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Nash Nostalgia

It was on February 7, 1974, in South Africa, that Stephen John Nash would be born. Little would we know this day would be the day that we would welcome to the world, one of the best point guards in NBA history.

Nash would end up moving and growing up in British Columbia, where he wasn’t just the basketball star, but was also a soccer star and played hockey as well. However, Nash didn’t start playing basketball until the age of 12, but when you would watch him play, you would think he had been playing since the moment he took his first steps.

During Nash’s senior year of high school, he led his team to a British Columbia AAA provincial title as he was awarded MVP of the province, averaging  21.3 points, 11.2 assists, and 9.1 rebounds.

While Nash was a tremendous player, it wasn’t all smooth sailing for the

Santa Clara Head Coach Dick Davey.

Santa Clara Head Coach Dick Davey.

superstar point guard. Footage of Nash had been sent to 30 American colleges, yet none were interested in him. That was until Santa Clara head coach, Dick Davey, saw Nash’s capabilities and decided to give him a shot, joining Santa Clara for the 1992-1993 season.

During that season, Nash led his team to the NCAA Tournament, where they would eventually upset No. 2 Arizona in the first round. Nash would finish his collegiate career at Santa Clara as the team’s all-time leader in assists.

Santa Clara's Steve Nash in their upset win over #2 Arizona.

Santa Clara’s Steve Nash in their upset win over #2 Arizona.

The 1996 Draft is where Nash’s historic NBA career would begin, as he was selected 15th overall by the Phoenix Suns, much to the dismay of several Suns fans. Little did the fans know how lucky they were to draft the Canadian superstar, as he would go on to play with the team in two separate stints, 1996-1998 and from 2004-2012, in which he would win back-to-back MVP awards during the 2005 and 2006 season. Nash would also go on to play with the Dallas Mavericks from 1998-2004, and is currently with the Los Angeles Lakers, despite dealing with several injuries.

Throughout his NBA career, Nash has had many memorable moments. Whether it be the 2005 Western conference semi-finals, in which Nash was with the Suns and would go on to demolish his former team, the Mavericks, beating them in the series 4 games to 2, as he averaged 30.3 points, 12 assists, 6.5 rebounds, and 1 steal in the series. Perhaps it was his toughness that made him so memorable. Just look at Game 1 of the Western Conference semis, as Nash would play through a disfigured, bloody nose, ending the game with 31 points and 8 assists on 61 percent shooting.

Nash plays through a bad nose injury.

Nash plays through a bad nose injury.

No matter which way you look at it, the two-time MVP was an outstanding player, and if more than 17,000 points, 10,000 assists, and 38,000 minutes over the span of 18 years and 1,200 games isn’t enough to convince you, then you might want to reexamine your definition of “outstanding.” With that being said, thank you Steve Nash, for allowing us to witness one of the best point guards to ever play the game. Happy Birthday.

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