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Teammates turned rivals.
Mike D'Antoni's "Seven Seconds or Less" teams in Phoenix revolutionized the sport. Before then, some teams—usually fundamentally flawed teams—shot a ton of three-pointers.
Now? Almost all the good ones do.
D'Antoni's spread-out offense that used Steve Nash's impeccable understanding of space was remarkable.
With a shooter in the corner and two spaced out around the arc, Nash and Amar'e Stoudemire would adroitly run the pick and roll. The defense would have to pick its poison: let Stoudemire roll unguarded to the rim or give Nash enough room to pull up with his quick-release jumper.
On the rare occasion that a defense could thwart that attack without a third defender, Nash would dribble into an area where someone had to help guard him.
That's when it was all over.
Nash would dish to the open man and threes would rain.
It may have been due to the system that Joe Johnson was able to make so many threes, but make them he did. In 2004-05, Johnson hit more than two triples per game at a ridiculous 47.8 percent clip.
Nash didn't shoot quite as many, "only" hitting 94 of his 218 attempts on the year, but that was good for a highly accurate 43.1 percent clip.
Unfortunately, Johnson would leave to run his own team the following season. But his good-shooting ways continued for a time after he moved to the Atlanta Hawks. He wasn't as prolific as he proved to be in Phoenix, but he knocked down more than 38 percent of this long-range shots in two of his first three seasons in Atlanta.
The guy could shoot no matter the system. His percentages may have dropped after the Hawks decided to lean way too heavily on an "Iso Joe" offense, but his ability to hit open jumpers was never the problem.
As for Nash, well, he has since entered the conversation as the best shooter in NBA history.
Jerry West, Larry Bird and Reggie Miller may have some arguments, but there is no denying that Nash's name belongs alongside those Hall of Famers.