Suns Nash Named NBA All-Star
Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash has been named a 2012 Western Conference All-Star reserve, the NBA announced today.
Nash garners his eighth career All-Star nod overall (2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010), his sixth selection as a reserve, and his franchise-record tying sixth berth as a member of the Suns. Nash now has equaled Ring of Honor member Walter Davis for the most All-Star appearances as a Sun in franchise history.
"It’s a pleasure and honor to be recognized," Nash said. "So any time you get a chance to experience that, it’s something you really have to enjoy and make the most of."
Nash, who turned 38 years old two days ago, becomes just the fourth player in NBA history to earn an All-Star selection at 38 or older, joining a Hall of Fame club that includes only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (1985, 1986, 1987, 1988), Michael Jordan (2001, 2002) and Karl Malone (2001). Abdul-Jabbar made his final appearance in 1988 at 41 years of age.
Now in his 16th NBA season, Nash is currently enjoying the greatest statistical season for a point guard 38 years of age or older, averaging 15.1 points and an NBA-best 10.0 assists entering play tonight. Nash is on pace to lead the league in assist average in his sixth different season, second-most in NBA history (John Stockton-9). His assist average is the highest by a player his age in NBA history (prev. 8.7, Stockton, 2000-01). Nash’s scoring output is the highest by a player his age since the 2002-03 season in which both Jordan (20.0) and Malone (20.6) averaged better than 20 points.
Nash owns the sixth-highest field goal percentage in the NBA this season (.559), highest among all NBA guards, and territory that few guards in league history have touched. Only 10 guards have shot better than 55 percent from the floor in NBA history and none has done so after the age of 30. The last point guard to do so overall was Stockton in 1987-88 when he was 25. Nash is also connecting on 45.5 percent of his three-point attempts, 10th-best in the NBA, and the second-highest mark of his career (.470, 2007-08).
On Feb. 1, Nash became the Suns’ all-time leader in assists, passing Ring of Honor member Kevin Johnson. Johnson had held the record since April 2, 1993.
Suns fans, Bring Your Game Face! The Suns host the Houston Rockets tonight, Thursday, Feb. 9, at US Airways Center, with tip-off set for 7 p.m. Single game tickets are still available and can be purchased at Suns.com/tickets or by calling 1-800-4NBA-TIX.