If you've read a paper, seen a magazine or even flipped by a basketball game on TV, you've probably heard the name Steve Nash. The Welsh-English, South African ex-pat, affectionately known as "Hair Canada," dominates roundball with every fast-break and pick-and-roll. But that's not it for Steve Nash. Get the Steve Nash facts, and watch his upcoming season with the proper appreciation.
Steve Nash was born in South Africa. His family moved to Victoria British Columbia, Canada, seemingly preordaining Nash to exercise his yet-unfulfilled athletic prowess in hockey or soccer-and he did. Nash spent the early years forming skills in sports other than basketball, finally finding his niche at 12 years of age. At a moderate height of six feet three inches tall, Nash satisfied his own prophecy. He told his mother during middle school, "I will be an NBA star one day," according to his biography at JockBio.
Steve Nash began high school at Mount Douglas Secondary School, but switched to St. Michaels. It was at St. Michaels where he rose to the top in basketball. During his last year, his game average was 21.3 points, 11.2 assists and 9.1 rebounds. His team made it to the British Columbia AAA championship. Nash was named Player of the Year.
Universities did not draft Nash right away, but Santa Clara's Dick Davey saw the light and offered him a scholarship. By the end of his college career in 1996, Nash was named Conference Player of the Year for the WCC (West Coast Conference Men's Basketball Tournament), was also Santa Clara's all-time leader in career assists (510), free-throw percentage (86%) and made the school's all time scoring list with the school retiring his #11 jersey-the first student to receive the honor according to Santa Clara's Press Release in September of 2006.
The Phoenix Suns
Nash was the 15th overall pick by the Phoenix Suns in the first round of the NBA Draft of 1996. Nash had less than his fair share of playing time, and the Sun's fans were not sold on a rookie they had never heard of before. Nash's friendship with Donnie Nelson, assistant coach for the Dallas Mavericks, aided his move to the Mavericks in 1998.
The Dallas Mavericks
In 1998, Nash became a top player and intimidating point guard who started all 40 games he played in with a game average of 7.9 points, 2.9 rebounds and 5.5 assists. With the Mavericks, Nash improved his stats and aided the Mavericks in gaining a playoff spot for the first time in over 10 years. In the 2002 season, Nash picked up a spot in the All-Star Game. Nash eventually became a free agent in 2004.
Back with the Suns, then on to the Lakers
Nash rejoined the Suns for the 2004/2005 season with a hefty 6 year, $63 million dollar contract. The first year saw the Suns with an NBA record of 62-20 and an average points per game of 110.4-breaking the previous decade-old record. In 2012, he was named to his eighth All-Star Game with the lead in assists. His season averages were 12.5 points, 10.7 assists and a three-point percentage of 53.2 for the year. The Los Angeles Lakers acquired Nash by a trade with Phoenix. After joining the Lakers, Nash changed his jersey number, which was #13 at the time, and switched to #10 in honor of soccer standouts Glenn Hoddle and Zinedine Zidane, according to Sports Illustrated.
The future for Nash
The future looks mighty bright for Steve Nash of the Lakers. Not only is he living in one of the greatest cities in the US, he has garnered a three-year $27 million contract and is playing alongside other greats like Kobe Bryant. The Lakers luck out with an NBA leader in three-pointers, assists, pick-and-roll running and a incredibly accurate jump shot.