Nets coach Steve Nash’s hot take comparing Kyrie Irving to Allen Iverson
For Nash, Irving is the “more skilled” player. However, he emphasized that Iverson’s style of play was different from the Nets point guard.
Steve Nash was asked if Allen Iverson was a fair player comparison for Kyrie Irving. Nash said Kyrie is more skilled and that Iverson was electrifying, a crazy competitor, and one of the all-time greats. Full quote below. pic.twitter.com/YR0TkRNKwg
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Steve Nash pointed out that Allen Iverson was a “crazy competitor.” His ability to draw fouls and get to the line was also what stood out about Iverson to Steve Nash.
On the other hand, the Nets coach admired Kyrie Irving’s ability to score while being very efficient from the floor. This season has been Irving’s best in regards to points per game and field goal, 3-point and free throw percentages. In 15 games so far, Irving has averaged 28.3 points while shooting 53.5 percent from the field, 44.7 percent from beyond the arc, and 94.8 percent from the line.
Though Nash hit the bullseye when commenting about Irving’s offense distinguishing him from others, he has to keep in mind what Iverson did for the City of Brotherly Love when he was with the Philadelphia 76ers. Iverson reached the Finals against a tough Los Angeles Lakers squad with a Sixers team that may not have been the most talented.
Regardless, Irving’s ability to score is undoubtedly comparable to Iverson’s skillset, as both shifty guards are capable in creating space and making tough shots. Kyrie will continue to develop as a player under Nash’s watch, but Iverson will remain as one of the best to ever play the game in the eyes of many.