Steve Nash’s Dynamic Playmaking Masks Defensive Flaws

The Los Angeles Lakers have won their fifth straight game, and their second since the return of Steve Nash. Naturally, there's been a lot of talk surrounding Nash and what he does for this team, both positive and negative.

The argument for the good Nash does is a mile long, with most of the items on that list being related to offense and the remaining few related to intangibles. 

Offensively, I don't think you'll find a single NBA fan who will try to argue that Nash does not possess one of the greatest basketball minds of our time.

Nash seems to be so intelligent offensively that I've thought for years that he could pretty easily become a player-coach, but that's an argument for another day.

Over the past eight seasons, Nash has been the epitome of an All-Star offensive point guard. Averaging 16.2 points and 10.9 assists a game, Nash is about as much as you can ask for out of a facilitator.

A lot is made out of the elusive 50/40/90 number in shooting percentages (field-goal/three-pointer/free throw), and Nash has averaged those percentages since leaving Dallas in 2004. Furthermore, he's just nine-tenths of a percent from the floor away from making those marks his career numbers.

Of course, there are two sides of the coin in basketball. Defensively, Nash has his flaws. However, his offensive prowess will continue to mask the flaws he has on the other end of the floor in a few different ways. 


Ball Protection

A big part of the Lakers' defensive woes have come on the offensive end, as strange as that sounds.

The Lakers have averaged 16 turnovers per game this season, a mark that puts them dead last in the league, tied with the Houston Rockets. 

In the three full games that Nash has played in this season, the Lakers have racked up 15 turnovers per game, which is still a pretty big problem. However, once...

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