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Steve Nash 2004-05
January 1, 2005
The Phoenix Suns welcomed Steve Nash back to Phoenix on July 14, 2004. The veteran point guard, who spent the last six seasons in Dallas, was originally drafted by the Suns in 1996.
The press conference drew a large contingent of reporters out to talk to the returning Sun.
Nash went door-to-door re-introducing himself to Phoenix fans on one summer Saturaday morning.
Nash and most of his new teammates began preparing for the 2004-05 season with informal workouts in early September.
Nash and Joe Johnson raced up and down the floor during the filming of a Suns commercial in mid-September.
"Working hard, sweating harder"
Nash posed for the Suns' annual milk poster after an informal workout in late September.
Nash gets serious with his new sidekicks, Shawn Marion and Amare Stoudemire, on Media Day.
The Suns' new floor general said he was optimistic that his team could compete for a playoff spot.
From day one in Flagstaff, the Suns' training camp home, Nash was demonstrating his leadership abilities, offering advice to younger players like Yuta Tabuse.
Although Nash was all business during the Suns' two-a-day practices, he took a timeout to play some soccer with some students from Northern Arizona University.
And showed off his quarterback skills.
Steve's "White" squad defeated Leandro Barbosa's "Orange" bunch during the team's public scrimmage.
Nash directed the Suns to a 7-1 preseason, giving the NBA a preview of the high-scoring, fast-paced offense they would implement during the regular season.
Nash led the Suns to a 30-point win in their season opener, 112-82, over the Hawks.
Nash returned to Dallas for the first time on Nov. 16.
The 30-year-old playmaker recorded 17 points and 18 assists in guiding Phoenix to the 107-101 win.
Talk of Nash as a possible MVP candidate began to surface following the Suns' win over the Miami Heat on Jan. 11, which gave Phoenix an incredible 30-4 mark on the year.
The Suns lost six-straight in mid-January after Nash went down with a back injury.
Nash and the Suns returned from a six-game road trip to beat former Suns guard Stephon Marbury and the Knicks.
MVP talk reached a fever pitch during the media session at All-Star Weekend in Denver.
Nash chatted with Spurs and Western Conference All-Star coach Greg Popovich in the West locker room.
Displaying some the reasons the Suns were playing so well, Nash took the Playstation Skills Challenge in record fashion.
Nash hoisted the first of three trophies won by Suns players on All-Star Saturday night.
Using soccer skills developed in his Canadian youth, Nash helped teammate Amar
Nash and "STAT" celebrate their triumph. Stoudemire finished second in the contest.
The weekend in Denver gave Nash some time to hang out with old friend and former Mav's teammate Dirk Nowitzki.
Nash was one of three Suns on the West roster, the first time since 1981 Phoenix has as many All-Stars.
Nash dished out six assists and scored two points in 17 minutes of the 2005 NBA All-Star Game.
The East beat the West 125-115.
Nash posted the highest assist average (11.5) in the NBA since John Stockton averaged 12.3 in 1994-95.
The Suns started the month of March with a win over the defending NBA Champion Pistons. Nash led the way with 16 points and 14 assists.
Nash and the Suns moved to 46-14 with a win in Seattle on March 6.
The Suns were 2-5 without their All-Star point guard and 60-15 with Nash in the lineup.
The "Nash Rambler" had 16 20-point, 10-assist games and twice scored 30-plus points in 2004-05.
Nash distributed a season-high 18 assists three times, the most by a Suns player since Jason Kidd dished out 19 in 2001.
In his ninth NBA season averaged 15.5 pts, NBA-best 11.5 asts, 3.3 rebs, .502 FG (T20th), .431 3FG (6th), .887 FT (6th) in 34.3 mins in in 75 games in ‘04-05.
Nash shot 50 percent or better 39 times.
Nash was only NBA player to average double figures in assists and one of three guards (Jason Terry, Mike Miller) to shoot 50 percent or better from the field (.502).
A fearless driver to the lane, Nash can dish off to an open teammate or take it to the rack himself.
Miami was the only loss on the Suns' final road trip of the season, despite Nash's 19 points and 14 assists.
Nash is never afraid to hit the floor to secure a loose ball.
The Steve Nash Bobblehead was a hit with fans this season.
Nash is one of only four NBA players who has ranked in the top 12 in assists in each of the last five seasons (Jason Kidd, Andre Miller and Stephon Marbury).
One of the most accurate free-throw and three-point shooters in NBA history, Nash ranks third all-time and first among active players in free throw percentage (.892, minimum 1,200 made) and seventh all-time, tied for second among active players in three-p
Nash has shot 40 percent or better from three-point range in eight of nine seasons and 86 percent or better from the free-throw stripe in seven of nine seasons.
Days before the Suns opened the 2005 playoffs, Nash warmed-up with some ice hockey at AWA.
The Suns' guard even mixed it up with some hockey greats.
Nash gets the royal treatment from head athletic trainer Aaron Nelson before Game 1 of the Suns' first round playoff series with the Grizzlies.
Nash came into the 2005 NBA Playoffs with a team-leading 51 postseason games under his belt.
The Suns and their All-Star point guard started off the "second season" with a 114-103 win over Memphis, as Nash registered 11 points and 13 rebounds.
Nash chipped in one of a Suns playoff-record 15 three-pointers in the Game 1 victory.
Nash posted his second consecutive double-double with 12 points and a career-high tying 15 points in Game 2.
Nash arrived in Memphis with his mentor, backup point guard Leandro Barbosa, looking to close out the series in Tennessee.
Suns Chairman Jerry Colangelo presents Nash with the 2004-05 NBA MVP award. The All-Star became just the second player in franchise history to be named MVP and the first point guard since Magic Johnson in 1990.
Nash asked his most valuable teammates to join him on stage, saying that they deserve the award as much as he does.