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Feb 7, 2012; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash (13) during the game against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center. The Suns defeated the Bucks 107-105. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

Steve Nash Appreciation Day

It’s Steve Nash’s birthday and today (when else?) is a day that we should use to show our love to the Suns point guard. I’ve already been tweeting a lot of Steve Nash facts, but I’ll be compiling them with updates in this post throughout the day. For now, a few notes:

It’s Very Very Likely Steve Nash is the Best Shooter of All Time

Steve Nash has a record 4 50/40/90 seasons. That means that 5 times he managed to shoot over 50% from the field, 40% from deep and 90% from the free throw line. Another 2 seasons were very close calls.  By comparison, there were only 5 other non-Nash 50/40/90 seasons, including 2 by Larry Bird. Can we just name this the Steve Nash club? Please?

Additionally, Nash’s shot-creating ability is unlike any other you’ll ever see. Not only does he create for others, but he creates for himself. HoopData.Com holds a database of the percentage of assisted field goals players score on going way back to 2007. His largest ast%? 23%. His smallest? 11%, and that was the season the Suns went to the Western Conference Finals. As a 36 year old, Nash managed to create his own shot 89% of the time. I mean… This is madness.

Meanwhile, Ray Allen wasn’t below 50% assisted since 2007. I mean… That’s just crazy.

Steve is 38 years old and…

Leads all guards in FG%, leads all players in assists, is fifth in FG% (among the trees, if you will), and he’s also the only guard in the NBA averaging a double double.

That, and on the eve of his 38th birthday, Nash had a vintage 24 point, 11 assist performance while shooting 9 out of 12 from the field and nailing all 4 attempted threes.

UPDATE:
Steve Nash is also 3rd in PER among point guards behind Chris Paul and Derrick Rose.

And a twitter follower of mine also sent me a nice little link to a very long defence of Steve Nash’s talents written last month on Full Court Pest. I’d probably be the one writing that one day, had I not been a lazy incompetent bum. Either way, both parts are great and insanely detailed, and they just go to show how great of a player Nash really is. Boom!

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