Steve Nash Retires – Leaving His Fingerprints All Over Today’s NBA Game

By Tamberlyn Richardson
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The 50-40-90 Man:

This season pundits have cited the incredible roll Atlanta Hawk Kyle Korver is on pointing to the unprecedented 50-40-90 mark he chases. This benchmark refers to shooting 50% from the field, 40% from three and 90% from the free throw line. The NBA introduced the three-point field goal in the 1979–80 season. In those 35 years only 6 players have ever achieved those stats for a season: Steve Nash, Larry Bird, Mark Price, Reggie Miller, Dirk Nowitzki, and Kevin Durant. Of those six players only Larry Bird has done it twice, Nash did it FOUR times.

With that I give you something to ponder – Steve Nash’s career averages are: 49% from the field, 42.8% from three and 90.4% from the free throw line. In other words, Nash was 1% shy in his field goal percent from being a career 50 – 40 – 90 man!  Now that is impressive.

The Achievements:

  • Back to back Most Valuable Player Award Winner (2005, 2006)
  • Eight-time NBA All Star
  • Third All Time in NBA Assists with 10,335 (John Stockton, Jason Kidd)
  • Player of the week (8 times)
  • Player of the month (3 times)
  • 2004 Lou Marsh Award Winner (Canada’s Top Athlete)
  • Tenth All Time for assists per game career average: 8.5
  • Tenth All Time for offensive rating: 118.2
  • All NBA Team: first team: 3 times, second team: 2 times and third team: 2 times
  • Third All Time in assist percentage: 41.5%
  • Number One All Time in Free Throw Percent: 90.4%

Team Nash Offense:

Nash’s teams had the HIGHEST OFFENSIVE RATING FOR NINE CONSECUTIVE SEASONS (2002-2010 with the Mavericks and Suns)

Depending on what you value more: individual performance of team performance will skew how you feel about this accomplishment. Given Nash is all about the team I personally feel this particular team accomplishment is more impressive than his 50-40-90 shooting efficiency or winning MVP trophies (which is what received the highest vote percentage on the NBA poll).

Putting this in perspective is mind boggling considering that would mean Steph Curry would need to do what he’s doing this season for the next 8 seasons in a row to tie Steve Nash!

Analysts have crunched the numbers with my personal favorites being:

The Top 20 Offenses of All time by Adam Fromal of Bleacher Report: Fromal puts 6 of Nash’s teams in the top 12 and his teams also take the top three spots in this debate.

Andrew Lynch of Hardwood Paroxysm ranks the top 5 offenses of all time with Nash led teams taking the top 3 spots.

I think if you asked Nash about all his accomplishments, he’d rank this first simply because it’s about the team!

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