List of National Basketball Association career assists leaders

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This article provides two lists:

A list of National Basketball Association players by total career regular season assists recorded.
A progressive list of assist leaders showing how the record increased through the years.

Assist Leaders[edit]

This is a list of National Basketball Association players by total career regular season assists recorded.

Statistics accurate as of the conclusion of the 2014-15 season
^ Active NBA player
* Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Not yet eligible for Hall of Fame consideration[1]
Rank Player Position(s) Team(s) played for (years)[2] Total assists Games played Assists per game
average[3]
1 Stockton, JohnJohn Stockton* PG Utah Jazz (19842003) 15,806 1,504 10.5
2 Kidd, JasonJason Kidd PG Dallas Mavericks (19941996, 20082012)
Phoenix Suns (19962001)
New Jersey Nets (20012008)
New York Knicks (2012–2013)
12,091 1,391 8.7
3 Nash, SteveSteve Nash PG Phoenix Suns (19961998, 20042012)
Dallas Mavericks (19982004)
Los Angeles Lakers (20122014)
10,335 1,217 8.5
4 Jackson, MarkMark Jackson PG New York Knicks (19871992, 20012002)
Los Angeles Clippers (19921994)
Indiana Pacers (19941996, 19972000)
Denver Nuggets (1996–1997)
Toronto Raptors (2000–2001)
Utah Jazz (2002–2003)
Houston Rockets (2004)
10,334 1,296 8.0
5 Johnson, Earvin "Magic"Earvin "Magic" Johnson* PG Los Angeles Lakers (19791991, 1996) 10,141 906 11.2
6 Robertson, OscarOscar Robertson* PG Cincinnati Royals (19601970)
Milwaukee Bucks (19701974)
9,887 1,040 9.5
7 Thomas, IsiahIsiah Thomas* PG Detroit Pistons (19811994) 9,061 979 9.3
8 Payton, GaryGary Payton* PG Seattle SuperSonics (19902003)
Milwaukee Bucks (2003)
Los Angeles Lakers (2003–2004)
Boston Celtics (2004–2005)
Miami Heat (20052007)
8,966 1,335 6.7
9 Miller, AndreAndre Miller^ PG Cleveland Cavaliers (19992002)
Los Angeles Clippers (2002–2003)
Denver Nuggets (20032006, 20112013)
Philadelphia 76ers (20062009)
Portland Trail Blazers (20092011)
Washington Wizards (20132015)
Sacramento Kings (2015–present)
8,437 1,265 6.7
10 Strickland, RodRod Strickland PG New York Knicks (19881990)
San Antonio Spurs (19901992)
Portland Trail Blazers (19921996, 2001)
Washington Bullets/Wizards (19962001)
Miami Heat (2001–2002)
Minnesota Timberwolves (2002–2003)
Orlando Magic (2003–2004)
Toronto Raptors (2004)
Houston Rockets (2005)
7,987 1,094 7.3
11 Cheeks, MauriceMaurice Cheeks PG Philadelphia 76ers (19781989)
San Antonio Spurs (1989–1990)
New York Knicks (19901991)
Atlanta Hawks (1991–1992)
New Jersey Nets (1993)
7,392 1,101 6.7
12 Wilkens, LennyLenny Wilkens* PG St. Louis Hawks (19601968)
Seattle SuperSonics (19681972)
Cleveland Cavaliers (19721974)
Portland Trail Blazers (1974–1975)
7,211 1,077 6.7
13 Porter, TerryTerry Porter PG Portland Trail Blazers (19851995)
Minnesota Timberwolves (19951998)
Miami Heat (1999)
San Antonio Spurs (19992002)
7,160 1,274 5.6
14 Hardaway, TimTim Hardaway PG Golden State Warriors (19891996)
Miami Heat (19962001)
Dallas Mavericks (2001–2002)
Denver Nuggets (2002)
Indiana Pacers (2003)
7,095 867 8.2
15 Cousy, BobBob Cousy* PG Boston Celtics (19501963)
Cincinnati Royals (1970)
6,955 924 7.5
16 Paul, ChrisChris Paul^ PG New Orleans(/Oklahoma City) Hornets (20052011)
Los Angeles Clippers (2011–present)
6,950 699 9.9
17 Rodgers, GuyGuy Rodgers* PG Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors (19581966)
Chicago Bulls (19661967)
Cincinnati Royals (1967–1968)
Milwaukee Bucks (19681970)
6,917 892 7.8
18 Bogues, Tyrone "Muggsy"Tyrone "Muggsy" Bogues PG Washington Bullets (1987–1988)
Charlotte Hornets (19881997)
Golden State Warriors (19971999)
Toronto Raptors (19992001)
6,726 889 7.6
19 Johnson, KevinKevin Johnson PG Cleveland Cavaliers (1987–1988)
Phoenix Suns (19881998, 2000)
6,711 735 9.1
20 Harper, DerekDerek Harper PG Dallas Mavericks (19831994, 1996–1997)
New York Knicks (19941996)
Orlando Magic (1997–1998)
Los Angeles Lakers (1999)
6,577 1,199 5.5
21 Archibald, Nate "Tiny"Nate "Tiny" Archibald* PG Cincinnati Royals/Kansas City(-Omaha) Kings (19701976)
New York Nets (1976–1977)
Boston Celtics (19781983)
Milwaukee Bucks (1983–1984)
6,476 876 7.4
22 Marbury, StephonStephon Marbury PG Minnesota Timberwolves (19961999)
New Jersey Nets (19992001)
Phoenix Suns (20012004)
New York Knicks (20042008)
Boston Celtics (2009)
6,471 846 7.6
23 Lucas II, JohnJohn Lucas II PG Houston Rockets (19761978, 19841986, 1989–1990)
Golden State Warriors (19781981)
Washington Bullets (19811983)
San Antonio Spurs (1983–1984)
Milwaukee Bucks (19871988)
Seattle SuperSonics (1988–1989)
6,454 928 7.0
24 Theus, ReggieReggie Theus PG/SG Chicago Bulls (19781984)
Kansas City/Sacramento Kings (19841988)
Atlanta Hawks (1988–1989)
Orlando Magic (1989–1990)
New Jersey Nets (1990–1991)
6,453 1,026 6.3
25 Nixon, NormNorm Nixon PG/SG Los Angeles Lakers (19771983)
San Diego/Los Angeles Clippers (19831986, 1988–1989)
6,386 768 8.3
26 James, LeBronLeBron James^ SF Cleveland Cavaliers (20032010, 2014–Present)
Miami Heat (20102014)
6,301 911 6.9
27 West, JerryJerry West* SG Los Angeles Lakers (19601974) 6,238 932 6.7
28 Pippen, ScottieScottie Pippen* SF Chicago Bulls (19871998, 2003–2004)
Houston Rockets (1999)
Portland Trail Blazers (19992003)
6,135 1,178 5.2
29 Drexler, ClydeClyde Drexler* SG Portland Trail Blazers (19831995)
Houston Rockets (19951998)
6,125 1,086 5.6
30 Bryant, KobeKobe Bryant^ SG Los Angeles Lakers (1996–present) 6,122 1,280 4.8
31 Havlicek, JohnJohn Havlicek* SF Boston Celtics (19621978) 6,114 1,270 4.8
32 Williams, DeronDeron Williams^ PG Utah Jazz (20052011)
New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets (2011–present)
6,081 716 8.5
33 Davis, BaronBaron Davis PG Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets (19992005)
Golden State Warriors (20052008)
Los Angeles Clippers (20082011)
Cleveland Cavaliers (2011)
New York Knicks (2012)
6,025 835 7.2
34 Blaylock, Daron "Mookie"Daron "Mookie" Blaylock PG New Jersey Nets (19891992)
Atlanta Hawks (19921999)
Golden State Warriors (19992002)
5,972 889 6.7
35 Parker, TonyTony Parker^ PG San Antonio Spurs (2001–present) 5,970 1,008 5.9
36 Cassell, SamSam Cassell PG Houston Rockets (19931996)
Phoenix Suns (1996)
Dallas Mavericks (1996–1997)
New Jersey Nets (19971999)
Milwaukee Bucks (19992003)
Minnesota Timberwolves (20032005)
Los Angeles Clippers (20052008)
Boston Celtics (2008)
5,939 993 6.0
37 Johnson, AveryAvery Johnson PG Seattle SuperSonics (19881990)
Denver Nuggets (1990, 2001–2002)
San Antonio Spurs (19911991, 1992–1993, 19942001)
Houston Rockets (1992)
Golden State Warriors (1993–1994, 2003–2004)
Dallas Mavericks (20022003)
5,846 1,054 5.5
38 Van Exel, NickNick Van Exel PG Los Angeles Lakers (19931998)
Denver Nuggets (19992002)
Dallas Mavericks (20022003)
Golden State Warriors (2003–2004)
Portland Trail Blazers (2004–2005)
San Antonio Spurs (2005–2006)
5,777 880 6.6
39 Bird, LarryLarry Bird* SF Boston Celtics (19791992) 5,695 897 6.3
40 Abdul-Jabbar, KareemKareem Abdul-Jabbar*[4] C Milwaukee Bucks (19691975)
Los Angeles Lakers (19751989)
5,660 1,560 3.6
41 Billups, ChaunceyChauncey Billups PG Boston Celtics (1997–1998)
Toronto Raptors (1998)
Denver Nuggets (1999, 20082011)
Minnesota Timberwolves (20002002)
Detroit Pistons (20022008, 20132014)
New York Knicks (2011)
Los Angeles Clippers (20112013)
5,636 1,043 5.4
42 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* SG Chicago Bulls (19841993, 19951998)
Washington Wizards (20012003)
5,633 1,072 5.3
43 Iverson, AllenAllen Iverson PG/SG Philadelphia 76ers (19962006, 2009–2010)
Denver Nuggets (20062008)
Detroit Pistons (2008–2009)
Memphis Grizzlies (2009)
5,624 914 6.2
44 Bibby, MikeMike Bibby PG Vancouver Grizzlies (19992001)
Sacramento Kings (20012008)
Atlanta Hawks (20082011)
Washington Wizards (2011)
Miami Heat (2011)
New York Knicks (2011–2012)
5,517 1,001 5.5
45 Johnson, DennisDennis Johnson* PG Seattle SuperSonics (19761980)
Phoenix Suns (19801983)
Boston Celtics (19831990)
5,499 1,100 5.0
46 Bing, DaveDave Bing* PG Detroit Pistons (19661975)
Washington Bullets (19751977)
Boston Celtics (1977–1978)
5,397 901 6.0
47 Garnett, KevinKevin Garnett^ PF/C Minnesota Timberwolves (19952007), (2015–present)
Boston Celtics (20072013)
Brooklyn Nets (20132015)
5,383 1,424 3.8
48 Stoudamire, DamonDamon Stoudamire PG Toronto Raptors (19951998)
Portland Trail Blazers (19982005)
Memphis Grizzlies (20052007)
San Antonio Spurs (2008)
5,371 878 6.1
49 Porter, KevinKevin Porter PG Baltimore/Capital/Washington Bullets (19721975, (19791981, 1982–83)
Detroit Pistons (19751977, 1978–1979)
New Jersey Nets (1977–1978)
5,314 659 8.1
50 Hornacek, JeffJeff Hornacek SG Phoenix Suns (19861992)
Philadelphia 76ers (19921994)
Utah Jazz (19942000)
5,281 1,077 4.9

Progressive List of Assist Leaders[edit]

This is a progressive list of assist leaders showing how the record increased through the years.[5]

Statistics accurate as of the end of the games of April 15, 2015.
^ Active NBA player
* Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Not yet eligible for Hall of Fame consideration[1]


Team Abbreviations Team listed is the one player was on when he established the record.
BOS Boston Celtics DEN Denver Nuggets LAL Los Angeles Lakers PHO Phoenix Suns SDC San Diego Clippers
BUF Buffalo Braves DET Detroit Pistons MIA Miami Heat PHW Philadelphia Warriors SEA Seattle SuperSonics
CHI Chicago Bulls FTW Fort Wayne Pistons MIL Milwaukee Bucks POR Portland Trail Blazers SFW San Francisco Warriors
CHS Chicago Stags HOU Houston Rockets NJN New Jersey Nets PRO Providence Steamrollers UTA Utah Jazz
CIN Cincinnati Royals IND Indiana Pacers NOH New Orleans Hornets ROC Rochester Royals WAS Washington Wizards
CLE Cleveland Cavaliers KCO Kansas City-Omaha Kings NYK New York Knicks SAC Sacramento Kings WSB Washington Bullets
DAL Dallas Mavericks LAC Los Angeles Clippers PHI Philadelphia 76ers SAS San Antonio Spurs
Assists Leaders and Records at the end of every season
Season Year-by-Year Leader Ast Active Player Assist Leader Ast Career Assist Record Ast Single Season Assist Record Ast Season
1946-47 Ernie Calverley000PRO 202 Ernie Calverley000PRO 202 Ernie Calverley000PRO 202 Ernie Calverley000PRO 202 1946-47
1947-48 Howie Dallmar000PHW 120 321 321 1947-48
1948-49 Bob Davies*000ROC 321 572 572 Bob Davies*000ROC 321 1948-49
1949-50 Dick McGuire*000NYK 386 Andy Phillip*
000CHS 1949–50
000PHW 1950–52
000FTW 1952–56
000BOS 1956–57
770 Andy Phillip*
000CHS 1949–50
000PHW 1950–52
000FTW 1952–56
000BOS 1956–57
770 Dick McGuire*000NYK 386 1949-50
1950-51 Andy Phillip*000PHW 414 1184 1184 Andy Phillip*000PHW 414 1950-51
1951-52 539 1723 1723 539 1951-52
1952-53 Bob Cousy*000BOS 547 2120 2120 Bob Cousy*000BOS 547 1952-53
1953-54 518 2569 2569 1953-54
1954-55 557 3060 3060 557 1954-55
1955-56 642 3470 3470 642 1955-56
1956-57 478 3638 3638 1956-57
1957-58 463 Bob Cousy*000BOS 3987 Bob Cousy*000BOS 3987 1957-58
1958-59 557 4544 4544 1958-59
1959-60 715 5259 5259 715 1959-60
1960-61 Oscar Robertson*000CIN 690 5846 5846 1960-61
1961-62 899 6430 6430 Oscar Robertson*000CIN 899 1961-62
1962-63 Guy Rodgers*000SFW 825 6945 6945 1962-63
1963-64 Oscar Robertson*000CIN 868 Guy Rodgers*000SFW 3444 1963-64
1964-65 861 Oscar Robertson*
000CIN 1964–70
000MIL 1970–74
4076 1964-65
1965-66 847 4923 1965-66
1966-67 Guy Rodgers*000CHI 908 5768 Guy Rodgers*000CHI 908 1966-67
1967-68 Wilt Chamberlain*000PHI 702 6401 1967-68
1968-69 Oscar Robertson*000CIN 772 7173 Oscar Robertson*
000CIN 1968–70
000MIL 1970–74
7173 1968-69
1969-70 Lenny Wilkens*000SEA 683 7731 7731 1969-70
1970-71 Norm Van Lier000CIN 832 8399 8399 1970-71
1971-72 Lenny Wilkens*000SEA 766 8890 8890 1971-72
1972-73 Tiny Archibald*000KCO 910 9441 9441 Tiny Archibald*000KCO 910 1972-73
1973-74 Ernie DiGregorio000BUF 663 9887 9887 1973-74
1974-75 Kevin Porter000WSB 650 Lenny Wilkens*000POR 7211 1974-75
1975-76 Slick Watts000SEA 661 John Havlicek*000BOS 5386 1975-76
1976-77 Don Buse000IND 685 5786 1976-77
1977-78 Kevin Porter0DET & NJN 1977–78
0001978–79 DET
837 6114 1977-78
1978-79 1099 Norm Van Lier000MIL 5217 Kevin Porter000DET 1099 1978-79
1979-80 Micheal Ray Richardson000NYK 832 Walt Frazier*000CLE 5040 1979-80
1980-81 Kevin Porter000WSB 734 Tiny Archibald*
000BOS 1980-83
000MIL 1983–84
5366 1980-81
1981-82 Johnny Moore000SAS 762 5907 1981-82
1982-83 Magic Johnson*000LAL 829 6316 1982-83
1983-84 Norm Nixon000SDC 914 6476 1983-84
1984-85 Isiah Thomas*000DET 1123 Norm Nixon000LAC 5471 Isiah Thomas*000DET 1123 1984-85
1985-86 Magic Johnson*000LAL 907 6047 1985-86
1986-87 977 Magic Johnson*000LAL 6179 1986-87
1987-88 John Stockton*000UTA 1128 7037 John Stockton*000UTA 1128 1987-88
1988-89 1118 8025 1988-89
1989-90 1134 8932 1134 1989-90
1990-91 1164 9921 Magic Johnson*000LAL 9921 1164 1990-91
1991-92 1126 Isiah Thomas*000DET 7991 1991-92
1992-93 987 8662 1992-93
1993-94 1031 John Stockton*000UTA 9383 1993-94
1994-95 1011 10394 John Stockton*000UTA 10394 1994-95
1995-96 916 11310 11310 1995-96
1996-97 Mark Jackson000DEN & IND 935 12170 12170 1996-97
1997-98 Rod Strickland000WAS 801 12713 12713 1997-98
1998-99 Jason Kidd 000PHO 539 13087 13087 1998-99
1999-00 Gary Payton*000SEA 732 13790 13790 1999-00
2000-01 Jason Kidd 000PHO 753 14503 14503 2000-01
2001-02 Andre Miller^000CLE 882 15177 15177 2001-02
2002-03 Jason Kidd 000NJN 711 15806 15806 2002-03
2003-04 Stephon Marbury000PHO 719 Mark Jackson000HOU 10334 2003-04
2004-05 Steve Nash 000PHO 861 Gary Payton*
000BOS 2004-05
000MIA 2005-07
8508 2004-05
2005-06 826 8765 2005-06
2006-07 884 8966 2006-07
2007-08 Chris Paul^000NOH 925 Jason Kidd
000NJN 2007–08
000DAL 2008–12
000NYK 2012–13
9497 2007-08
2008-09 861 10199 2008-09
2009-10 Steve Nash 000PHO 892 10923 2009-10
2010-11 855 11578 2010-11
2011-12 664 11842 2011-12
2012-13 Greivis Vasquez^000NOH 704 12091 2012-13
2013-14 John Wall^000WAS 721 Steve Nash 000LAL 10335 2013-14
2014-15 Chris Paul^000LAC 838 Andre Miller^000SAC 8437 2014-15
Season Year-by-Year Leader Ast Active Player Assist Leader Ast Career Assist Record Ast Single Season Assist Record Ast Season

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b A player is not eligible for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame until he has been fully retired for five calendar years or is deceased; player was not eligible for induction upon the commencement of the 2013–14 NBA season.
  2. ^ American Basketball Association (ABA) teams other than those admitted into the NBA in 1976 are not included; each year is linked to an article about that particular NBA season.
  3. ^ Average is rounded to the nearest tenth.
  4. ^ Known as Lew Alcindor prior to May 1, 1971.
  5. ^ "NBA Progressive Leaders and Records for Assists". Basketball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 

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