Rockets’ Chris Paul passes Isiah Thomas for no.7 on all-time assists list
If you really need anything else to convince you that Chris Paul is one of the greatest of all-time, he’s passed a legend. In tonight’s Houston Rockets game against the Dallas Mavericks, Paul got his career assist number 9,062.
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Chris Paul has been having an incredibly strong season since returning from injury, and has been a major part of the Houston Rockets turning on the jets.
Paul is averaging 15.5 points and 8.3 assists per game on the season. He’s been a fantastic compliment to James Harden and gives the team another legitimate threat for opponents to have to worry about.
Most importantly, the Rockets have been on-fire in current weeks (winning seven in a row) and Paul has been an obvious part of that.
Chris Paul is a little over 800 assists away from Oscar Robertson (9,887) for sixth all time. That’s definitely something he could reach by some point next season.
The next three (Magic Johnson, Mark Jackson and Steve Nash) are all within striking distance immediately after that. Nash is the furthest away in third place with 10,335 assists.
After Nash, Jason Kidd is in second place. He’ll be a lot harder for Paul to reach, as he has 12,091 assists in his career. Technically, that’s not out of the question for CP3 to reach before his career is over though.
Of course, in first place on the list is John Stockton – with 15,806. If we’re being honest, that’s a number that Paul simply won’t be able to reach.
However, moving up to seventh all-time on the NBA assists leaders is an impressive feat in itself. Chris Paul has firmly planted himself as one of the greatest of all-time, and it’s getting increasingly impossible for anyone to deny that.