2013-14 Regular Season Statistics for Steve Nash

















  Updated through end of 2013-14 season

Steve Nash 2013-14 Season Wrap-Up


Unfortunately, the 2013-14 season was more disappointing for Nash – and Nash fans – than even the 2012-13 season.

Nash played in only 15 games this season, as nerve-root irritation in his back and hamstrings kept him out most nights. The source of these troubles was the broken leg Nash suffered on Oct. 31, 2012 – at the outset of the previous season – when he collided with Portland’s Damian Lillard.

That one moment has turned Nash’s late-career path from a graceful, gradual decline in production to something much more precipitous.

There were some highlights, though, including when Nash scored a game-high 19 points against Philadelphia on February 7 – his 40th birthday, and when he recorded a double-double against Portland in 22 minutes of play on April 1.

And, of course, in his final appearance of the season, Nash passed Mark Jackson to move into third place on the career assists list, with 10,335.

And while Nash didn’t play very often this year, I think it can be said that he looked good when he did play, especially in the second half of the season. Perhaps that is a somewhat encouraging sign.

An amazing Steve Nash streak came to an end this season. Somehow, Nash had managed to increase his career field goal percentage for 14 consecutive years heading into this season; unfortunately, he was only able to shoot 38% from the field in limited attempts this season, which reduced his career field goal percentage, and ended the streak.

An off-the-court highlight for Nash this season was filming four 10-minute episodes of a series for Grantland called “The Finish Line,” in which Nash shares what life is like for an athlete approaching the end of his career.

Nash’s honest reflections included his revelation (in episode 3) that he would not consider retiring at the end of 2013-14, because that would mean foregoing the $10 million he is due to be paid next season. He said that the NBA players have collectively bargained for guaranteed contracts, and that he was also injured while on the job, and thus will not retire.

Nash did say, though – and no one has any doubt this is true – that he will continue to work tirelessly to regain his health, and to contribute to the team as much as he possibly can in the final year of his contract.

At his exit interview on Thursday, though, Nash was once again honest, this time about his health: “The Lakers can’t rely on me, frankly.”

It is becoming increasingly unlikely that the Lakers will take advantage of the NBA’s “stretch provision” and waive Nash in the off-season, because they would prefer his salary to be removed from their books as soon as possible, rather than spreading it over the next three seasons. And so it appears Nash will be given one more season to play the game he loves so much.

Here’s hoping Nash can play back-up minutes for 60 games next season, and be a solid contributor.


There are no leading indicators to suggest this will happen, but – given his career accomplishments – this seems like a modest wish, even for the NBA’s oldest player.

Steve Nash Game Report - April 16, 2014

Lakers (25-57) defeat Spurs (62-20): 113 - 100

Unfortunately, Steve Nash missed the season finale, and missed his 67th game of the season

Steve Nash Game Report - April 14, 2014

Lakers (26-55) defeat Jazz (24-57): 119 - 104

Steve Nash missed his 66th game of the season. After the game, Coach Mike D'Antoni thought Nash would be doubtful to play in the final game of the season, on April 16 - but we'll see.

Steve Nash Game Report - April 13, 2014

Grizzlies (48-32) defeat Lakers (25-55): 102 - 90

Unfortunately, Steve Nash missed his 65th game of the season. There is some hope that he will play in at least one of the team's two remaining games this season.

Steve Nash Game Report - April 11, 2014

Warriors (49-30) defeat Lakers (25-54): 112 - 95

Unfortunately, Steve Nash missed his 64th game of the season.

Steve Nash Game Report - April 8, 2014

Rockets (52-25) defeat Lakers (25-53): 145 - 130

Tonight’s Game Summary

There are two distinct ways to look at tonight's loss to the Rockets: either the Lakers were blown out on their home floor in a stunning display of defensive apathy, or the depleted Lakers lost to a vastly superior team by just 15 points in a very entertaining game.


Both perspectives are valid, but the mounting losses this season have put Lakers’ fans in a foul mood, and so most would relate more with the first perspective. In fact, with tonight’s loss, this team secured itself the worst record of any Lakers team since the franchise relocated from Minneapolis to Los Angeles.


In surrendering 145 points, the Lakers allowed more points in a game than any NBA team has this season. In fact, it was the most points allowed in a non-overtime game in the NBA in four seasons. After giving up 66 points in the first half, the Lakers somehow managed to surrender 49 points in the third quarter alone – that’s more than four points per minute over a 12-minute stretch!


Dwight Howard did not dress for the Rockets due to injury, and so denied Lakers’ fans the pleasure of booing him continuously.


The bright spot for the Lakers was Steve Nash, who in 13 minutes dished out five assists to pass Mark Jackson for third place in career assists, with 10,335. The assist that moved him past Jackson occurred when he picked up a loose ball off a Ryan Kelly block of James Harden, and sent a long, leading pass down court, which Jodie Meeks grabbed and finished off with a slam dunk.


The Lakers actually looked very good on offense, scoring an unbelievable 38 assists on 44 buckets (86%!) and turning the ball over only 11 times, for a great team assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.5 to 1. They also shot 46% from the floor, 44% from beyond the arc, and 80% from the line.


But it simply wasn’t enough to offset their poor defense, as they allowed the Rockets to shoot 58% from the field and to out-rebound them by a staggering 58-33 margin – and this with the Rockets playing without Howard.


The Lakers were led by Nick Young and Jodie Meeks, who scored 32 and 30 points, respectively, while shooting for a high percentage. Jordan Farmar played a great all-around game for the Lakers.


Lakers’ Player of the Game


The player of the game tonight was Jordan Farmar, who should get serious consideration as the Lakers’ starting point guard for each of the next two seasons. In 27 minutes, Farmar scored 15 points (5-10 FG, 2-4 3PT, 3-3 FT), and recorded a team-high eight assists, five rebounds, three steals and two blocks. And, in a game the Lakers lost by 15 points, Farmar finished with a team-high plus-minus of +6, meaning the Lakers were outscored by 21 points in the 21 minutes he watched from the bench.


The Lakers will be active in the free agent market this year and next, and will have a high draft pick this year as well. But even as they reload, they realize they cannot have a star playing at every position, and with Kobe Bryant the starting shooting guard for the next two seasons, the Lakers can likely afford to go with a very solid and tenacious point guard.


Tonight, and whenever he has been healthy this season, Jordan Farmar has proven to be such a player.


Next Game


Friday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m. PDT vs. the Golden State Warriors


What Kind of a Steve Nash Night Has It Been?


Well, it was both fabulous and bittersweet.


First, the fabulous: Nash moved past Mark Jackson and into third place in career assists, with 10,335.


In 13 minutes of work, Nash looked great. Not only did he finish with a plus-minus of +2, but he was creating open look after open look for his teammates, who were having a terrible time finishing. Finally, Nash picked up a loose ball off a Ryan Kelly block of James Harden, and fired it down court to an open Jodie Meeks, who slammed it home. It was Nash’s fifth assist of the night, and the one that moved him past Jackson.


But it was also bittersweet, in that the assist was the final play of Nash’s season, and may have been the final play of his career.


Immediately after his fifth assist, Nash was removed from the game, and did not return. We learned later that he had re-injured his leg a few minutes earlier, but when Coach Mike D’Antoni went to remove him, Nash uncharacteristically asked to stay in. He said that if he came out, he would likely not return, and he wanted to get the milestone out of the way.


When he reached it moments later, he received a standing ovation from the Staples Center crowd, which has always been more respectful of him and his modest contributions than have Lakers fans in general.


Nash said afterward that he had experienced a significant setback in this hamstring, and would likely be unavailable for the remainder of the season. And that brings us to the question of whether the Lakers will simply waive the now-brittle Nash next year – and if they do that, Nash has said he will retire, rather than try to sign with another team.


If that milestone assist was Nash’s final play of his NBA career, he can retire knowing that he has accomplished a lot. He sits first in NBA career free-throw percentage, third in NBA career assists, third in NBA career assist percentage, and has recorded four seasons of 50% FG / 40% 3PT / 90% FT – only one other player has recorded two such seasons.


He is also credited in some circles for having made basketball beautiful again.


Not too shabby for a 6’3” point guard from Canada, with no vertical leap, and only one scholarship offer to a Division I school.


But, I’m not willing to write Nash’s basketball obituary just yet. He will definitely do everything possible in the offseason to get his fragile body back into game shape, and if the Lakers choose not to waive him, then we may have one more year of Steve Nash basketball remaining.


I hope we do.


This was Nash’s line for the night:



























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