Dallas Mavericks history: 5 all-time players we’re most thankful for

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Dallas Mavericks players we’re thankful for: 3. Steve Nash

Although Steve Nash only spent six of his 18 NBA seasons in Dallas, his impact on the Mavs both on and off the court cannot be understated. He was a wizard on the court. Nash always made the right pass and gave it his all, no matter how destroyed his body appeared to be. The 6’3 guard’s mentorship and friendship with Dirk Nowitzki changed the course of the Mavericks and the NBA forever.

While he was still playing and since he retired, Dirk constantly reveals that there was no way he would have stayed in Dallas after his rookie year without Nash. Without the Hall of Famer, Nowitzki would have returned to Germany and the Mavs would be a different franchise today. Nash helped the Mavericks GOAT acclimate to a new country and league.

Without Steve Nash, do the Mavericks win the title in 2011, does Dirk win an MVP, do other players start shooting a one-legged fade away, do big less big men become 3-point shooters? Mavericks fans should be thankful for Nash because there legitimately is no Dirk Nowitzki without the 6’3 point guard.

On the court, Nash also helped the Mavericks end their long playoff drought and was selected to two All-Star games during his time in Dallas. Every NBA fan knows the name Steve Nash, but Mavericks fans should make sure to hold a special place in their hearts for him.

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