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Personal Info
  • Two-time NBA MVP (2004-05, 2005-06)
  • Eight-time NBA All-Star, two-time starter (2006, 2010)
  • Three-time All-NBA First Team selection (2005, 2006, 2007)
  • Second Team selection in 2008
  • Third Team selection in 2002 and 2003
  • Three-time NBA Western Conference Player of the Month (November 2002, November 2004, January 2007)
  • Eight-time NBA Western Conference Player of the Week (12/16/01; 12/26/04; 2/13/05; 11/28/05; 1/8/06; 12/10/06; 1/21/07; 1/28/07)
  • Only player in NBA history to shoot at least 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from three-point range and 90 percent from the free-throw line in four different seasons after doing so in 2005-06, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 (only Nash and Bird have done so at least twice)
  • Fifth in NBA history in career assists (9,916)
  • Only one other player has averaged 11 or more assists past the age of 33 (John Stockton in 1995-96); Nash has done so three times (2007-08, 2009-10, 2010-11)
  • One of only five players in NBA history to total 800 or more assists in four consecutive seasons after doing so from 2004-05 to 2007-08 (John Stockton-10, Magic Johnson-9, Isiah Thomas-4, Oscar Robertson-4)
  • 110 career efforts of 15 or more assists, 3rd most in NBA history behind John Stockton (293) and Magic Johnson (127)
  • Second all-time in career free-throw percentage (2931-of-3244, .903514) for his career (min. 1200 made), behind leader Mark Price (2135-of-2362, .903895)
  • One of four players in NBA history to shoot 90 percent or better from the free throw line in seven different seasons (Ray Allen, Reggie Miller, Rick Barry)
  • Has led the league in free throw percentage twice (2005-06, 2009-10)
  • Has shot 86 percent or better from the free-throw line in 14 of 16 seasons
  • Made a single-season career-high 54 consecutive free-throws from Dec. 4, 2008-Jan. 23, 2009, a streak which spanned 20 games
  • Ranks eighth all-time (.428) in career three-point field goal percentage (minimum 250 made)
  • Has shot 40 percent or better from three-point range in 13 of 16 seasons
  • 10th in NBA history with 1,620 career three-pointers made
  • One of only two players in league history with 1,600 threes and 9,000 assists (Jason Kidd)
  • Eight career 20-assist games
  • Two career 20-20 games overall (Jan. 2, 2006 OT; Nov. 9, 2009)
  • Three career triple-doubles: 11/17/03 vs. Portland (14 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists); 3/30/05 vs. Philadelphia (12 points, 13 rebounds, 12 assists); 4/19/06 at Portland (16 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists)
  • Won his second consecutive NBA Most Valuable Player Award in 2005-06, one of 10 players in league history to capture the award in back-to-back seasons (Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Moses Malone, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Tim Duncan, LeBron James)
  • Also joined Hall of Famer Johnson as the only point guards in league history to capture multiple MVP trophies
  • Joined Bob Cousy (1956-57), Oscar Robertson (1963-64), Magic Johnson (1986-87, 1988-89 and 1989-90), Michael Jordan (1990-91, 1992-93, 1995-96, 1997-98) and Allen Iverson (2000-01) as the only guards in league history to be named league MVP (later joined by Kobe Bryant in 2007-08 and Derrick Rose in 2010-11)
  • Joined Hakeem Olajuwon (1993-94, Nigeria) as the only other international player to win the award (Nowitzki became the third in 2006-07)
  • Originally selected by the Suns in the first round (15th pick overall) of the 1996 NBA Draft
  • Traded to Dallas July 25, 1998 for Pat Garrity, Bubba Wells, Martin Muursepp and a future first-round pick (Shawn Marion)
  • Signed by Phoenix as a restricted free agent July 14, 2004 and signed a contract extension with the Suns July 27, 2009
  • Former member of the Canadian National Team and was Canada’s team captain at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia.
  • HOW ACQUIRED: Acquired by the Lakers from the Phoenix Suns in exchange for first round draft picks in 2013 and 2015 as well as second round draft picks in 2013 and 2014 July 10, 2012.
Career Info
  • Full name is Stephen John Nash
  • He has twin daughters, Lola and Bella, born in October 2004, and one son, Matteo, born in November 2010
  • His father, John, played professional soccer in South Africa and England
  • Mother is Jean
  • Brother, Martin, played professional soccer for the Vancouver Whitecaps, then of the United Soccer League, and also played first division in England and for the Canadian National Team
  • Has one sister, Joann, who is married to Vancouver Canuck Manny Malhotra
  • For his success on the court and his many humanitarian efforts, was named to the Order of Canada in Dec. 2007, his home nation’s highest civilian honor
  • Recipient of the 2007 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award presented annually by the Professional Writer’s Association
  • Received the Naismith Foundation Sportsmanship Award, presented by the family of hoops inventor Dr. James Naismith (2006)
  • Two-time winner of the Lionel Conacher Award as the Canadian Press’ male athlete of the year (2005, 2002)
  • Unanimous winner of the Lou Marsh Award, the prize given to Canada’s top athlete (2005)
  • Winner of the 2011 International Award given by the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation of Winnipeg, an honor previously won by Mother Theresa and former President Jimmy Carter
  • Named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people (2006)
  • Nash and his foundation received the 2008 Steve Patterson Award for Excellence in Sports Philanthropy
  • Honored with his own Wheaties box (3rd Canadian ever (Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux))
  • Has also produced and directed commercial spots for Nike, Vitamin Water and EA Sports
  • Averaged 21.3 points, 11.2 assists and 9.1 rebounds as a senior at St. Michaels University High in Victoria, British Columbia
  • His Santa Clara No. 11 jersey was retired at his alma mater on Sept. 18, 2006, the first jersey raised to the rafters at the Leavey Center
  • College major was sociology
  • Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and moved to Canada at the age of 18 months