Time With Phoenix: 1996-1998, 2004-2012
Of all the athletes who have competed for the Phoenix Suns in their 50-year history, it’s likely between Barkley and Steve Nash for the best ever. Nash, who had two stints in the Valley, played 744 games in Phoenix and was the most important player on the legendary 7 Seconds or Less teams.
Known for making everyone around him better, Nash won back-to-back MVP awards in 2005 and 2006. During these two seasons, the Santa Clara alum averaged a combined 17.2 points and 11 assists per game. Aided by Amar’e Stoudemire, the Suns also made back-to-back Western Conference Finals during this period.
When 2010 came along, Nash, Stoudemire, and the aforementioned Grant Hill led the team to another Western Conference Finals, although they lost in six games to the Lakers.
In his entire career with Phoenix, he averaged 14.4 points and 9.4 assists per game while making five playoff and six All-Star appearances. Additionally, he also had four 50-40-90 seasons, the most of any NBA player in history, and five assist titles with the Suns.
After a difficult two-year stretch with the Lakers, Nash hung his sneakers up for good. Though he never won a title, the former No. 15 pick racked up seven All-NBA team appearances and eight All-Star appearances in his career. While he did have some good years in Dallas, the bulk of his success came with the Suns.