Ranking the Dallas Mavericks Hall of Famers: 2. Steve Nash
Nash struggled in his first two NBA seasons as he was playing behind Jason Kidd and Kevin Johnson. It was a trade to Dallas on draft night 1998 that paired him with Dirk Nowitzki and jumpstarted his Hall of Fame career. The point guard and power forward formed a strong bond and they pushed each other to new heights.
Nash will always be the one that got away for owner Mark Cuban as he let him walk in 2004, and the 6’3 point guard went on to win two MVP awards in Phoenix. The Mavericks made the NBA Finals in 2006, and Nowitzki won his ring in 2011, so things worked out in Dallas, but keeping Nash could have put them on a much different path.
Nash was an eight-time All-Star and seven-time All-NBA selection, including two of those coming during his time in Dallas. He led the league in assists five times after re-joining the Suns in free agency. Nash was a member of the NBA 75 and is unquestionably one of the best point guards of all time.
Steve Nash’s career will forever be linked with the number one Hall of Famer in Dallas Mavericks history. Jason Kidd holds the title for now, and Dirk Nowitzki will take over that crown in 2023, but the links to Nash will remain.