
After the 2003–04 season, Nash became a free agent . He attempted
to negotiate a long-term contract with Cuban, who was paying Walker,
Finley, Nowitzki and Jamison nearly $50 million in combined salaries
that season. Cuban wanted to build his franchise around the younger
Nowitzki and did not want to risk signing the 30-year-old Nash to a
long-term deal, and offered Nash a four-year deal worth about $9
million annually, with a fifth year partially guaranteed. The Phoenix
Suns on the other hand offered the point guard a six-year, $63 million
contract. Nash was reluctant to leave Dallas and returned to Cuban to
see if he would match the deal; Cuban did not, and Nash signed with
the Suns for the 2004–05 season . The Canadian would go on to win
two League MVP awards with Phoenix, and on a 14 June 2006 appearance
Late Show with David Letterman , Cuban wondered out loud, "...
you know Steve's a great guy and I love him to death, but why couldn't
he play like an MVP for us?"
RETURN TO PHOENIX (2004–2012)
After Nash's return to Phoenix in 2004, they won 33 more games
than they did the previous season.
Nash joined a Suns team which had emerging young players in Shawn
Marion , Joe Johnson and Amar\'e Stoudemire . In the season before
Nash arrived, the Suns had recorded a 29–53 win–loss record, and
they were projected to have another poor season. Head coach Mike
D\'Antoni favoured an up-tempo style of basketball; this required
smaller and more athletic players with the capability to outrun and
outshoot their opponents. Nash's familiarity with this style combined
with the athleticism of his teammates produced an NBA-best 62–20
record and a points-per-game average of 110.4, the highest in a
decade. The catalyst of this turnaround, Nash averaged 11.5 assists
per game while making 50.2% of his field goals and 43.1% of his
three-pointers in the regular season. He edged Shaquille O\'Neal to
win the 2004–05
NBA MVP award , becoming the first Canadian to earn
the honour, as well as the third point guard ever to be named MVP,
Magic Johnson and
Bob Cousy . In the playoffs , Phoenix
Memphis Grizzlies in four games before meeting the Dallas
Mavericks in the second round. Nash led the Suns to a 4–2 series
win, and the Suns reached the Western Conference finals for the first
time since 1993, but lost to the eventual NBA Champions and
arch-rival, the San Antonio Spurs, in five games.
The next season , Stoudemire suffered a serious knee injury, and
Quentin Richardson were traded away. The Suns were not
expected to repeat their successful 2005 season, but with Nash
directing the same high-tempo offence, the team compiled a respectable
54–28 record and won the division title . The Suns were again the
highest-scoring team in the league with seven players averaging double
figures in points per game, and Nash was voted for the first time to
start for the 2006 Western
All-Star team. Having recorded career
highs in points (18.8), rebounds (4.2), field goal percentage (.512)
and free-throw percentage (a league-leading .921), and leading the
league with 10.5 assists per game, Nash was named the league MVP for
the second year in a row. In the first round of the playoffs ,
Phoenix overcame a 3–1 deficit against the
Los Angeles Lakers and
won the series 4–3. The
Los Angeles Clippers were their Conference
Semifinals opponents, and the Suns again needed seven games to clinch
the series. For the second year in a row, however, the Suns bowed out
in the Conference Finals, this time to Nash's former team, Dallas.
In the 2006–07 season , Nash had another stellar campaign,
averaging 18.6 points and a career-high 11.6 assists per game while
becoming the first person since
Magic Johnson in 1990–91 to average
18 points and 11 assists per game during the regular season. Nash
received the most votes for first-team
All-NBA and was joined by
teammate Stoudemire; the two were the first teammates to make the
first team since
Kobe Bryant and
Shaquille O'Neal in 2003–04 . Nash
received 129 first-place votes and 645 total points from the panel of
129 media members. He narrowly missed being MVP a third consecutive
time, coming in second with 44 first place votes to 83 for Dirk
Nowitzki . In the playoffs , the Suns eliminated the Lakers in five
games before losing 4–2 to the Spurs in the Conference Semifinals.
Nash with then-teammate Shaquille O\'Neal
Nash played in 81 regular-season games during the 2007–08 season ;
in this campaign, the Western Conference was especially competitive
and he led the Suns to 55 wins and the sixth seed for the 2008 NBA
Playoffs . Although there was a dip in his regular-season output,
Nash's shooting remained sharp; the accuracy of his shooting was on
par with his 2005–06 MVP campaign (shooting at least 50% from the
field, 40% from the three-point arc, and 90% from the free throw
line). On 31 January 2008, he collected his
All-Star stripes for the
sixth time in his career. However, Nash continued to experience agony
in the playoffs. Despite a mid-season trade that sent
Shawn Marion to
Miami Heat and brought four-time NBA champion
Shaquille O'Neal to
the team, the Suns were defeated in the first round of the playoffs by
the San Antonio Spurs for the third time in four years. In the
deciding Game 5, Nash was perceived to have suffered from
"elimination-game jitters", and turned over the ball twice in the
final two minutes of what was a tight contest. Nevertheless, Nash was
later named to the
All-NBA Second Team for the 2007–08 season.
Before the 2008–09 season began, coach D'Antoni was replaced by
Terry Porter , who preferred a more defensive-oriented style of
basketball. The Suns had difficulties adapting to this new system, and
even a December trade involving sending stalwarts
Raja Bell and Boris
Diaw to the
Charlotte Bobcats for athletic swingman
saw the team continue to struggle. Porter was then replaced by Alvin
Gentry in February after a 28–23 record, but the Suns were unable to
secure the final seed for the playoffs , resulting in Nash missing
the playoffs for the first time since he returned to Phoenix for his
second stint. Nash in 2009
Nash and the Suns opened the 2009–10 season with a series of strong
performances, going 8–1 in their first nine games (a franchise-best
since 1980–81 ), with Nash producing two 20-assists games. On 21
January 2010, Nash was named as the starting point guard for the West
for the 2010
NBA All-Star Game. With him operating at the point, the
Suns were the highest-scoring team in the league for the fifth season
in a row, and were seeded third in the conference for the playoffs
with 54 wins. Behind solid performances by Richardson and veteran
Grant Hill , the Suns defeated the
Portland Trail Blazers 4–2 in the
first round of the playoffs, and swept the Spurs 4–0 in the second
round. The Suns met the defending champions, Los Angeles Lakers, in
the Conference Finals. After losing the first two games, Phoenix won
the next two to tie the series. A
Ron Artest buzzer-beater in Game 5
pushed the Lakers one game closer to the Finals, and
Kobe Bryant 's 37
points in Game 6 completed the defeat of the Suns.
The Suns underwent two major roster changes in the 2010–11 season .
During the pre-season, Stoudemire left for New York , while longtime
Leandro Barbosa was traded for
Hedo Türkoğlu . Josh
Hakim Warrick were also recruited to join the Suns. Not
long after the season began, Türkoğlu, Richardson, and Earl Clark
were traded to Orlando for
Vince Carter ,
Marcin Gortat , and Mickaël
Piétrus , while rising star
Goran Dragic was traded to the Houston
Rockets for Aaron Brooks . The Suns had difficulty being even a .500
team, and for the second time since Nash returned to Phoenix, the Suns
failed to make the playoffs .
In February 2012, Nash was named to his eighth
All-Star Game. At the
time, he was leading the NBA in assists per game. On 21 April 2012,
Oscar Robertson for career assists versus the Denver
Nuggets . Despite his stellar play the Suns missed the playoffs for
the second consecutive time. He finished the season averaging 12.5
points and 10.7 assists per game on 53.2% shooting from the field
(tying his career high). Near the end of the 2011–12 season , Nash
was named the winner of the PBWA 's
Magic Johnson Award .
LOS ANGELES LAKERS (2012–2015)
Nash with the Lakers
On July 11, 2012, the
Los Angeles Lakers acquired Nash in a
sign-and-trade deal with Phoenix. Nash also considered signing with
New York or Toronto, but he decided that Los Angeles was the best fit
for him and his family. Nash switched his jersey number, as his
customary No. 13 was retired by Los Angeles in honour of Wilt
Chamberlain . Nash, an avid soccer fan , chose No. 10 to pay homage
Glenn Hoddle ,
Zinedine Zidane ,
Lionel Messi and other soccer
playmakers who wore the number. Entering his 17th NBA season, Nash
came to the Lakers with concerns over his defense and the health of
In the second game of the 2012–13 season , Nash suffered a
non-displaced fracture in his left leg after a collision with Damian
Lillard of the
Portland Trail Blazers . He was expected to miss at
least one week, but was out of the lineup for close to seven weeks.
He was reunited with D'Antoni, who took over as Lakers coach after
Mike Brown was fired after a 1–4 start. On 22 December, Nash
returned against the Golden State Warriors, helping the Lakers win
their first overtime game of the season, 118–115, scoring 12 points
with 9 assists in 41 minutes of play. The Lakers won three of the
first four games after Nash returned. However, they lost their next
four, including a 125–112 loss to Houston on 8 January 2013, when
Nash assisted on an
Antawn Jamison jumper to become the fifth player
in NBA history to reach 10,000 career assists.
Kobe Bryant was moved to defend the opponent's primary ball handler,
freeing Nash from unfavourable matchups. Nash also struggled with
Dwight Howard to run the pick and roll , a play that D'Antoni had
expected would be a staple for the Lakers. D'Antoni moved Nash off
the ball and made him more of a spot-up shooter, while Bryant became
the primary facilitator on offense. Nash missed the last eight
games of the season with a right hip injury that also caused nerve
damage in his right hamstring. The team qualified for the playoffs as
the seventh seed, but were swept 4–0 by San Antonio in the first
round. Nash missed the last two games of the series after recurring
issues with his hip and hamstring. In what he called arguably "the
most frustrating" season of his career, Nash missed a career-high 32
games in the regular season, and averaged his fewest assists (6.7)
since 1999–2000, when he was a part-time starter with Dallas.
During 2013–14 season , Nash continued to suffer nerve problems
stemming from his leg injury the prior season. In November, he was
sidelined for an estimated minimum of two weeks due to nerve root
irritation. Nash returned on February 4, 2014, shooting 3-for-6 for 7
points. On February 7, 2014, his 40th birthday, he scored a
season-high 19 points in a victory over the
Philadelphia 76ers . On
March 13, Nash was ruled out for the remainder of the season by
D'Antoni. He was suffering from a recurrence of nerve problems
stemming from an earlier collision to his left leg with Chicago's Kirk
Hinrich , and the Lakers wanted to give
Kendall Marshall and Jordan
Farmar more playing time. However, Nash returned on March 21 after a
groin injury to Farmar that was expected to sideline him a minimum of
In July 2014, Nash announced that the 2014–15 season would be his
last. During the preseason, he experienced back pain, and further
aggravated his back while lifting luggage. On 23 October, less than a
week before the start of what would have been the 40-year-old Nash's
19th year in the NBA, he was ruled out for the season due to a
recurring back injury. Nash only played in three preseason games
before he started to feel more pain in his back. Nash on injuring his
back: "Being on the court this season has been my top priority, and it
is disappointing to not be able to do that right now. I work very hard
to stay healthy, and unfortunately my recent setback makes performing
at full capacity difficult. I will continue to support my team during
this period of rest and will focus on my long-term health."
RETIREMENT AND CONSULTING DUTIES
Nash announced his retirement from playing on March 21, 2015. Before
the announcement, the
Cleveland Cavaliers had said to Nash's agent
that they were interested in him as a backup for
Kyrie Irving if Nash
asked for a buyout. Nash refused it, due to both his health concerns
and wanting to retire as a Laker in gratitude for the opportunity
given by the club. Nash was later on approached by another former
team of his, the
Dallas Mavericks , to have one last season with them
instead, but he declined due to his aforementioned health concerns.
On September 25, 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, although the team fell short in the
NBA Finals to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The next season, the
Warriors would win the 2017
NBA Finals against the defending champions
Cleveland Cavaliers, giving Nash his first NBA championship in any
NATIONAL TEAM CAREER
In the early 1990s, Nash was cut from the Canadian junior national
team by head coach Ken Olynyk, father of future NBA player Kelly
Olynyk . At age 17, he was the youngest member of Team Canada at the
1991 World University Games , where the team won a silver medal.
In 1993, while in college, he played for the senior national team at
the Tournament of the Americas and competed in the
Canada Games (for
British Columbia team) and World University Games . He won a
bronze medal at the
Canada Games and won a silver medal at the World
University Games, losing to Team USA in a closely contested final,
which included players such as
Michael Finley and
Damon Stoudamire .
1999 Tournament of the Americas , Nash led Canada to the
silver medal, qualifying the team for the Olympics for the first time
in 12 years; he was named tournament MVP. Nash captained Canada at
the 2000 Sydney Olympics . He led Canada to win their round robin
group with a victory over Spain and a stunning 83–75 win over
favoured Yugoslavia when he scored 26 points with eight rebounds and
eight assists. Canada was eliminated in the quarterfinals with a
five-point loss to France and Nash left the court in tears. Nash
expressed disappointment with the result, saying "It hurts a lot. I
feel like I let everybody down. We could have been in the championship
game. We were good enough." Nevertheless, he did see a possible
silver lining, saying "Hopefully kids will be inspired to
play—that's what I really hope." A victory in its final game of the
tournament, a placement game against Russia , enabled Canada to
salvage seventh place. Nash's Olympic performance propelled him to
stardom in Canada and he finished fifth in voting for the 2000 Lionel
Conacher Award , which is handed out to the Canadian male athlete of
Nash again led Team Canada during qualifying for the 2004 Summer
Olympics at the
FIBA Americas Olympic Qualifying Tournament in San
Juan, Puerto Rico . He led the tournament in assists and was named
tournament MVP, but Canada finished fourth, missing out on the three
Olympic spots available. That was the last time Nash played for
Canada; he was reportedly upset about the firing of head coach Jay
Triano in 2004. In December 2007, he said, "In my mind right now, I'm
not going to play for Canada any more."
On May 8, 2012, Nash became General Manager of the Canadian senior
national team. Three months later, he rehired Triano as head coach.
Nash is known for his dribbling, passing, and shooting
Nash is most noted for his playmaking, ball-handling skills and
shooting. He led the league in assists for five years, averaging 11.5
assists per game in 2004–05, 10.5 in 2005–06, 11.6 in 2006–07,
11.0 in 2009–10 and 11.4 in 2010–11 and won the 2005 and 2010 NBA
All-Star Skills Contests. As of the end of 2012–13 season, he had a
90.4% career free-throw shooting average (best in NBA history) and a
42.8% career three-point shooting average (eighth-best in league
history), and ranked as one of the top 10 players in league history
in total assists, assists per game, and three-point field goals made.
In addition, he is ranked second (starting from 1986–87) in
regular season point–assist double doubles . In the 2005–06
season, Nash became the fourth player in NBA history to shoot 50% or
better from the field, 40% from three-point range (43.9), and 90% from
the line, joining
Larry Bird ,
Reggie Miller , and
Mark Price in the
50–40–90 club . Nash would repeat this feat three more times in
the 2007–08, 2008–09 and 2009–10 campaigns. Nash (four times)
Larry Bird (two times) are the only players to have accomplished
this feat more than once. A two-time
NBA MVP , Nash is only the
second point guard (along with
Magic Johnson ) to win the MVP award
multiple times and the third guard in NBA history to earn back-to-back
MVPs (joining Johnson and
Michael Jordan ). Only ten other NBA
players have won back-to-back MVP awards: Johnson, Jordan, Bill
Wilt Chamberlain ,
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ,
Moses Malone ,
Larry Bird ,
Tim Duncan ,
LeBron James , and
Stephen Curry . On 11
ESPN .com rated Nash as the 9th-best point guard of all
time, and in a survey by nba.com in 2007, Nash received 85% of the
votes by the league's general managers as best point guard in the
league. In a similar survey in 2009, Nash was rated as the best
passer of the ball and the player possessing the best basketball IQ.
Commenting on Nash losing out to former teammate
Dirk Nowitzki for the
2007 NBA MVP,
Boston Celtics centre and Hall of Famer Russell stated:
"I think, on the world stage, he's one of our great athletes in all
sports... I'm a big fan. The two MVPs he got, he deserved. Part of the
reason that he's so good and so effective is that the guys like
playing with him. He creates an atmosphere where they win games."
Nash takes a jump shot while with the Suns. He is considered one of
the best shooters in NBA history.
In terms of specific skills, Nash was particularly effective playing
the pick and roll , notably with Nowitzki when he was with the
Mavericks and later with the Suns' Amar\'e Stoudemire and Shawn Marion
. When Nash returned to Phoenix in 2004, he helped the Suns improve
from a 29–53 record in 2003–04 to 62–20 in 2004–05, reaching
the Conference Finals for the first time in 11 years, earning him his
first MVP award. The next season, he led the Suns into the Conference
Finals, despite the injuries of all three big men (Stoudemire, Kurt
Brian Grant ); further, Nash was responsible for seven of
his teammates attaining career-highs in season scoring. With Nash
operating at the point, between the 2005–06 and 2009–10 seasons,
the Suns led the league in field goal percentage.
NBA CAREER STATISTICS
Minutes per game
Field goal percentage
3-point field goal percentage
Free throw percentage
Rebounds per game
Assists per game
Steals per game
Blocks per game
Points per game
Led the league
NBA CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
NBA Most Valuable Player : 2005, 2006
NBA All-Star : 2002–2003, 2005–2008, 2010, 2012
* First team: 2005–2007
* Second team: 2008, 2010
* Third team: 2002, 2003
NBA All-Star Weekend Skills Challenge winner: 2005, 2010
* 5× NBA regular season leader for assists per game: 2005 (11.5),
2006 (10.5), 2007 (11.6), 2010 (11.0), 2011 (11.4)
* 6× NBA regular season leader for total assists: 2005 (861), 2006
(826), 2007 (884), 2010 (892), 2011 (855), 2012 (664)
* 2× NBA regular season leader for free-throw percentage: 2006
(.921), 2010 (.938)
* 7× NBA regular season leader for assists per 48 minutes: 2004
(12.6), 2005 (16.1), 2006 (14.2), 2007 (15.8), 2008 (15.5), 2010
(16.1), 2011 (16.4)
* 4× member of
50–40–90 club : (2006, 2008–2010)
* Has more 50–40–90 seasons than any other player in NBA history
* One of only seven players to have ever shot 50–40–90
* One of only two players (the other being
Larry Bird ) to have shot
50–40–90 more than once
Lou Marsh Trophy (Canadian athlete of the year): 2005
Lionel Conacher Award (Canadian male athlete of the year):
2002, 2005, 2006
J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award (NBA award for outstanding
citizenship and community service): 2007
* Highest career free throw percentage in NBA history (minimum 1200
career attempts), 90.42 percent
OFF THE COURT
Nash at the 2008 e
Talk Festival Party, during the Toronto
International Film Festival
In 2001, Nash met Alejandra Amarilla in
Manhattan . They married in
June 2005 and had twin daughters, Lola and Bella, born on October 14,
2004 and a son, Matteo, born November 12, 2010. On the day of his
son's birth, Nash made a statement to Life "> Nash contemplated a
soccer career before deciding to focus on basketball full-time.
Nash grew up playing soccer —he stated in a 2005 interview that he
could have played professionally if he had focused on it —and
continues to hold an interest in the sport. When
Dirk Nowitzki arrived
in the NBA from Germany, he and Nash became close friends, in part
because they enjoyed watching soccer together. Nash is friends with
several professional soccer players, including
Alessandro Del Piero ,
Thierry Henry ,
Owen Hargreaves ,
Massimo Ambrosini and Steve
McManaman . During his off-season, when he lives in New York City, he
has trained with the
New York Red Bulls of
Major League Soccer , and
once tried to arrange a pick-up game in the city's
Central Park with
the Red Bulls and one of his local teams.
Nash, whose father was born in the
Tottenham district of London, is a
Tottenham Hotspur supporter, and has expressed interest in
owning a minority stake in the club. "I'd like to be an owner. It's
something I could do for the rest of my life after my little window of
popularity dies", he said in an interview with
The New York Times .
Nash added, "I've been a passionate supporter all my life. My parents
are from north London and so it's not like I'm some Yank who wants to
make a profit out of football. I don't care about making money. I just
want to see Spurs succeed and, if I can help, that's great." However,
he said any participation in Spurs would come after his basketball
career is over, and he has had only "casual contact" with chairman
Daniel Levy and former director of football
Damien Comolli . Nash is
also a fan of Spain's
FC Barcelona , and Brazilian team Sport Club
Corinthians Paulista , which his former Suns teammate Leandro Barbosa
supports. When Barbosa visited Corinthians in 2007, the club gave him
a shirt with Nash's name and jersey number.
Nash had also previously made statements about his intention to bring
Major League Soccer to Vancouver as early as 2011, which he has
succeeded in doing. He joined the
Vancouver Whitecaps FC team's
ownership group in July 2008 and in March 2009, Vancouver was
officially named as a future MLS expansion city, set to join the
league in 2011. Nash occasionally attends practice for his co-owned
team, also called
Vancouver Whitecaps FC .
Nash, along with former
Yahoo! president and fellow Victoria -native
Jeff Mallett , are investors in Women\'s Professional
Soccer , a
soccer league that was launched in March 2009. Nash cited his twin
daughters and wanting to have role models for them to look up to as a
reason for supporting the league. Nash also co-hosted Showdown in
Chinatown in 2008, an 8-on-8 charity soccer game held at Sara D.
Roosevelt Park . He scored two goals in his team's 8–5 victory.
Thierry Henry ,
Jason Kidd ,
Baron Davis , and
Raja Bell and Leandro Barbosa.
In July 2013, Nash participated in a training session with the
Italian soccer club
Inter Milan at the
New York Red Bulls ' facilities
in New Jersey. He also trained with the
New York Cosmos B of the
American fourth-division National Premier
Soccer League in 2015.
On January 5, 2016, it was announced that Nash was part of a group
that purchased a $21 million stake in Spanish
Segunda División club
RCD Mallorca . The group also included
Phoenix Suns owner Robert
Sarver and Suns vice chairman
Andy Kohlberg .
Wayne Gretzky ,
Nancy Greene , and Catriona Le May Doan
participate in the lighting of the Olympic cauldron at the 2010 Winter
Nash and a
Montreal -based partner, Leonard Schlemm, opened the first
Steve Nash Sports Club in the spring of 2007 in downtown Vancouver, a
high-end, $5-million, 38,500-square-foot (3,580 m2) facility that will
mirror Nash's own fitness philosophy.
In 2007, Nash wrote and produced an 81-second commercial for Nike
titled "Training Day", directed by
Julian Schnabel 's daughter Lola,
which gained popularity as a viral video on YouTube. Nash also
started a film production company together with his cousin, filmmaker
Ezra Holland, and intends to produce independent films . The first
creative effort to come from Meathawk was a 91-second commercial,
titled "The Sixty Million Dollar Man", for Nike's eco-friendly Trash
Talk shoe, the first high-performance shoe to be made—at the behest
of the environmentally conscious Nash—from recycled materials. Nash
has worn the shoe since February 2008 but Nike produced only 5,000
pairs for sale. The ad which broke virally on
Earth Day 2008, was
written by Nash and the directors of the spot, Danny Vaia and Ezra
Holland. It is a spoof remake of the title sequence of the American
The Six Million Dollar Man
The Six Million Dollar Man and plays on Nash's
numerous on-court collisions. Amar\'e Stoudemire and
Raja Bell have
cameo appearances . Nash and Holland also co-directed the
documentary Into the Wind , about iconic Canadian athlete and activist
Terry Fox , as part of ESPN's
30 for 30 series. In October 2013, Nash
appeared in the music video for "City of Angels " by Thirty Seconds to
2010 Winter Olympics
2010 Winter Olympics held in Vancouver, Nash became the first
NBA player in Olympic history to carry the torch and light the Olympic
Nash is also known for his outspoken political views. He was an
early, public opponent of the 2003 Iraq War, wearing a custom-made
T-shirt to the 2003
NBA All Star Game that stated "No war – Shoot
for peace". Although Nash did get positive support from teammate Nick
Van Exel among others, he also drew criticism from David Robinson , a
former Naval officer and fellow NBA player as well as commentators
Skip Bayless who criticized Nash as being uninformed and advised
him to "just shut up and play". Nash has also recently been critical
SB1070 , legislation which seeks to aggressively address
illegal immigration, as he felt "the law obviously can target
opportunities for racial profiling."
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Nelly Furtado in her
Grammy-nominated 2006 chart-topper Promiscuous .
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