After six successful seasons with Dallas MavericksIn 2004 Steve Nash left for Phoenix Suns. His tenure in Dallas included two All-Star Game appearances and he was twice named to the All-NBA Team. The Mavericks reached the Western Conference Finals in 2003 with Nash leading the offensive.
Mark Cuban refused to offer Nash a new contract due to concerns about his health while he was in his 30s. naughty He said at that time. Nash went on to win back-to-back MVP awards with The Sun.
Things turned out in favor of the Mavericks. They went to the finals in 2006, and won a championship in 2011. But we still wonder – what if Nash never left Dallas?
There are easy things to say. Nash would probably never win MVP if he stayed in Dallas. Despite his amazing skill, there is no way he could use him to put together the numbers needed to win the MVP award. The Mavericks attack will always revolve around Dirk Nowitzki, no matter how much better Nash gets. Thanks to his size and skill, Nowitzki was the most elite player.
“Sometimes you think that Nash, the player he developed, that he turned into in Phoenix was incredible. I think the athletes he was with around him, we didn’t have here. He was twice the best player. That system and what they had around him was perfect. Exactly…” Nowitzki He said years later.
The Mavericks may not have won a championship either. During Nash’s six years in Dallas, the Mavericks reached the third round of the playoffs only once. Dallas would find success in later years by surrounding Nowitzki with four other players who could defend at a high level. Defense was never the strength of Nash or Nowitzki.
As the playoffs progress, teams become more adept at attacking weaknesses on the defensive end. You can drop with a medium sized gun, especially if he has a size. But if two of the five players on the floor are vulnerable to defense, then the attack has many options. And despite their ability to score, Nash and Nowitzki made it difficult for the Mavericks to get steady stops in defense against elite teams in the final rounds of the playoffs.
Mavericks might end up like Utah Jazz Lately, I’ve repeatedly caught up in playoffs while holding on to the dream that continuity would give them an edge. But we will get a lot of interesting stories about Nowitzki and Nash on the field together, as well as in the city. That, until Nash was traded because he wasn’t working.
Here’s the thing, when we imagine “what if” scenarios, we tend to lean toward positivity. Not only does it work for everyone, it works almost in a fantastical way. Nash and Nowitzki not only win one championship, they win three. Nash retires, takes over as coach, and they win another couple. and so on.
What if Nash stayed, things worked out with your college girlfriend, and your boyfriend never walked away, and you did that job with the startup that took off. The thing is, it never works as well as you think. The fact that the Mavericks ended their fairy tales in 2011 is amazing in itself. It’s a rare thing in sports.
Nash was going to keep rolling out the numbers in Dallas. He and Nowitzki would have won many matches together. And maybe in a year, things would have broken right for them. The two were holding a Larry O’Brien trophy together, smiling, proudly beaming at what they had accomplished. An ending that can only be written by Hollywood. What if that happened.