Suns’ Chris Paul makes NBA history in matchup against Grizzlies
Phoenix Suns star Chris Paul moved up in the history books and is now 6th on the NBA’s all-time assists list. CP3 surpassed Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson after he notched his 9,888th career assist in the first half of their game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night.
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Chris Paul has been doing this his entire career. Thus, it’s no surprise to see him accomplish this feat and come close to notching 10,000 career assists. Previously just ahead of current Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, up next on the Phoenix floor general’s radar is another Lakers great Magic Johnson, who is regarded one of the greatest facilitators in the history of the NBA.
Paul is still playing at an extremely high level in his age-35 season with the Suns, and there’s no reason to think that he won’t eventually surpass Magic. He could very well wind up in the top three all time within the next two seasons, with Steve Nash (10,335) and Mark Jackson (10,334) holding the no. 3 and no. 4 spots respectively. However, reaching the top 2 may be improbable given that he still needs more than 2,000 dimes to get to Jason Kidd, while John Stockton still sits comfortably at the no. 1 spot with 15,806 career assists.
Paul is averaging 8.6 assists in his first season with the Suns, which is just slightly below his career mark of 9.4 assists a night. Success has followed the 10-time All-Star in nearly everywhere he has went. Paul’s arrival in Phoenix has helped this young Suns squad make the jump this season as they look to make the postseason for the first time since 2010.