Steve Nash: 7 Reasons He's the Perfect Man for the New-Look New York Knicks
Unfortunately, they weren’t able to land him back when they still had Mike D’Antoni as head coach, and it doesn’t appear they will be able to get him now either.
According to Jared Zwerling of ESPN New York, Nash is not interested in teaming up with Amar’e Stoudemire once again with the NYK.
This is certainly a mistake for Nash, who is still chasing that ring after falling short for 15 seasons.
Here are seven reasons why Nash is the perfect man for the new-look New York Knicks.
He Plays Pass First
The Knicks have so many scoring weapons, most notably Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire, but lack the point guard who can get them the ball in efficient scoring positions.
We saw glimpses of that last season with Jeremy Lin, but that only lasted for 26 games.
As Nash has gotten older, his passing has gotten stronger. For his career, Nash averages 8.6 assists per game, but when you just look at the last eight seasons, that number jumps to 10.9.
The Knicks haven’t had a point guard average double-digit assists in over a decade. That needs to change for the Knicks to be successful going forward.
He Has Plenty of Playoff Experience
Steve Nash has completed 15 seasons in the NBA, reaching the playoffs in 11 of them.
He has played in a total of 118 playoff games, starting in 111 of them. That’s more playoff appearances than Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire combined.
Nash has seen almost everything the playoffs have to offer, from first-round exits to extremely physical conference championships.
He will be the great playoff leader the Knicks need.
He Can Still Shoot the Ball Extremely Well
In a previous slide, I discussed Nash’s excellent passing, but you can’t forget about his incredible shooting either.
Only five players in NBA history are members of the 50-40-90 Club, which means they shot over 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from three and 90 percent from the free-throw line in a season.
Only two players have put up those numbers more than once. Nash has done it four times, more than any other player in NBA history.
Just last season Nash shot the best field-goal percentage of his career, .532 percent, and it doesn’t appear that percentage will drop anytime soon.
He Has Been Extremely Successful with Amar’e Stoudemire in the Past
Amar’e Stoudemire thrived while playing along side Steve Nash for the first eight seasons of his career. He averaged 21.4 points per game with Nash, excluding the 2005-06 season when he only played in three games.
He has been very open about his desire for the Knicks to reunite him with his former teammate, telling The Daily News:
“Everyone knows that Steve loves New York and that New York loves Steve,” Stoudemire told The Daily News. “I love Steve. It would be great to have him here next year.”
If your stars want a certain player who happens to be an All-Star, it’s usually a good idea to go try and get him.
He Is Great at Running the Pick and Roll Offense
Last season the Knicks looked rejuvenated when Jeremy Lin took over the starting point guard role and utilized the pick and roll offense.
No one is more lethal at running this style than Steve Nash.
He is always a threat when in the pick and roll since he excels with both his passing and shooting.
The San Antonio Spurs, who have won 31 of their last 33 games, run the pick-and-roll offense better than any other team in the league. If the Knicks can model their pick-and-roll offense with Nash after the Spurs offense, they can be just as dominant on the offensive end.
He Leads by Example
Not only is Nash a league leader in many statistics on the court, but he is also a great team leader off the court as well. It is always important for any team to see the best player on the team working harder than everyone else and leading by example.
Former Suns GM Steve Kerr had this to say about Steve Nash’s leadership:
“Steve always makes the best of whatever's there…I do feel bad that more than likely Steve will never win a championship because there's not a player or an athlete on Earth who deserves it more than him because of just…the work ethic, the constant commitment to excellence. The guy is probably the most amazing athlete I've ever seen in my life, just with his preparation every day.”
Nash and new head coach Mike Woodson will certainly keep this team disciplined and have them playing its best basketball all season long.
He Wants a Ring More Than Anything
Steve Nash’s Career Honors and Awards
2-time NBA MVP
8-time NBA All-Star
7-time All-NBA selection
5-time NBA regular season leader in assists
0 NBA Finals appearances
If I had to guess, Nash would trade all of those honors and awards for an NBA title.
Combing Nash’s determination to reach the finals with the Knicks’ talent must equal a deep playoff run next season.