Thursday, May 13, 2010

Steve Nash--the Savior of Suns



He is not so tall to get the rebound,he also have no enough power to hit against other players,he have perfect mentality even though he has bad physical quality.I am a fan of him,even he is getting older and older,he is still No. 1 in my mind.

Steve Nash ,the leader of Phoenix Suns—NBA jersey no.13,the only four MVP who is not American,be charged to Suns in 2003,and before he came ,Suns have a very poor basketball competition,and from then on,the Suns enjoyed a high repetition in NBA League.

We can recall when Steve Nash was a rookie with the Suns and still exploring his first bad hairstyle, when he was eliciting comparisons to Utah's future Hall of Famer, John Stockton.

Nash didn't like the comparisons, which were predictable because both were small white point guards from the same conference drafted with little fanfare in the middle of the first round.

Nash even made a point of seeking Stockton out after the first game he played against the Jazz to apologize for the comparisons and assure Stockton he wasn't making them.

We bring this up because we want to apologize in advance for bringing up a Stockton comparison again.

Come to think of it, Stockton might want to apologize, too.

We'll all feel better.

Anyway, the Suns point guard celebrated his 36th birthday Sunday and is playing at as high of a level as ever.

That is simply unheard of in the NBA, particularly for guards and most especially for small guards.

Stockton retired at 41 and is one of the few small guards who continued to play at a high level into his 30s.

But even Stockton pales - sorry - in comparison with Nash.

Using his age at the start of each season as the measure, Nash averaged 12.4 points and 6 assists per game before age 30. Since then, he has averaged 17.2points and 10.9 assists per game.

Stockton, like Nash, increased his scoring average after 30 - from 12.8 points a game to 13.2, but his assists went down from 11.2 per game before 30 to 9.9 after 30.

And the drop-off after 34, like most guards, is sharp for Stockton. He averaged 14.4 points and 10.5 assists up to that point in his career. From 34 on he averaged 11.9 points and 8.2 assists.

At 35, which is where Nash started this season, Stockton averaged 12 points and 8.5 assists.

Nash is posting 18.4 points and 11.1 assists this season.

That's just nuts; plus fruits and vegetables, evidently.

Of course, Stockton's minutes went down later in his career, and Nash's have remained consistent. But they've remained consistent because his production hasn't slipped.

The history of the NBA is littered with guards who hit the wall at or before 34 and soon were out of the league.

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