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Steve Nash

Steve Nash
Nash with the Suns
NameSteve Nash
CaptionNash with the Suns
Height Ft6
Height In3
Weight Lb178
PositionPoint guard
Birth Date7 February 1974(age 42)
Birth PlaceJohannesburg, South Africa
TeamPhoenix Suns
Number13
CollegeSanta Clara University
NationalityCanadian, British
Draft Round1
Draft Pick15
Draft TeamPhoenix Suns
Draft Year1996
Career Start1996
Years1   |team1=Phoenix Suns
Years2   |team2=Dallas Mavericks
Years3  present|team3=Phoenix Suns
Highlights *2× NBA Most Valuable Player (   ) *7× NBA All-Star (   ,    ,  ) *3× All-NBA First Team (   ) *2× All-NBA Second Team ( ,  ) *2× All-NBA Third Team (   ) *2× Skills Challenge Champion ( ,  ) *J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award ( ) *Lou Marsh Trophy (2004) *3× Lionel Conacher Award (2002, 2005 2006)

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Stephen John "Steve" Nash, OC, OBC (born 7 February 1974) is a Canadian professional basketball player who plays point guard for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Nash enjoyed a successful high-school basketball career, and he was eventually given a scholarship by Santa Clara University. In his four seasons with the Broncos, the team made three NCAA Tournament appearances, and Nash was twice named the West Coast Conference Player of the Year.

After graduating from Santa Clara as the team's all-time leader in assists, Nash entered the 1996 NBA Draft and was selected as the 15th pick by the Phoenix Suns. He made a minimal impact, and was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in 1998. By his third season with the Mavericks, he was voted into his first NBA All-Star Game and had earned his first All-NBA selection. Together with Dirk Nowitzki and Michael Finley, Nash led the Mavericks to the Western Conference Finals the following season. However, he became a free agent after the and returned to the Phoenix Suns.

In the , Nash led the Suns to the Western Conference Finals, and was named the league's Most Valuable Player (MVP). He was named MVP again in the , and missed out on a third consecutive MVP title to Nowitzki the next season. Named by ESPN in 2006 as the ninth greatest point guard of all time, Nash has led the league in assists and free-throw percentage at various points in his career. He is also ranked as one of the top players in NBA league history for three-point shooting, free-throw shooting, total assists and assists per game.

Nash has been honoured for his contributions to various philanthropic causes. In 2006, he was named by Time as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. He also received the Order of Canada in 2007, and was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws by the University of Victoria in 2008.


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