10/24/2014 11:10 pm ET Updated Oct 24, 2014

10 Times Steve Nash Made Basketball The 'Beautiful Game'

Had Steve Nash followed in his father's footsteps he may have worn No. 10 all along. In the NBA, it took him 16 seasons before settling on the number with the Los Angeles Lakers.

A two-time NBA MVP Award winner, Nash brought a dynamic attacking flair to the hardwood worthy of eliciting comparisons to legendary point guards but also to the great's in his father's sport: soccer. The son of an England-born soccer player who played professionally in South Africa, Nash made basketball the "beautiful game" with his preternatural court vision and dextrous passing ability. Had he been able to shoot and pass with his feet as well as his hands, he might have been earning comparisons to Lionel Messi and Zinedine Zidane instead of Magic Johnson and Bob Cousy.

With the 40-year-old set to miss the entire 2014-2015 season due to a back injury, let's take a look back at some of the jaw-dropping dimes Nash dropped over what is already a Hall of Fame-caliber career.