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Victoria’s Steve Nash as well as Americans Jason Kidd, Grant Hill, Ray Allen, Maurice Cheeks, Tina Thompson, Charlie Scott¸ Katie Smith, the late Ora Mae Washington and Croat Dino Radja are 10 players of 13 inductees that will be entering into the Basketball Hall of Fame in September.
Also inducted are coach Lefty Driesell, executive Rick Welts, and NBA executive Rod Thorn.
The announcement was made Saturday shortly before the NCAA Final Four semifinals.
Nash is the greatest Canadian basketball player, all-time. He earned back-to-back NBA MVP awards
He made the All-NBA first team on three occasions during his career with the Phoenix Suns, LA Lakers, and Dallas Mavericks. He played for Team Canada internationally for over 10 years, leading the national team to the quarter-finals during the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
His career assists total of 10,335 ranks him third all-time behind John Stockton and Kidd.
Nash, who was chosen 15th overall in the 1996 NBA draft by Phoenix, averaged career totals of 14.3 points, 8.5 assists and 3.0 rebounds over the 1,217 career regular-season games that he played.
Nash attended Santa Clara University and was twice named West Coast Conference Player of the Year in 1995 and 1996. He grew up in Victoria, BC and attended St. Michael’s University School (SMUS).
He comes from a soccer-oriented family, where his brother Marty played professionally in Europe and his father coached and played for years locally in Saanich, after having played professionally in various leagues around the world.
Steve Nash also played rugby union and hockey.
The ceremony is set for Sept. 7 at the Springfield Symphony Hall.