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Lakers News: Steve Nash Ranks 54th In SI’s Top 100 Players

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Steve Nash had perhaps the worst statistical season of his career last season, but was only two made shots away from reaching the 50-40-90 club once again.  In his first season with the Lakers, injuries plagued the 39-year-old as he suffered a non-displaced fracture in his left leg after a collision with Damian Lillard in the second game of the season. Nash would return in December, but was never fully recovered.

With a new season, Nash is expected to be completely healthy from all his injuries, and the former two-time Most Valuable Player will look to redeem himself. Although he will turn 40 in February, Rob Mahoney of Sports Illustrated ranked Nash 54th in their Top 100 NBA Players of 2014:

“He’s still an excellent shooter and passer with arguably the best feel for offense in the league. That level of vision — and the corresponding ability to elevate an offense — doesn’t fade overnight.”

Since Nash wasn’t completely healthy last season, he became more of a spot-up shooter as Kobe Bryant was more of a playmaker for the Lakers. While it took some time, Nash played extremely well in his role and helped the Lakers make the playoffs after a 17-25 start.

This upcoming season, Nash will likely return as the team’s main playmaker. While he shouldn’t be expected to orchestrate the offense as much as he did in Phoenix, Nash’s ability to provide easy shots for his teammates will be crucial as the Lakers look to exceed expectations.

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  • Paytc

    I like the point that Dan is clarifying for those that don’t know…… Kobe Bryant only took over the playmaking role because Steve Nash wasn’t healthy… not because it had to be Kobe running the offense.There are a few Nash fans who seemed to mistakenly have it twisted. Kobe would have loved to have played with a healthy Nash running the floor. Fortunately Kobe is talented enough to be called upon to not only score and defend… but run the offense if needed. We should appreciate him for that not place any jealousy based blame on him.

    I am sure Kobe is hoping Steve Nash can play well enough to be considered in the top 10 not number 54. I think the Laker fans are looking forward to the same. I want to see less finger pointing and more appreciation for every player that gives us his all out effort.Let the haters in the media be the only doubters wishing Kobe,Nash,Gasol,and the Lakers the worst.

    • hookedonnews

      That is not the reason Kobe took over the playmaking. They were losing with him taking 25/30 shots a game. He knew something had to change, and he just decided to take over facilitating. If Nash had been 100% it would have been no different. Nash will never be allowed to control the team like he did in Phoenix, and he will not try to because he defers to Kobe. I think the team would be better if they simply played within D’Antoni’s system. Kobe would still be given the ball in the 4th quarter if necessary and would undoubtedly still be the top scorer on the team. I guess we’ll just have to see how it plays out this season.

  • richard

    I think, #54 is just about right for Nash… there are 30 teams in the NBA.. if each of these teams have 1 primary player… then Nash being at #54 is deemed good for a second option in LAL.

  • http://www.ecodrivecn.com/ Jil

    Hope Nash will return this season!

    • richard

      he is absolutely returning…

  • richard

    AGree… i don’t think Kobe has it in him, yet, to step back… he is too good and too competitive to do that even at this stage of his career. I have not seen his game dipped considerably. There may be a little bit of slowing in his first step… but not to the extent that his game is affected.

    And I have no illusion of the Lakers winning a championship with Nash and Gasol, without the Mamba… that is just plain stupid even to think of it happening. They are not alpha players, they need a Kobe type of player to win in the championship rounds. There are only 3 players, in the current NBA that commands such a status… Kobe, Tim, and LBJ… Durant is not yet there, and those other guys you mentioned are not yet there, IMO. They may get there, but not yet.

    I am surprised you included Nate Robinson on that list… He is at best journey man… Paul George might get a ring before Griffin,Durant, Westbrook,Curry,Iguodala, Zach Randolph,Mike Conley,Nate Robinson, Ty Lawson,Damian Lillard,Lamarcus Aldridge,and even D12 and Harden.

    • richard

      this comment was in reply to another comment which was deleted… i am not sure what was the reason behind it being deleted….

  • hookedonnews

    There are not 53 players in the NBA better than Steve Nash.

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