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Nash is one of the most efficient shooters in the NBA, and he doesn’t have to do his damage from the vicinity of the rim in order to be effective.
The Lakers will dare guys to double-team Kobe Bryant or Dwight Howard and let those guys kick it out to Nash so he can bang in three after three.
At the same time, if too much attention is paid to Nash as a scoring threat, he’ll be more than happy to delegate buckets to other guys on the floor.
He’s a serious candidate to lead the league in assists per game, but the Lakers have championship aspirations. They’re aware of the age of their new-found point guard (38) and will likely play him accordingly.
He averaged 10.7 assists in 31.2 minutes per game in Phoenix last season.
In an effort to keep him fresh, L.A. may not use Nash as extensively as some of the younger legs at the point guard position will see the floor this season.
He’ll also probably take a night off here and there—remember, he’s leaving a legendary training staff in Phoenix, and he did that there, too.
It’s probably best not to draft Nash—instead looking in the direction of guys like Russell Westbrook—and look to trade for him in late November or early December after whatever growing pains he has with the Lakers begin to subside.