Born: Feb 7, 1974
Height: 6’3″ / 1.91 m
Weight: 195 lbs / 88 kg
Current Team: Los Angeles Lakers, NBA
Hometown: Victoria, Canada
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Steve Nash was born February 7, 1974, in Johannesburg , South Africa . After two years in South Africa , the Nash family immigrated to Canada . The family played a variety of sports including soccer, hockey, lacrosse and tennis while growing up on Vancouver Island . Steve would later go on to attend Santa Clara University , where he was twice named West Coast Conference Player of the Year and led the Broncos to 3 NCAA Tournament appearances in 4 years.
In 1996 he was drafted by the Phoenix Suns as the 15th pick overall. After playing sparingly behind Jason Kidd and Kevin Johnson in Phoenix , Steve was traded to the Dallas Mavericks after just two years. While in Dallas , Steve became an instrumental part in turning the tide for a dismal Mavericks franchise. Behind Steve’s emergence as a starting point guard and leader, the Mavericks became one of the perennial powerhouses of the NBA. After six strong seasons in Dallas, Steve opted to re-sign with the Suns, bringing his career back to the Valley of the Sun.
Since his return to Phoenix , Steve has emerged as the premier point guard in the NBA. Standing at 6’3” tall, he has the keen ability to drive inside to the basket, creating plays on the fly, and is a master of the fast break. His ability to quickly dish the ball to teammates led him to a career high average of 9.7 assists per game in 2008-2009. He is virtually flawless at the free-throw line shooting an uncanny 93 percent from the stripe this season. As a result of his unquestioned skills and his on the court leadership, Steve has earned two straight NBA MVP Awards, putting him in a class with other NBA greats.
When he’s not penetrating defenses on the hardwood, Steve is an active member of his multiple communities. Through the Steve Nash Foundation (stevenash.org), Steve assists underserved children in Arizona, Canada, Paraguay and Uganda, increasing access to health and education resources. In Canada, Steve Nash Youth Basketball is the national grassroots development model, reaching more than 19,000 kids in every province and territory. Steve’s dedication to philanthropy has made him an MVP both on and off the court.
NBA Pacific Division Champion -05, 06, 07
NBA Played of the Year -05
All-NBA Player of the Year -06
All-NBA 1st Team -05, 06, 07
All-NBA 2nd Team -08, 10