- Height: 6'3"
- Weight: 195 lbs
- Date of Birth: February 7, 1974
- Hometown: Johannesburg, South Africa
- College: Santa Clara University
- Mascot: Bucky the Bronco
- High School: St. Michael's University School
- Position: Point Guard
- Draft: 1st round, 15th overall, Phoenix Suns, 1996
Steve Nash was born on February 7, 1974, in Johannesburg, South Africa. Growing up in Canada, he became interested in soccer and hockey at a young age. However, Nash ended up playing basketball around the age of 12 and he stuck with it. He had a very good career at St. Michaels University School, averaging 21.3 points per game, 11.2 assists per game, and 9.1 rebounds per game as a senior.
Because he played high school basketball in Canada, Nash did not receive very much attention by American Division 1-A colleges. Santa Clara University finally came calling with a scholarship and Nash accepted. He put together an impressive college career, winning two West Coast Conference Player of the Year awards, was named an Honorable Mention All-American, and led Santa Clara to three NCAA Tournament appearances. Nash entered the 1996 NBA Draft upon graduating and was selected fifteenth overall by the Phoenix Suns.
Nash struggled in only two seasons at Phoenix, playing off the bench both years and receiving limited playing time. He was traded to the Dallas Mavericks prior to the 1998-99 season, and it was with Dallas that Nash finally was able to establish himself. His breakout performance came in 2000-01 when he averaged 15.6 points per game and 7.3 assists per game. Nash has continued this success throughout his career, especially over the last three seasons, which he played with the Suns. Since rejoining the Suns for 2004-05, Nash has averaged over 15 points per game and 10 assists per game each season. He is a five time All-Star and two-time NBA MVP with career per game averages of 14 points and 7.6 assists.
Career Highlights, Awards, and Accolades:
- Five-time All-Star
- Two time NBA MVP