Examining the Perils and Positives of Steve Nash’s Passing off the Dribble

September 28th, 2012 by Josh Martin Leave a reply »
The late, great John Wooden was no fan of one-handed passes. During his time at UCLA, he emphasized the importance of making the fundamentally sound play whenever possible, which often meant keeping two hands on the ball and suspending the dribble when passing.

Then again, as saintly as the "Wizard of Westwood" may have been, he didn't care for dunking and actually preferred baseball to basketball.

Steve Nash wasn't always a basketball savant, either. He got his start in sports on the soccer pitch in British Columbia and didn't pick up basketball until his early teen years.

Judging by the way Nash plays now, he might've missed out on Wooden's teachings.

Few players in the NBA today pass off the dribble as frequently or as spectacularly as does Nash. Plays like this, jaw-dropping as they may be, are simply par for the course when Nash is at the point\, and figure to be a welcome sight for the Los Angeles Lakers this season:


Not that such pretty passes aren't without peril. Nash posted the third-worst turnover rate of any point guard who played at least 20 minutes per game last season, giving the bal ...

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