NBA All-Star Game 2012: Why Steve Nash Is One of the Greatest Point Guards Ever

Matthew Stone@@mattstone13Contributor IIFebruary 22, 2012

PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 30:  Steve Nash #13 of the Phoenix Suns handles the ball during the NBA game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at US Airways Center on March 30, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Thunder defeated the Suns 116-98. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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I'm done hearing about Rajon Rondo, Chris Paul, Deron Williams and Kyrie Irving.

I'm done hearing about how Rondo is so elusive, Paul is a MVP candidate, Williams is dominating at Madison Square Garden and that Irving is one of the most promising young players in the NBA.

All of this is true—but, let's not forget the man who is the model of consistency—Steve Nash.

Nash is the last of a nearly dead breed. There was Maravich, then Magic, and then Stockton, then Kidd, and many other greats who have quarterbacked their teams to NBA titles, impressive regular season win marks, and have garnered a plethora of individual awards—but Nash stands in a elite class.

Nash—the two-time MVP , Nash—the court-savvy veteran who at 38 is still giving the Phoenix Suns a chance to compete in every game, and despite inferior talent is one of the greats to ever grace the position.

The 6'3", Canadian born "soccer playing" Nash who received just one D1 scholarship has mastered the art of the pick-and-roll and currently stands sixth on the all-time assist record ahead of legends such as Isiah Thomas, Nate Archibald, Gary Payton and Rod Strickland.

However, what makes Nash elite is that he has put up gaudy numbers with weak talent for most of his career in Phoenix. Although Phoenix was a perennial contender with All-Stars such as Amare Stoudemire and Shawn Marion, it was Nash who made them great.

This season alone, Nash has averaged 14 points a game and a not too shabby NBA-leading 11 assists with guys such as Jared Dudley, Marcin Gortat and a aged Grant hill.

Nobody else in the NBA could put up numbers like that with a futile roster such as Phoenix.

Since the 2000-2001 Season, Nash's worst statistical season came in 2008-2009 when Nash averaged 15 points and nine assists. And at 38, he shows no signs of wear-and-tear.

The veteran has class, too. Nash has selflessly not asked to be traded by the Suns organization and seems currently content retiring in the Purple and Orange.

The nine-time All-Star may end up being the all-time field goal percentage leader and has a shot to become the all-time record holder of free-throw career percentage.

Nash's contribution to the NBA will never be forgotten. He serves as a great role model for children and aspiring basketball players.

But, who knows?

Maybe the old Canadian will get dealt to a contender and get the one thing he deserves most—a ring.

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