Nov 26, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul (3) passes the ball against the New Orleans Hornets during the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Christopher Emmanuel Paul reaches 5,000 Assist Plateau

Chris Paul has now reached the 5,000 Assist plateau in his lustrous career. He is the 53rd player to reach the 5,000 mark. Paul was able to achieve this feat the 4th fastest in NBA history (510 Games)

Notable active players with 5,000 assists
1. Jason Kidd 11,919 (2nd in History)
2. Steve Nash 9,924
3. Andre Miller 7,608
4. Baron Davis 6,025
5. Chauncey Billups 5,552
6. Kobe Bryant 5,549
7. Mike Bibby 5,517
8. Kevin Garnett 5,122

How it all happen:

Assist No. 4,992: Paul spins between Austin Rivers and Robin Lopez before dishing to DeAndre Jordan for a right-handed layup.

Assist No. 4,993: Paul uses an inside-out dribble on Rivers, a throws one-handed pass to Jordan for a dunk on the possession following his first assist.

Assist No. 4,994: Paul gets into the lane with a between the legs dribble and kicks it to Willie Green in left corner for a 3-pointer.

Assist No. 4,995: Paul drives into the lane, draws help from Anthony Davis and slides a pass in between defenders for a baseline dunk from Griffin.

Assist No. 4,996: Driving right, Paul hangs in the air and finds Griffin cutting to the basket on the left baseline for a dunk.

Assist No. 4,997: Paul finds Lamar Odom on the left baseline for a wide-open jumper.

Assist No. 4,998: Almost immediately after re-entering the game in the second quarter, Paul drives past Greivis Vasquez on the right baseline and lobs it up to DeAndre Jordan for an alley-oop on the opposite side of the rim. Jordan was fouled on the play as well, but missed the free throw.

Assist No. 4,999: On perhaps his most pedestrian assist of the night, Paul passes to Caron Butler, who drives into lane, half spins and hits jumper.

Assist No. 5,000: He misses a baseline jumper, but grabs his own rebound and finds Griffin under the basket for a dunk and a foul. Griffin made the ensuing free throw.


Christopher Emmanuel Paul is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Los Angeles Clippers of the NBA. He currently serves as one of the vice presidents of the National Basketball Players Association.
Born: May 6, 1985 (age 27), Winston-Salem
Height: 6′ 0″ (1.83 m)
Spouse: Jada Crawley (m. 2011)
Salary: 16.65 million USD (2012)
Children: Christopher Emmanuel Paul II, Camryn Alexis Paul
Education: Wake Forest University, West Forsyth High School

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