Steve Nash: The Most Overrated Player In the NBA

Steven ResnickSenior Writer IJuly 31, 2008

I've never got the love that Steve Nash gets from fans. He is by far one of the most overrated players in NBA history. Right now he is the most overrated player in the league.

Now people love his offensive game. I get it, who doesn't want to see a lot of points and teams going up and down the court? Yes, Nash has the ability to make fancy passes that make Sports Center Top 10 night in and night out, but let's look at Nash's game as a whole.

The few positives of Nash are that he has great vision of the court when no one is guarding him. He can spot the open man pretty much in his sleep. Nash is great shooter, there's no doubt about that, if you leave him wide open he'll hit that jumper. Nash can hit free throws too, seeing how he's a 90 plus percent shooter from the line.

Now on to the negatives. People tend to believe that he's a great ball handler, but he's not. Most of these assists that you see on highlight reels are from either set plays on an alley oop or in the open court when a team's defense is not set up. This is when Nash can hit that homerun pass with ease.

However, once you put pressure on him he struggles. Seeing how Nash averaged 3.6 turnovers a game last year compared to Deron Williams' 3.3 turnovers per game, Baron Davis' 2.8 turnovers per game, and Chris Paul's 2.5 turnovers per game.

Lastly, the biggest flaw in Steve Nash's game is his defense. He doesn't play a lick of it. I doubt he even knows what defense is. He only averaged .7 steals per game last year. Baron Davis was at 2.3 steals per game, Chris Paul was at 2.7 steals per game, and Deron Williams was at 1.1 steals per game. 

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Nash has the ability to let the mediocre point guards look like superstars when he tries to play them defensively. Just look at the picture above, you know what Nash is saying to Barbosa, he's saying, "My bad, I didn't mean to let Mike Conley Jr. blow by me."

Nash proves time and time again that he doesn't belong in the top point guard category. I mean if I had a kid, I would make sure he watches Chris Paul, Baron Davis, and Deron Williams to see how to play. Those are the point guards who games should be modeled after, not Nash. Nash is flashy, but he is not a solid player.