The Dallas Mavericks had a franchise-altering night on June 24, 1998, by pulling off two separate trades for future Hall of Famers. They acquired Steve Nash from the Phoenix Suns and made a draft pick swap to land Dirk Nowitzki. The duo teamed with Michael Finley to give the Mavs a “Big 3” of developing players with star potential.
Nash will always be the one that got away for owner Mark Cuban. The Mavs let him walk in free agency in 2004, and he went to win MVP in Phoenix the next two years. Dallas made a bad call, and Nash became a thorn in the Mavericks side in the playoffs in both 2005 and 2006.
There is no arguing that Nash is an all-time great, and he received a massive honor on Oct. 19. The NBA is celebrating its 75th anniversary this season, and they are announcing the 75 best players in league history to go with it. Steve Nash was a no-brainer inclusion among the first 25 players released on Oct. 19. He was joined by Dirk Nowitzki in the first unveil.
Former Dallas Mavericks star Steve Nash named to NBA 75
People forget that Nash was a two-time All-Star in Dallas. He was a role player in his first two seasons before being traded to the Mavericks where he blossomed. Dirk and Nash remain friends and formed a special bond working together early in their careers. The NBA is not ranking the players on their list, but Nash was in no danger of being left off.
Steve Nash is currently in his second season as the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets. Can he help Kevin Durant and James Harden lift the championship this year and move past the Kyrie Irving drama? Nash’s team is one to watch closely during the 2021-2022 campaign.
Steve Nash is not the only Dallas Mavericks that will feature on the NBA 75 list. Fans can stay tuned to The Smoking Cuban for all the latest on the Mavs this season, including news, opinions, and analysis.