Tag Archives: Steve Nash

Video: Dirk’s Rookie Year

A short interview & highlight package featuring Dirk Nowitzki, Steve Nash and Don Nelson, circa Dallas 1998.

 

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In Favor of Vince Carter’s HOF Case

High-flying Vince Carter is a classic borderline hall-of-fame candidate.  You are familiar with the case against him but the UNC alum is one of the dozen all-time great basketball talents.  In addition to Carter’s elite athleticism and skill he has added longevity.

Through sixteen NBA seasons Vince Carter has made 1,754 three-point field goals.  Earlier this year he passed sharpshooter Dale Ellis, a previous record holder for career three’s, to move into ninth place in NBA history.

Carter has more career three’s than:

In addition to the high volume of three’s Carter shot over 40% from beyond the arc four times in his career.  For someone famous for more than his outside shooting ability Vince Carter has been a really, really good outside shooter.  Just something to remember when considering him for Springfield.

Splitting The Screen with Mark Price: Grantland

During their Second Birdmester Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose highlighted former Cavaliers great Mark Price. They compared Price’s ability to split the screen to current day guards Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard, Jamal Crawford and Kyrie Irving.  For the youngsters asking who is this Mark Price guy check him out in his eleventh NBA season schooling Allen Iverson.

I remember Mark Price having some sweet playoff games in his day.  Try 35 points and 10 assists in a first round win over the Drazen Petrovic, Mookie Blaylock and the 1992 New Jersey Nets.  Price also had a 31 point outburst against Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.  Mark went 11-of-14 shooting from the floor in addition to making all 9 free throw attempts.

Compare Mark Price’s career playoff record against other recent great point guards:

Totals

Advanced

Player

From

To

G

AST%

USG%

TOV%

TS%

Magic Johnson*

1980

1996

190

42.2

21.2

18.3

.595

Mark Price

1988

1995

47

32.1

23.3

18.5

.587

Steve Nash

1997

2013

120

39.6

22.8

17.7

.583

Deron Williams

2007

2013

51

39.6

24.1

16.0

.578

Chris Paul

2008

2013

40

46.2

26.0

14.1

.572

John Stockton*

1985

2003

182

47.8

19.2

19.4

.568

Stephen Curry

2013

2013

12

33.3

26.2

13.7

.558

Kevin Johnson

1989

2000

105

38.0

24.0

16.3

.557

Baron Davis

2000

2012

50

32.7

24.4

13.2

.548

Mark Jackson

1988

2004

131

40.0

17.5

20.5

.523

Isiah Thomas*

1984

1992

111

37.4

26.2

14.5

.520

Russell Westbrook

2010

2013

45

32.2

31.8

12.5

.510

Derrick Rose

2009

2012

29

35.7

31.7

13.4

.503

Tim Hardaway

1991

2003

56

35.1

25.2

14.9

.502

Mike Conley

2011

2013

35

31.2

21.5

12.6

.498

Jason Kidd

1997

2013

158

35.9

18.9

18.0

.498

Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/17/2014.

Jose Calderon is an Elite Point Guard

Many of us haven’t noticed but new Detroit Pistons point guard Jose Calderon is entering an elite class of point guards.  He’s working on his third season of 10 PPG, 7 APG & 60% True Shooting.

Only 4 players in NBA history have had more than three such seasons combining passing and scoring efficiency at this level.

Rk

Player

From

To

Tm

Lg

Count

1

Steve Nash

2001

2013

TOT

NBA

11

2

John Stockton*

1988

2002

UTA

NBA

11

3

Magic Johnson*

1980

1991

LAL

NBA

9

4

Mark Price

1989

1993

CLE

NBA

4

5

Jose Calderon

2008

2013

TOT

NBA

3

6

Kevin Johnson

1991

1997

PHO

NBA

3

7

LeBron James

2010

2013

TOT

NBA

2

Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/24/2013.