Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash announced his retirement early Saturday afternoon, and it's only a matter of time until he finds himself in the Hall Of Fame. Here are the 10 best moments from the career of one of the NBA's best point guards ever:
6) Making The Assist "Cool"
Nash made his mark in the years following Michael Jordan and rivaled Kobe Bryant, both of whom focused the game on how many points they could score. Nash was the polar opposite, inventing new ways to pass the ball, capturing the imagination of fans.
5) 2010 Playoff Run
The 36-year-old Nash was thought to be on the last legs of his career when he proved otherwise, leading the Suns on a miraculous run to the Western Conference Finals before losing to the Lakers.
4) Bloody Nose vs. Spurs
In a game that perfectly embodied his toughness, Nash scored 31 points and dropped eight assists while playing with a broken, bloody nose in Game 1 of the 2007 Western Conference semifinals against the Spurs.
3) 23 Assists vs. Lakers
His career-high propelled the Suns past the Lakers, giving them a 3-1 series lead of the Lakers in the first round of the 2007 playoffs.
2) Back-to-Back MVPs
Nash's greatest individual accomplishment, his back-to-back MVPs in 2005 and 2006 represent the way his Phoenix Suns team changed the NBA, utilizing pick-and-rolls, ball movement, and corner three-pointers to form the most potent offense the league has ever seen.
1) Santa Clara Upsets Arizona
This game officially put Steve Nash on the map in the eyes of basketball fans. His stunning play led 15-seed Santa Clara to an upset with over 2-seed Arizona, marking just the second time a 15-seed had won an NCAA Tournament game.
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