SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Former standout Santa Clara men's basketball player Steve Nash was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Jason Kidd, Grant Hill, Ray Allen, Maurice Cheeks, Charlie Scott, Dino Radja, the WNBA's Tina Thompson and Katie Smith, coach Lefty Driesell, executives Rick Welts and Rod Thorn, and Ora Mae Washington joined Nash as inductees in the 2018 class.
Nash played 19 seasons in the NBA where he was an eight-time all-star and seven-time All-NBA choice. He earned league MVP in both 2004-05 and 2005-06 as a member of the Phoenix Suns.
Nash led the Broncos to three NCAA Tournament appearances and was named the West Coast Conference Player of the Year in both 1995 and 1996.
During his career, the Broncos posted a 73-42 record, won WCC regular-season titles in 1995 and 1996, and made three NCAA Tournament appearances.
One of just five players in WCC history to lead the league in both points and assists per game in the same season (1994-95), Nash is in the top 10 in many of Santa Clara's career lists, including scoring (7th; 1,689), field-goal attempts (10th; 1,229), 3-pointers (3rd; 263), 3-point attempts (4th; 656), 3-point field-goal percentage (2nd; 40.1), free-throw percentage (1st; 86.0) assists (3rd; 510) and steals (7th; 147).
Nash went on to be selected 15th overall in the 1996 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns. He also played for the Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers, and was named by ESPN in 2006 as the ninth-best point guard of all-time. Nash is among the all-time top 10 in NBA history in 3-point field goal percentage (9th; 42.78), free-throw percentage (1st; 90.43), assists, (3rd; 10,335) and assists per game (10th; 8.49).
View social media coverage of Nash leading up to the Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Why was Don Nelson chosen to usher @SteveNash into the @Hoophall? Because Nash, as explained in this week's @nytimes NBA newsletter, is convinced he never makes it to Springfield without Nellie's tough love —> https://t.co/ckaGTnXvQQ— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) September 4, 2018
A young Steve Nash shows off his hockey skills! ������ #18HoopsClass— NBA Canada (@NBACanada) September 5, 2018
Tune into NBA TV Canada at 7pm/et on Friday (Sept 7) to watch Steve Nash be inducted into the @hoophall. �� pic.twitter.com/TcVWpmWJGf
His teammate, his "coach," but most importantly his friend. @LloydPierceLP explains @SteveNash's HOF impact on and off the court: https://t.co/tu1aGo55jB— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) September 7, 2018
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