Can Steve Nash Have His Best Season This Year With The Lakers?
Steve Nash was traded earlier this summer to the Los Angeles Lakers, an unprecedented move for the longtime Phoenix Sun. But, there is reason to believe that, with superstar teammates like Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant, Nash can have one of the best seasons in his already amazing career.
Last season with the Suns, Steve Nash averaged 10.7 assists per game, second only to Rajon Rondo's 11.9. Despite their 12 year age difference, Nash led the statistical category for most of the year, but, slowed down towards the end of the season, due to the wear and tear of the condensed schedule.
While Rondo was playing alongside the original 'Big 3,' of Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Paul Pierce, who are all NBA champions, have been to the All-Star game, and, in Garnett's case, multiple MVP winners, Nash was playing with second and third rate players. Nash's teammates, Marcin Gortat, Jared Dudley, and Grant Hill, combined to average 38 points per game. Comparatively, the Big 3 averaged almost 50 points per contest. Even with less talented players, Nash managed to have an outstanding team statistically.
Steve Nash is now teamed up with some of the NBA's elite, all of whom don't have any trouble scoring the ball. Last year, Kobe Bryant finishing second in the league with 27.9, Dwight Howard with 20.4 and Pau Gasol with just 17.4; totaling around 65. However, keep in mind both Kobe and Dwight were both the first scoring options and Pau respectably third behind Bynum and Kobe. Presumably, all three will score less than those averages since all of them need to share the ball.
Nash still has the ability to play at an All-Star level. Last season, he became one of the only players besides Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan and Karl Malone to make the All-Star team at age 38 or older. Steve Nash also was just short of achieving another astonishing feat last season in joining the 50-40-90, which is when a player averages 50% field goal percentage, 40% three point percentage and 90% from the free throw line. His averages from last year was 52-39-89, and the 52 percent from the field tied a career high.
In the 2004-2005 NBA season, Nash averaged 15.5 points while dishing out 11.5 assists per game to win his first MVP. Then again, in the '05-'06 he followed up with another MVP season with 18.8 ppg and 10.5 apg. In both of his MVP years, he was never surrounded by the number of elite players that the Lakers. At 38 years old, Nash is continually proving that age is nothing but a number, and, with a clean bill of health, Steve Nash can be one of best player in the league.
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