Updated: Jul 6
Steve Nash and John Stockton are two of the best point guards to ever play the game of basketball. Both players drafted out of the lottery (Nash at 15, Stockton at 16) are known for their passing, high awareness, and fundamentals. Stockton played in the 80s and 90s, while Nash played mostly in the 2000s. Both players failed to win a championship but succeeded in making the Hall of Fame.
Many fans fall under the common misconception that Stockton is better than Nash. That is false.
Let's look at the stats. Although Stockton has a higher career assist average, Nash leads in points, rebounds, and all-around field goal percentage. Nash is a 4x member of the 50-40-90 club, which is very exclusive and holds only 8 members. Nash is a 4x member. Yet, the only other player to make this exclusive club more than once is Larry Bird who did it twice.
The main reason Nash is better then Stockton is because of his accolades. In basketball, the highest form of award is the MVP. Only awarded to one player each season, all fans agree that this is pretty much Hall of Fame clearance. Stockton sits at a whopping 0 MVPs. When looking at Nash, they don't call him MVSteve for nothing.
Nash won the award two times over players like LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Dirk Nowitzki, Tim Duncan, and Allen Iverson. Some say that Nash stole an MVP from Kobe Bryant. But, when looking back at the MVP Voting, Kobe was ranked #4. And even if true, that still gives him one.
That's one more than Dwayne Wade, Scottie Pippen, Clyde Drexler, Jerry West, and of course: John Stockton.
One could make the case that Stockton played during the Jordan era. However, Stockton never cracked the top 6 in MVP voting his entire career.
Stockton holds two great records; most assists of all-time as well as most steals. Stockton was the better player defensively making multiple All-Defensive teams.
Nevertheless, Nash was better during his era and won multiple MVPs. When it comes down to it, the MVP award is the highest honor in basketball. And that gives Nash the edge over Stockton and makes him the better player and gives him a better career.