(2004) Steve Nash Signs With the Phoenix Suns | Top 10 Nash/Amar’e Connections
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On this date in NBA history (2004), free agent Steve Nash rejoined the team that drafted him with the 15th pick in the 1996 NBA draft: The Phoenix Suns.
During his last two seasons with the Mavs, Nash was an All-Star and member of the All-NBA 3rd team. In his first season back with the Suns, Nash won MVP while helping the Suns and their young guns — Amar’e Stoudemire, Shawn Marion and Joe Johnson — to a league-best 62-20 record while averaging 110 points a game. Some people, like MVP runner-up Shaquille O’Neal, called Nash a “Sympathy MVP” but Nash would go on to win MVP the next season and came in 2nd place the season after that – losing to former Dallas teammate and friend Dirk Nowitzki.
Nash would end up playing 10 seasons in Phoenix; The Suns went to the playoffs seven times and the WCF three times during those 10 seasons.