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
Progressive assist leaders list

Assist Leaders[edit]

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

Statistics accurate as March 23, 2017.
^ Active NBA player
* Inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
Not yet eligible for Hall of Fame consideration[1]
§ 1st time eligible for Hall of Fame in 2017 [2]
Only players with at least 50 win shares are shown for 1st time eligible Hall of Fame consideration.
Win Shares is a player statistic which attempts to divvy up credit for team success to the individuals on the team.[3]
Rank Player Position(s) Team(s) played for (years)[4] Total assists Games
played
Assists
per game
average[5]
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 (20122015)
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 (2003–2004)
10,334 1,296 8.0
5 Johnson, MagicMagic 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)
Minnesota Timberwolves (20152016)
San Antonio Spurs (2016)
8,524 1,304 6.5
10 Paul, ChrisChris Paul^ PG New Orleans(/Oklahoma City) Hornets (20052011)
Los Angeles Clippers (2011–present)
8,165 825 9.9
11 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
12 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
13 James, LeBronLeBron James^ SF Cleveland Cavaliers (20032010, 2014–present)
Miami Heat (20102014)
7,375 1,051 7
14 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
15 Porter, TerryTerry Porter PG Portland Trail Blazers (19851995)
Minnesota Timberwolves (19951998)
Miami Heat (1998–1999)
San Antonio Spurs (19992002)
7,160 1,274 5.6
16 Hardaway, TimTim Hardaway PG Golden State Warriors (19891993, 1995--1996)
Miami Heat (19962001)
Dallas Mavericks (2001–2002)
Denver Nuggets (2002)
Indiana Pacers (2003)
7,095 867 8.2
17 Cousy, BobBob Cousy* PG Boston Celtics (19501963)
Cincinnati Royals (1969–1970)
6,955 924 7.5
18 Rodgers, GuyGuy Rodgers* PG Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors (19581966)
Chicago Bulls (19661967)
Cincinnati Royals (1967–1968)
Milwaukee Bucks (19681970)
6,917 892 7.8
19 Williams, DeronDeron Williams^ PG Utah Jazz (20052011)
New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets (20112015)
Dallas Mavericks (20152017)
Cleveland Cavaliers (2017–present)
6,777 833 8.1
20 Bogues, MuggsyMuggsy Bogues PG Washington Bullets (1987–1988)
Charlotte Hornets (19881997)
Golden State Warriors (19971999)
Toronto Raptors (19992001)
6,726 889 7.6
21 Johnson, KevinKevin Johnson PG Cleveland Cavaliers (1987–1988)
Phoenix Suns (19881998, 2000)
6,711 735 9.1
22 Parker, TonyTony Parker^ PG San Antonio Spurs (2001–present) 6,602 1,133 5.8
23 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
24 Archibald, NateNate Archibald* PG Cincinnati Royals/Kansas City(-Omaha) Kings (19701976)
New York Nets (1976–1977)
Buffalo Braves (19771978)
Boston Celtics (19781983)
Milwaukee Bucks (1983–1984)
6,476 876 7.4
25 Marbury, StephonStephon Marbury PG Minnesota Timberwolves (19961999)
New Jersey Nets (19992001)
Phoenix Suns (20012004)
New York Knicks (20042009)
Boston Celtics (2009)
6,471 846 7.6
26 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 (19861988)
Seattle SuperSonics (1988–1989)
6,454 928 7.0
27 Theus, ReggieReggie Theus SG/PG 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
28 Nixon, NormNorm Nixon PG Los Angeles Lakers (19771983)
San Diego/Los Angeles Clippers (19831986, 1989)
6,386 768 8.3
29 Bryant, KobeKobe Bryant SG Los Angeles Lakers (19962016) 6,306 1,346 4.7
30 West, JerryJerry West* PG Los Angeles Lakers (19601974) 6,238 932 6.7
31 Pippen, ScottieScottie Pippen* SF Chicago Bulls (19871998, 2003–2004)
Houston Rockets (1998–1999)
Portland Trail Blazers (19992003)
6,135 1,178 5.2
32 Drexler, ClydeClyde Drexler* SG Portland Trail Blazers (19831995)
Houston Rockets (19951998)
6,125 1,086 5.6
33 Havlicek, JohnJohn Havlicek* SF/SG Boston Celtics (19621978) 6,114 1,270 4.8
34 Davis, BaronBaron Davis§ PG Charlotte Hornets (19992002)
New Orleans Hornets (20022005)
Golden State Warriors (20052008)
Los Angeles Clippers (20082011)
Cleveland Cavaliers (2011)
New York Knicks (2011–2012)
6,025 835 7.2
35 Rondo, RajonRajon Rondo^ PG Boston Celtics (20062014)
Dallas Mavericks (20142015)
Sacramento Kings (20152016)
Chicago Bulls (2016–present)
6,017 707 8.5
36 Blaylock, MookieMookie Blaylock PG New Jersey Nets (19891992)
Atlanta Hawks (19921999)
Golden State Warriors (19992002)
5,972 889 6.7
37 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
38 Johnson, AveryAvery Johnson PG Seattle SuperSonics (19881990)
Denver Nuggets (1990, 2001–2002)
San Antonio Spurs (1991, 1992–1993, 19942001)
Houston Rockets (1992)
Golden State Warriors (1993–1994, 2003–2004)
Dallas Mavericks (20022003)
5,846 1,054 5.5
39 Van Exel, NickNick Van Exel PG/SG Los Angeles Lakers (19931998)
Denver Nuggets (19982002)
Dallas Mavericks (20022003)
Golden State Warriors (2003–2004)
Portland Trail Blazers (2004–2005)
San Antonio Spurs (2005–2006)
5,777 880 6.6
40 Bird, LarryLarry Bird* SF/PF Boston Celtics (19791992) 5,695 897 6.3
41 Abdul-Jabbar, KareemKareem Abdul-Jabbar*[6] C Milwaukee Bucks (19691975)
Los Angeles Lakers (19751989)
5,660 1,560 3.6
42 Billups, ChaunceyChauncey Billups PG/SG Boston Celtics (1997–1998)
Toronto Raptors (1998–1999)
Denver Nuggets (1999–2000, 20082011)
Minnesota Timberwolves (20002002)
Detroit Pistons (20022008, 20132014)
New York Knicks (2011)
Los Angeles Clippers (20112013)
5,636 1,043 5.4
43 Jordan, MichaelMichael Jordan* SG Chicago Bulls (19841993, 19951998)
Washington Wizards (20012003)
5,633 1,072 5.3
44 Iverson, AllenAllen Iverson* SG/PG Philadelphia 76ers (19962006, 2009–2010)
Denver Nuggets (20062008)
Detroit Pistons (2008–2009)
Memphis Grizzlies (2009)
5,624 914 6.2
45 Bibby, MikeMike Bibby§ PG Vancouver Grizzlies (19982001)
Sacramento Kings (20012008)
Atlanta Hawks (20082011)
Washington Wizards (2011)
Miami Heat (2011)
New York Knicks (2011–2012)
5,517 1,001 5.5
46 Johnson, DennisDennis Johnson* PG/SG Seattle SuperSonics (19761980)
Phoenix Suns (19801983)
Boston Celtics (19831990)
5,499 1,100 5.0
47 Garnett, KevinKevin Garnett PF/C Minnesota Timberwolves (19952007, 20152016)
Boston Celtics (20072013)
Brooklyn Nets (20132015)
5,445 1,462 3.7
48 Bing, DaveDave Bing* PG Detroit Pistons (19661975)
Washington Bullets (19751977)
Boston Celtics (1977–1978)
5,397 901 6.0
49 Stoudamire, DamonDamon Stoudamire PG Toronto Raptors (19951998)
Portland Trail Blazers (19982005)
Memphis Grizzlies (20052008)
San Antonio Spurs (2008)
5,371 878 6.1
50 Terry, JasonJason Terry^ SG/PG Atlanta Hawks (19992004)
Dallas Mavericks (20042012)
Boston Celtics (2012–2013)
Brooklyn Nets (2013–2014)
Houston Rockets (20142016)
Milwaukee Bucks (2016–present)
5,345 1,348 4

Progressive List of Assist Leaders[edit]

This is a progressive list of assist leaders showing how the record increased through the years.[7]

Statistics accurate as of March 23, 2017.
^ 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 PHI Philadelphia 76ers SAS San Antonio Spurs
BUF Buffalo Braves DET Detroit Pistons MIA Miami Heat PHO Phoenix Suns SDC San Diego Clippers
CHI Chicago Bulls FTW Fort Wayne Pistons MIL Milwaukee Bucks PHW Philadelphia Warriors SEA Seattle SuperSonics
CHS Chicago Stags HOU Houston Rockets NJN New Jersey Nets POR Portland Trail Blazers SFW San Francisco Warriors
CIN Cincinnati Royals IND Indiana Pacers NOH New Orleans Hornets PRO Providence Steamrollers UTA Utah Jazz
CLE Cleveland Cavaliers KCO Kansas City-Omaha Kings NYK New York Knicks ROC Rochester Royals WAS Washington Wizards
DAL Dallas Mavericks LAC Los Angeles Clippers OKC Oklahoma City Thunder SAC Sacramento Kings WSB Washington Bullets
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 1,184 1,184 Andy Phillip*000PHW 414 1950–51
1951–52 539 1,723 1,723 539 1951–52
1952–53 Bob Cousy*000BOS 547 2,120 2,120 Bob Cousy*000BOS 547 1952–53
1953–54 518 2,569 2,569 1953–54
1954–55 557 3,060 3,060 557 1954–55
1955–56 642 3,470 3,470 642 1955–56
1956–57 478 3,638 3,638 1956–57
1957–58 463 Bob Cousy*000BOS 3,987 Bob Cousy*000BOS 3,987 1957–58
1958–59 557 4,544 4,544 1958–59
1959–60 715 5,259 5,259 715 1959–60
1960–61 Oscar Robertson*000CIN 690 5,846 5,846 1960–61
1961–62 899 6,430 6,430 Oscar Robertson*000CIN 899 1961–62
1962–63 Guy Rodgers*000SFW 825 6,945 6,945 1962–63
1963–64 Oscar Robertson*000CIN 868 Guy Rodgers*000SFW 3,444 1963–64
1964–65 861 Oscar Robertson*
000CIN 1964–70
000MIL 1970–74
4,076 1964–65
1965–66 847 4,923 1965–66
1966–67 Guy Rodgers*000CHI 908 5,768 Guy Rodgers*000CHI 908 1966–67
1967–68 Wilt Chamberlain*000PHI 702 6,401 1967–68
1968–69 Oscar Robertson*000CIN 772 7,173 Oscar Robertson*
000CIN 1968–70
000MIL 1970–74
7,173 1968–69
1969–70 Lenny Wilkens*000SEA 683 7,731 7,731 1969–70
1970–71 Norm Van Lier000CIN 832 8,399 8,399 1970–71
1971–72 Lenny Wilkens*000SEA 766 8,890 8,890 1971–72
1972–73 Tiny Archibald*000KCO 910 9,441 9,441 Tiny Archibald*000KCO 910 1972–73
1973–74 Ernie DiGregorio000BUF 663 9,887 9,887 1973–74
1974–75 Kevin Porter000WSB 650 Lenny Wilkens*000POR 7,211 1974–75
1975–76 Slick Watts000SEA 661 John Havlicek*000BOS 5,386 1975–76
1976–77 Don Buse000IND 685 5,786 1976–77
1977–78 Kevin Porter
0DET & NJN 1977–78
0DET 1978–79
837 6,114 1977–78
1978–79 1,099 Norm Van Lier000MIL 5,217 Kevin Porter000DET 1,099 1978–79
1979–80 Micheal Ray Richardson000NYK 832 Walt Frazier*000CLE 5,040 1979–80
1980–81 Kevin Porter000WSB 734 Tiny Archibald*
000BOS 1980–83
000MIL 1983–84
5,366 1980–81
1981–82 Johnny Moore000SAS 762 5,907 1981–82
1982–83 Magic Johnson*000LAL 829 6,316 1982–83
1983–84 Norm Nixon000SDC 914 6,476 1983–84
1984–85 Isiah Thomas*000DET 1,123 Norm Nixon000LAC 5,471 Isiah Thomas*000DET 1,123 1984–85
1985–86 Magic Johnson*000LAL 907 6,047 1985–86
1986–87 977 Magic Johnson*000LAL 6,179 1986–87
1987–88 John Stockton*000UTA 1,128 7,037 John Stockton*000UTA 1,128 1987–88
1988–89 1,118 8,025 1988–89
1989–90 1,134 8,932 1,134 1989–90
1990–91 1,164 9,921 Magic Johnson*000LAL 9,921 1,164 1990–91
1991–92 1,126 Isiah Thomas*000DET 7,991 1991–92
1992–93 987 8,662 1992–93
1993–94 1,031 John Stockton*000UTA 9,383 1993–94
1994–95 1,011 10,394 John Stockton*000UTA 10,394 1994–95
1995–96 916 11,310 11,310 1995–96
1996–97 Mark Jackson000DEN & IND 935 12,170 12,170 1996–97
1997–98 Rod Strickland000WAS 801 12,713 12,713 1997–98
1998–99 Jason Kidd000PHO 539 13,087 13,087 1998–99
1999–00 Gary Payton*000SEA 732 13,790 13,790 1999–00
2000–01 Jason Kidd000PHO 753 14,503 14,503 2000–01
2001–02 Andre Miller000CLE 882 15,177 15,177 2001–02
2002–03 Jason Kidd000NJN 711 15,806 15,806 2002–03
2003–04 Stephon Marbury000PHO 719 Mark Jackson000HOU 10,334 2003–04
2004–05 Steve Nash000PHO 861 Gary Payton*
000BOS 2004–05
000MIA 2005–07
8,508 2004–05
2005–06 826 8,765 2005–06
2006–07 884 8,966 2006–07
2007–08 Chris Paul^000NOH 925 Jason Kidd
000NJN 2007–08
000DAL 2008–12
000NYK 2012–13
9,497 2007–08
2008–09 861 10,199 2008–09
2009–10 Steve Nash000PHO 892 10,923 2009–10
2010–11 855 11,578 2010–11
2011–12 664 11,842 2011–12
2012–13 Greivis Vásquez^000NOH 704 12,091 2012–13
2013–14 John Wall^000WAS 721 Steve Nash000LAL 10,335 2013–14
2014–15 Chris Paul^000LAC 838 Andre Miller
000SAC 2014–15
000MIN 2015–16
000SAS 2016
8,437 2014–15
2015–16 Rajon Rondo^000SAC 839 8,524 2015–16
2016–17 James Harden^000HOU 786 Chris Paul^000LAC 8,165 2016–17
Season Year-by-Year Leader Ast Active Player Assist Leader Ast Career Assist Record Ast Single Season Assist Record Ast Season


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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 four calendar years (reduced from five in 2015); player was not eligible for induction upon the commencement of the 2015–16 NBA season.
  2. ^ "2017 Hall of Fame Candidates". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  3. ^ "NBA Win Shares". Basketball-reference.com. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Average is rounded to the nearest tenth.
  6. ^ Previously known as Lew Alcindor prior to an official name change on May 1, 1971.
  7. ^ "NBA Progressive Leaders and Records for Assists". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 

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