HANG TIME NEW JERSEY – Steve Nash is just five assists from being the fifth player in NBA history to reach the 10,000-assist mark. He’ll likely reach the milestone when his Lakers visit the Houston Rockets on Tuesday (8 p.m. ET, NBA TV).
Most assists, NBA history
In his 17-year career, Nash has assisted 123 different teammates, none more than Amar’e Stoudemire. And most of those assists to Stoudemire were on buckets in the paint. Most of his 797 assists to Dirk Nowitzki, however, were on buckets from outside the paint.
Most assists from Steve Nash, with shot location
There are nine different players who have received exactly one assist from Nash. Among them: Avery Johnson, Sam Cassell and Dennis Rodman.
The two most efficient shots are shots from the restricted area (1.18 points per shot over the course of Nash’s career) and corner 3-pointers (1.15 points per shot). And over his career, 51 percent of Nash’s assists have come from those two areas. That’s a higher percentage than most other All-Star point guards…
Percentage of career assists to high-efficiency areas
* Does not include first two seasons of Kidd’s career
Having spent his entire career in the Western Conference, Nash has racked up at least 500 assists against four different teams in the West.
Steve Nash – Most assists by opponent
Nash tends to be more of a distributor early in the game. His highest assist ratio (percentage of his possessions in which he records an assist) is highest in the first quarter and lowest in the fourth.
Steve Nash – Assists by quarter
Nash has recorded his most assists on Wednesdays, but tends to be more giving on Sundays…
Steve Nash – Assists by day of the week