One of my colleagues for the site I write for stated that our head athletic trainer, Aaron Nelson, is actually our MVP this year. It’s hard to argue against that. He and his staff have kept Nash, Shaq, Grant Hill, and knee-surgery-Amare healthy and active in an up-tempo pace.
The Suns have made a commitment not to run Nash into the ground this year. Why? Because the same old formula didn’t work in the playoffs time after time. They made a conscious effort to surround Nash with more play makers and (attempt) to find him a capable back-up point guard; though it hasn’t panned out the way we thought it would with Goran Dragic. The Suns got off to a slow start initially because they completely stopped running.
At that point, anyone in the league could’ve done Nash’s job which, essentially, was dumping the ball into Shaq or Amare. When the Suns realized that wasn’t working they adjusted (something D’Antoni never was good at). Now, with the addition of J-Rich giving Nash another Joe Johnson-type player – and Nash is creating again getting 11 or more assists in 5 of the last 6 games.