When the Los Angeles Lakers signed PG Steve Nash before the 2012 season, fantasy basketball fans thought the veteran would flourish in LA. Nash averaged 10.9 assists over the previous eight seasons and was consistently an elite fantasy option.
However, a lingering back issue, coupled with a broken leg, forced the two-time MVP to miss 32 games last season. He also posted a meager 6.7 assists per game, which was his lowest average since 1999.
Nash has once again dealt with a slew of injuries this season, and as a result, he has only played in nine games this season. He has missed significant time due to nerve irritation in the leg he broke last season. He reinjured the knee on Sunday by colliding with Chicago Bulls PG Kirk Hinrich, and while he will likely not miss anymore time, it is still not very promising for his long-term fantasy value.
The point guard recently turned 40 years old and the two decades of pro ball is finally starting to catch up with the Canadian. He is too much of an injury risk to hold one roster spot hostage for the remaining weeks of the fantasy season.
Even worse, there are suddenly several players that can play the point guard position for the Lakers. Besides Nash, the team also has Kendall Marshall, Steve Blake, and Jordan Farmar on their roster. Marshall has played extremely well recently, and while Blake has played some time at the two-spot, he still poses a threat to Nash’s minutes. Nash suddenly now has a lot competition for playing time.
At this point in his illustrious career, Nash simply isn’t worth owning in most fantasy formats. He will more than likely end the year on the shelf and it would be better to let someone else deal with the headache.