Tuesday 24 October 2017 / 06:51 PM


LeBron James has become the first player in NBA history reach the three-fold milestones of 27,000 points, 7,000 rebounds and 7,000 assists.

Passing the latter mark in his most recent outing, LeBron sits 16th on the all-time career assists leaderboard, having recently moved past Bob Cousy and now bearing down on Tim Hardaway.

But who stands atop the assists charts?

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


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, but he 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 assist 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. 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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