4. Steve Nash will average 10+ assists a game
This may not come as a shock initially, but allow me to explain. Last season, in his 50 games played, Nash averaged just 6.7 assists. The two immediate responses would be injuries and playing with the ball-dominant Bryant. However, that’s all changed this season. Nash, I suspect, will be given far more free reign offensively as D’Antoni will fully implement his system into the team and given his changing circumstances, he’ll thrive again in the offense.
First, Nash has never had a player like Gasol to work in the pick and roll with, which will be a deadly combo. He’s also been surrounded with shooters, including Young, Meeks, Kelly, and even Bryant. We saw what he did with Grant Hill, Shannon Brown, and Channing Frye in Phoenix. That’s certainly an upgrade in talent in LA. If Bryant’s recovery isn’t on the insane time table that’s been reported and he isn’t back in time to start the season (all very likely), Nash will be asked to lead the team like he did and Phoenix. Even if Bryant is fully healthy, he won’t be expected to carry the load that he was last season. That load will likely be split between Nash and Gasol, creating many more chances for Nash to lead the offense.