Friday 19 January 2018 / 04:39 AM


After last season becoming the first player in NBA history reach the three-fold milestones of 27,000 points, 7,000 rebounds and 7,000 assists, LeBron James has moved his way up to 12th on the all-time list for career assists with 7,820.

Chris Paul, the only other currently player in the top 20 in the league’s history, sits 10th with 8,455 dimes.

But who stands atop the assists charts?

The CBS Top 5 salutes the players that have chalked up the most assists in the NBA.


5. Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson – 10,141

With an average of 11.2 during his storied 906-game tenure with the Lakers (1979-96), ‘Magic’ Johnson towers above the competition for the most assists per game in an NBA career. The legendary point guard was a four-time season assists leader between 1983 and 1987, before John Stockton arrived to take over the assists-king mantle.

4. Mark Jackson – 10,334

The 1988 rookie of the year after bursting on the scene with the Knicks, Jackson was a journeyman and an entertainer during his 1,296-game career, playing with seven franchises and embarking on two stints with both the Knicks and the Pacers. He led the league with 935 assists in 1997 – a total that has not been matched since – at 11.40 per game.

3. Steve Nash – 10,335

Racking up assists at a rate of 8.5 per game in a 17-year NBA career with the Suns, Mavericks and Lakers, two-time MVP Nash led the league five times in the space of seven seasons between 2005-11. He edged Jackson for third spot by a mere one assist.

2. Jason Kidd – 12,091

The mercurial Kidd averaged 8.7 assists across a 1,391-game career with the Mavericks, Suns, Nets and Knicks. He led the NBA five times in six seasons from 1999-2004, before winning a belated championship with the Mavs in 2011.

1. John Stockton – 15,086

Not only is Jazz legend Stockton miles out in front in the career assists stakes, he also owns the three highest season totals in NBA history. The 1,000-assists mark has been achieved just nine times, with Stockton accounting for seven of those (former season assists record-holders Kevin Porter and Isiah Thomas are the only other players to reach the hallowed total). Stockton was the league’s assists leader in nine straight seasons from 1988-96, including a record per game average of 14.54 in the 1989-90 season and a record total of 1,164 in the 1990-91 campaign. Third on the list for most NBA games played, Stockton averaged an incredible 10.5 assists per game – second only to ‘Magic’ Johnson in NBA history.

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Will Evans

CBS’s Editor-in-Chief and lead rugby league, union and cricket writer, Will is a Christchurch-based freelancer, also writing for Big League and Rugby League Review magazines, and The New Daily website. Will has written four rugby league books.

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