PHOENIX SUNS

Dudley: Steve Nash is more valuable than Kobe Bryant

Apr 5, 2011, 3:22 PM | Updated: 5:49 pm

Anyone who thinks the Phoenix Suns don’t need Steve Nash has obviously watched the last two games, and a majority of the season, with their eyes closed. For most people the question isn’t if they need him but just how important he is to the franchise.

If you ask team president Lon Babby he’ll tell you he’s the celestial bodies of the Suns solar system. If you ask forward Jared Dudley he’ll take it one step further and tell you he’s more important than one of the league’s biggest stars.

“Steve Nash is more valuable to our team, and I’m honestly saying this, than a Kobe Bryant is to the Lakers,” he told Sports 620 KTAR’s Doug and Wolf. “With the triangle they still have [Pau] Gasol who you run it through. We don’t have that person to run it through. When he’s not going to be there, the scoreboard might not look like we’re playing hard but we were out there as a team trying to grind it out. It’s just difficult.”

More important than Kobe? Those are strong words for a NBA player to say about anyone let alone about a 37-year-old guard who’s team failed to make the playoffs.

Although the statement seems brash, the statistics back up Dudley’s assertion.

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