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Steve Nash retires -- but where does his stats rank compared to the greatest PGs of all time?

Numbers don't lie, #13 is always going to be behind #12 tho . . .
Numbers don't lie, #13 is always going to be behind #12 tho . . .
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Steve Nash announced, via twitter, that he's calling it a career.

It's a sad day for the NBA, but an okay for the Los Angeles Lakers -- a team that no longer has to pay him next year. Steve Nash is the best Canadian basketball player ever, and was a great, funny, and talented ambassador of the NBA game all over the globe. His charity work, random skate boarding in NYC, and ability to bring NBA players together for a soccer game all show some of who he was. His funny TV commercials are nearly without peer.

I will never forget his leadership of Team Canada that beat, in the Olympics, Serbia (Peja Stojakovic, Sasha Danilovic, Zeljko Rebraca, etc). If not for Nash and the influence of teams like the Grizzlies and Raptors, Andrew Wiggins may have just been a really fact hockey player. So as a Canadian, I really do respect and admire what Nash has done to popularize my favorite sport in the country of my birth. (My home and native land, if you will.)

Nash was a two time MVP, and did countless good things on the court on offense. That alone puts him in the point guard pantheon. Where does he land, ultimately, is up to you. Top 20? Of course. Top 10? He has the hardware. Top 5? I believe this argument will lie on the relative age of the people talking about this ranking. Nash, for example, never made an NBA Finals, or was known for being a two way player. And I think he'll freely admit that he wasn't for the majority of his career.

Anyway, let's look at the Top 25 point guards of all time +5 active players.

Player # Draft G Min MPG PPG RPG APG A:TO SPG PER USG% AST% ORTG OWS OB+/- VORP
1 Bob Cousy 3 1950 924 30,165 35.3 18.4 5.2 7.2 -- -- 19.8 -- -- -- -- -- --
2 Oscar Robertson 1 1960 1,040 43,886 42.2 25.7 7.5 9.5 -- -- 23.2 -- -- -- -- -- --
3 Jerry West 2 1960 932 36,571 39.2 27.0 5.8 6.7 -- -- 22.9 -- -- -- -- -- --
4 Lenny Wilkens 6 1960 1,077 38,064 35.3 16.5 4.7 6.7 -- -- 16.8 -- -- -- -- -- --
5 Walt Frazier 5 1967 825 30,965 37.5 18.9 5.9 6.1 -- -- 19.1 -- -- -- -- -- --
6 Tiny Archibald 19 1970 876 31,159 35.6 18.8 2.3 7.4 -- -- 18.0 -- -- -- -- -- --
7 Dennis Johnson 29 1976 1,100 35,954 32.7 14.1 3.9 5.0 2.20 1.3 14.6 20.1% 20.4% 107 39.9 0.3 23.6
8 Maurice Cheeks 36 1978 1,101 34,845 31.6 11.1 2.8 6.7 3.26 2.1 16.5 15.2% 29.2% 116 60.9 1.4 33.9
9 Magic Johnson 1 1979 906 33,245 36.7 19.5 7.2 11.2 2.89 1.9 24.1 22.3% 40.9% 121 110.6 5.7 77.4
10 Isiah Thomas 2 1981 979 35,516 36.3 19.2 3.6 9.3 2.46 1.9 18.1 25.3% 37.4% 106 41.2 2.4 37.5
Player # Draft G Min MPG PPG RPG APG A:TO SPG PER USG% AST% ORTG OWS OB+/- VORP
11 Fat Lever 11 1982 752 23,814 31.7 13.9 6.0 6.2 3.19 2.2 17.8 19.7% 26.4% 109 29.4 1.8 33.7
12 John Stockton 16 1984 1,504 47,764 31.8 13.1 3.7 10.5 3.72 2.2 21.8 20.8% 50.2% 121 142.8 4.4 65.9
13 Terry Porter 24 1985 1,274 35,354 27.8 12.2 3.0 5.6 2.69 1.2 17.2 19.1% 29.0% 115 71.9 2.6 35.9
14 Mark Price 25 1986 722 21,560 29.9 15.2 2.6 6.7 2.72 1.2 19.6 22.8% 36.1% 116 51.9 4.1 22.7
15 Kevin Johnson 7 1987 735 25,061 34.1 17.9 3.3 9.1 2.97 1.5 20.7 22.6% 38.8% 118 70.4 3.5 28.0
16 Mark Jackson 18 1987 1,296 39,121 30.2 9.6 3.8 8.0 3.28 1.2 16.0 20.9% 39.4% 110 54.6 1.2 27.1
17 Rod Strickland 19 1988 1,094 33,634 30.7 13.2 3.7 7.3 2.79 1.5 18.0 21.7% 37.3% 108 49.0 1.7 30.9
18 Mookie Blaylock 12 1989 889 31,026 34.9 13.5 4.1 6.7 2.89 2.3 16.8 20.1% 30.9% 106 33.3 2.2 38.9
19 Tim Hardaway 14 1989 867 30,626 35.3 17.7 3.3 8.2 2.86 1.6 18.6 24.3% 37.9% 110 57.7 3.8 34.6
20 Gary Payton 2 1990 1,335 47,117 35.3 16.3 3.9 6.7 2.96 1.8 18.9 22.5% 31.9% 111 96.7 3.3 63.0
Player # Draft G Min MPG PPG RPG APG A:TO SPG PER USG% AST% ORTG OWS OB+/- VORP
21 Jason Kidd 2 1994 1,391 50,111 36.0 12.6 6.3 8.7 3.02 1.9 17.9 18.8% 35.8% 107 138.6 2.4 78.2
22 Allen Iverson 1 1996 914 37,584 41.1 26.7 3.7 6.2 1.72 2.2 20.9 31.8% 28.8% 105 60.9 3.6 44.1
23 Steve Nash 15 1996 1,217 38,069 31.3 14.3 3.0 8.5 2.97 0.7 20.0 21.0% 41.5% 118 113.7 4.0 31.2
24 Chauncey Billups 3 1997 1,043 33,008 31.6 15.2 2.9 5.4 2.64 1.0 18.8 21.9% 28.1% 118 92.4 4.1 37.6
25 Tony Parker 28 2001 994 32,265 32.5 17.0 2.9 5.9 2.38 0.9 18.9 25.7% 32.8% 109 60.1 2.0 26.4
26 Chris Paul 4 2005 687 24,899 36.2 18.6 4.4 9.9 4.11 2.3 25.5 23.7% 46.5% 122 94.8 6.7 59.1
27 Rajon Rondo 21 2006 562 18,347 32.6 10.9 4.7 8.4 3.70 1.8 16.8 19.5% 41.2% 105 15.6 0.5 18.8
28 Russell Westbrook 4 2008 494 16,769 33.9 20.9 5.2 7.1 1.97 1.7 22.0 31.0% 37.4% 108 31.3 3.8 26.5
29 Stephen Curry 7 2009 402 14,117 35.1 20.8 4.1 6.9 2.17 1.7 21.4 25.7% 32.3% 114 36.9 5.4 24.2
30 Kyrie Irving 1 2011 247 8,540 34.6 21.0 3.6 5.7 2.02 1.4 21.2 28.1% 30.8% 111 20.1 4.7 11.3

Guys like CP3 are on many peoples' lists already and his stats are fine. But until he gets out of the second round, or actually wins something, he's just going to be another guy who gets a lot of stats on utterly meaningless teams. I'm not afraid to take a shot at CP3. Until we see a vine of "Chris Paul sends the ____ ____ to the NBA finals" I'm going to keep clowning him.

Nash played offense like Mozart wrote music. Offensively he was a genius, and now his playing days are done. He's part of the All-Time PG pantheon. By my count he can't be any better than 4th though. And that's a stretch.