Against the Detroit Pistons, Chris Paul surpassed the 6000 assist mark for his career.
Getting 6000 assists puts Chris Paul in elite company. Prior to Paul only six point guards have notched 6000 or more assists in the ninth season of their career. That list is made up of Magic Johnson, John Stockton, Oscar Robertson, Isiah Thomas, Jason Kidd and Norm Nixon. That’s not a bad bunch to be in the same category with.
“It’s cool, it’s an honor,” said Paul on his milestone, “but I think I’m one of those people who will always say what would it be if I wasn’t hurt all the time. So I think that’s the toughest part. But it’s cool. I think I’ll definitely look back on it later.”
Paul has also led the league in assists twice in his career, while being at least a top-seven assist guy the last eight seasons. With the way this season is going, he’ll make it his ninth straight year in the top seven.
When it comes to assists, this is just another milestone in Paul’s nine year career. While he’s 30th all-time in career assists, Paul is only behind Magic Johnson and John Stockton, two of the best passing point guards in the league’s history, in regards of assist per game with 9.91 per contest.
Currently Paul is 30th on the NBA All-Time Assists leader lists behind Baron Davis who stands at 6025. Based on Paul’s play throughout the season, barring injury, he’ll surpass Davis within the next two or three games.
When it comes to active players only Andre Miller (8105) and Steve Nash (10307) have more career assists than Paul.
As far as the Clippers record books go, surpassing the 6000th assist mark also means Paul makes a jump in their season records. Prior to tonight, Paul was tied at fourth with Mark Jackson (678), but with tonight’s efforts he’ll have the fourth spot sewn all up. While the first place mark of 914 assists in a season by Norm Nixon is out of reach, Paul has a chance to finish second if he can catch Mark Jackson’s record of 724 in the last 12 games of the season.
Chris Paul also leads the Clippers franchise in all-time assists per game (9.8) and is fourth in all-time Clippers assists behind Randy Smith, Gary Grant and Norm Nixon.