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, taking the Suns to the playoffs seven times and the WCF three times during the highlight-filled decade.