Starter: Steve Nash – 185 games: 14.0p/2.9r/11.0a
Reserve: Ricky Rubio – 22 games: 13.1p/4.8r/9.5a
Right off the bat, the All-Decade team is off to a great start because they have a Hall of Famer heading up the offense.
Steve Nash is easily the best point guard of the last decade, and arguably the best point guard in franchise-history.
Okay, it’s not even arguable. There is no doubt.
By the start of the 2010’s, Nash was still highly productive, although on the down-side of his career.
However, not only did he still have a lot left to offer in the final three season with the Suns (including the Western Conference playoff run in 2010), but and had the team more properly replaced Amar’e Stoudemire and Shawn Marion, then maybe he not only could have led the franchise to more success, but also finished his career here, rather than in L.A.
While both were solid point guards, neither ever reached the level that either Nash or now even Ricky Rubio has ascended to.
Rubio is putting up Nash-like numbers (minus the heinous 3-point shooting percentage – seriously? Why can’t he fix his shot?) and is able to run this team’s offense in spectacular fashion.
He may very well average a double-double by the end of the season, and his 9.5 assists per game that he is currently averaging has only been reached by Nash, Jason Kidd, and Kevin Johnson, in franchise-history.
Steve Nash absolutely started this decade off right, and Ricky Rubio is undoubtedly finishing it up in similar fashion.