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One of the best point guards of his generation, Steve Nash was Canada’s highest profile basketball player during his 18 year NBA career. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Nash moved to Regina, Saskatchewan with his family when he was 18 months old, before ultimately settling in Victoria, British Columbia. Despite averaging 21.3 points, 11.2 assists and 9.1 rebounds per game and leading his team to the British Columbia AAA Provincial title as a high school senior, and his high school coach sending footage of the young point guard to over 30 American universities, Nash was not recruited until Dick Davey, the head coach at Santa Clara University requested footage of Nash. Impressed by his play, Davey offered Nash a scholarship. During Nash’s 4 year NCAA career, he appeared in 113 games, averaging 14.9 points, 4.5 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game. After a stellar final 2 years at Santa Clara, Nash was drafted by the Phoenix Suns 15th overall in the 1996 NBA Draft. Nash would play 2 seasons with the Suns, largely in a supporting role, and was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in 1998. It was with Dallas Nash established himself as 1 of the best point guards in Basketball. Nash broke out during the 2000/01 season, during which he averaged 15.6 points and 7.3 assists per game. During Nash’s tenure with the Mavericks, he was a 2 time all-star and the recipient of the 2002 Lionel Conacher Award as Canada’s male athlete of the year. A free agent after the 2004 season, Nash rejoined the Phoenix Suns. Nash’s 2nd tenure with the Suns proved to be much different than his first one, as he won 2 NBA MVP Awards (2005, 2006), led the NBA in assists 5 times, was the recipient of the 2007 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award and made an additional 6 all-star appearances. Nash also was the recipient of several non-NBA awards during his 2nd tenure with the Suns. These include the 2005 Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada’s top athlete and an additional 2 more Lionel Conacher Awards in 2005 and 2006. In 2012, Nash joined the Los Angeles Lakers, with whom he concluded his playing career in 2014. Currently, Nash is a part-owner of the MLS Vancouver Whitecaps, a position he has held since the team entered the MLS in 2011 and is also currently the General Manager of the Canadian men’s national basketball team.