Originally Posted by Holy Random
He shot 53.2% from the field in his last year in Phoenix and half way through the season was at like 56%. Even last year with the Lakers he shot just under 50% from the field. The only difference with the Lakers team last year is he didn't get to control the game like he did with the Suns. This year with the Lakers is a whole different story though.
His FG% had been hovering around 50% for the three previous years and in 2010-11 he shot a career low 49%. They subsequently cut his minutes by about 20% and his shots by about 35% and the number did spike up.
His 3 pt% for those last two years in PHX were the lowest of his career despite taking 100 fewer shots per year than his career average. That's where you could see his legs going.
In PHX he was
the system and got shots that he wanted, regardless if they were helping the team much. In truth, there's not much that could have helped those teams, so don't take this as a slam of Nash. But if you watched him night in and night out, it was obvious that he was nowhere near the player he had been or that his stats might indicate.