TMC wrote:I don't agree. Joe Johnson has been better this year without Nash than with him. And most of those players on Phoenix would have been starters for the Jazz. It's true that Stock had Malone as a sidekick (and what a sidekick) and that Nash is a better scorer, but most of the other players he has played with have been crap (except Hornacek).
Nash simply looks better because the team plays to his strenghts. He would be just average playing in a team like, say, Houston, that plays a slow tempo offense and emphasizes defense.
Of course, it's only my opinion...
Don't forget that Stockton and the Jazz played in a slower half court style game for a good 20 years. Nash is better in full court style (though a great PG like him can do well in half court also) but a player is judged on his accomplishments, regardless what style his team plays in. Nash's success with the Suns shows his importance and efficiency.
Bell was a starter for the Jazz don't forget and he is now much better in the Suns. The Suns without Nash would be labelled mediocre and lost, much like they were three seasons ago when they finished out of the playoffs