Underrated Steve Nash Will Quietly Lead Phoenix to the Top

Elmer CrisostomoCorrespondent IJuly 31, 2008

Not so many NBA players, past and present, can easily win a back-to-back regular season MVP awards, not even the highly fancied LeBron James (with all the hype, he still has to win one) nor the little scoring machine Allen Iverson. So, when the likes of the underrated Steve Nash does, it doesn't create much noise.

Started as a third-string point guard in Phoenix many years ago, Steve didn't show any sign that he would be the legitimate NBA superstar that he is today. He slowly worked his way to the top with his deep understanding of the game and his passion for revolutionizing it.

A former soccer player, he has one of the most effective ball control in the league and his knack for looking for the open man is one of most point guards' envies.

One greatness he has easily accomplished is his ability to make his teammates better. Dirk Nowitzki couldn't have been the player he is today had not for having Nash as his teammate. When Amare Stoudemire returned from injury, his road to getting his old form was made easy by Steve's feeds.

Many players like Raja Bell emerged in NBA fans' consciousness thanks to the two-time MVP's quarterbacking.

Although this future hall-of-famer has yet to win a championship ring, he will surely win one before his playing days are over. It's just a matter of finding the right mix. They should contend this year as the Shaq factor is expected to sink in.

Steve Nash's Phoenix Suns will stop the Boston Celtics from winning their 18th banner.