By Brendan Patel on August 10, 2014
Steve Nash has had a rough last two seasons, but remains optimistic about what could be his last year in the NBA. He faces the challenges of being on a rebuilding Los Angeles Lakers team, and must play the role of a veteran leader. Here are five realistic expectations for Nash in 2014-2015.
Nash has struggled to stay healthy in the past two years, and this may be his last playing season. The Lakers will likely look to rest him as much as possible, but it would be huge if Nash is able to play the majority of games.
Nash is one of the best shooters in the history of the game, and as his speed and athleticism have declined, he has had to rely more on his skillset. He is still a marksman from outside, and there is no reason to expect his field-goal and free-throw percentages to decline.
Nash is the best passer on the Lakers, and will need to act the role of playmaker at times. He is great at getting everyone involved, and should be able to average five assists a game on a team with proven scorers.
Nash is better suited to come off the bench, a role that he is not familiar with. If he can lead the second unit, then the Lakers would be better off starting Jeremy Lin, who provides more athleticism than Nash.
It has been tough to watch Nash struggle through the last couple of years, and it is only right that he finishes off his career the right way. He is one of the best point guards of his generation, and has been a true professional in all aspects of the game. He deserves to have one more strong season, as this could be it for him.
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