Nash Set To Reach 10,000-Assist Mark

 

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

Player GP AST AST/G
John Stockton 1,504 15,806 10.5
Jason Kidd 1,345 11,969 8.9
Mark Jackson 1,296 10,334 8.0
Magic Johnson 906 10,141 11.2
Steve Nash 1,161 9,995 8.6
Oscar Robertson 1,040 9,887 9.5
Isiah Thomas 979 9,061 9.3
Gary Payton 1,335 8,966 6.7
Rod Strickland 1,094 7,987 7.3
Andre Miller 1,080 7,683 7.1

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

Player AST Paint Mid-range 3PT
Amar’e Stoudemire 1,155 80% 19% 0%
Shawn Marion 823 69% 12% 18%
Dirk Nowitzki 797 30% 42% 28%
Michael Finley 626 37% 31% 33%
Grant Hill 593 56% 34% 10%

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

Player Restricted Corner 3 Total
Andre Miller 49% 5% 54%
LeBron James 39% 14% 53%
Steve Nash 44% 8% 51%
Rajon Rondo 39% 9% 48%
Deron Williams 43% 5% 48%
Tony Parker 32% 16% 48%
Chris Paul 38% 9% 47%
Jason Kidd* 42% 5% 47%

* 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

Opponent GP AST AST/G
Sacramento 57 541 9.5
Golden State 59 528 8.9
L.A. Clippers 60 522 8.7
Minnesota 53 500 9.4
Vancouver/Memphis 55 494 9.0

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

Period MIN AST ASTRatio
1st quarter 10,284 3,208 40.2
2nd quarter 7,914 2,171 36.9
3rd quarter 10,167 2,753 37.2
4th quarter 7,760 1,798 31.9
Overtime 340 65 25.0

Nash has recorded his most assists on Wednesdays, but tends to be more giving on Sundays…

Steve Nash – Assists by day of the week

Day GP AST ASTRatio AST/G
Monday 124 1,094 37.7 8.8
Tuesday 196 1,643 35.9 8.4
Wednesday 203 1,842 38.0 9.1
Thursday 137 1,140 36.4 8.3
Friday 190 1,592 36.8 8.4
Saturday 168 1,266 33.2 7.5
Sunday 143 1,418 39.8 9.9

 

8 Comments

  1. big cat says:

    a true professional and one of the greatest pg’s to ever lace em up , wish he would’ve signed with the raps instead tho

  2. josé machado says:

    Congratulations to one of the best pointguards of the NBA, now S.Nash have to score more, to help the Lakers winning games….

  3. Badgers says:

    Column headers on the stats tables would help

  4. J-Short says:

    Congrats to Nash on the obtaining the milestone.

  5. jasonc says:

    I wonder where Magic would’ve ended up, all-time.

  6. itsbigwes95 says:

    i guess monday’s are terrible days for Nash too, huh? lol

  7. Hm says:

    Not a real fan of milestones, but there is one interesting thing I’ve noticed in this article, especially considering comments from his critics these past few years.
    Chris Paul’s restricted area percentage: 38
    I’ll let that speak for itself.

  8. Game Time says:

    Well with all the other craziness going on I hope Nash can still take some comfort in getting to this great milestone.