Suns to induct Nash into Ring of Honor
The Phoenix Suns will induct their former two-time MVP point guard into the Ring of Honor on October 30th of this year. It will be the second game of the 2015-16 season. While Nash’s career has arguably been over for a while now, his retirement was only made official at the end of last season. The Suns are wasting no time in getting his name in the rafters, and rightfully so. Since being traded to the Lakers (at his request) in 2012, Steve Nash battled several injuries and just did not have the physical capabilities he once had. Coming from a Suns fan it would have been nice to see him get to the Finals once, even if it had to be in a Laker uniform. None of that takes away from the fact that he is one of the best point guards in NBA history.
His career stats are 14.3 ppg, 8.5 apg, 3.0 rpg. His last two seasons in L.A. no doubt brought those numbers down, but his previous eight seasons in Phoenix he averaged double digits in assists all but one year, where he averaged 9.7. Nash is also number three on the all-time assists list, below John Stockton, Jason Kidd, and just one assist above Mark Jackson. What is not on a stat sheet is that Steve Nash made Phoenix Suns basketball fun again. When he signed with the Suns in 2004 as a free agent, no one imagined the run and gun style of play we as fans would get to witness for almost eight years. Not since the Barkley years was there a feel of excitement for Suns games. He made everyone around him better, and even fans of other teams had to respect that. A lot was made about his lack of defensive talent, hey when you’re good at everything else critics will find the one thing you don’t do well and bring it up every time. I will say this though, Nash led the league in charges taken more than once and I think that is an aspect of defense that gets overlooked. For all the criticism Suns owner Robert Sarver takes, I don’t think anyone will argue he deserves credit for signing Nash. I am also sure no one will argue putting him in the Ring of Honor. I was fortunate enough to see Kevin Johnson be inducted in person, and I sure hope I get to be there on October 30th.
Kevin McQuade covers the Phoenix Suns for MFST, you can follow him on twitter @kmcquade9.