The 21 greatest NBA players who never scored 50 points in a game

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5) Steve Nash

Two-time MVP Steve Nash has the distinction of being one of the few MVPs to have never scored 50 points. Perhaps that isn't all that surprising considering that he led the NBA in assists five times over the course of his legendary career.

His true value came from setting up teammates like Dirk Nowitzki and, later, Amare Stoudimire. Be that as it may, Nash was one of the best shooters of his era, even though he only averaged 14.3 points per game over his career.

When he wanted to or was forced to, he could score, as evident by his career high of 42 points. However, offensive outbursts like that came few and far in between for Nash but given how his career played out, it's hard to fault him.

Nash helped turn the Dallas Mavericks into a contender, then returned to the Phoenix Suns in his 30s and turned them into a title contender. He also helped revolutionize NBA offenses with "seven seconds or less." Without those Nash-led Suns teams, the NBA would look very different now, making him one of the more important players of the last 25 years.