National Basketball Association all-time assists leaders 1946-2020

John Stockton is the all-time assists leader of the National Basketball Association with a total of 15,806 assists in his career. The highest ranked player still active in the NBA is Chris Paul of the Houston Rockets, who has a total of 9,523 assists to his name.

Basketball legends

In basketball, an assist is awarded to the player who passes the ball to a teammate to score. John Stockton, who spent his entire career from 1984 to 2003 as a point guard for the Utah Jazz, is the runaway leader for assists in the NBA. One of the few still active players on the list is LeBron James, who currently stands in eighth place with his 9,199 assists. The basketball legend, who currently plays for the Los Angeles Lakers having moved from the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014, also sits third on the list of NBA all-time scoring leaders.

King of the Playoffs

LeBron is the undisputed king of the playoffs, having scored a total of 6,911 in playoff games during his career. In his stints at the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat, James made the playoffs for 14 straight seasons from 2004/05 to 2017/18. He made a high profile move to the Los Angeles Lakers at the start of the 2018/19 season, but everything did not go quite to plan – James missed the playoffs for the first time since 2005 and failed to reach the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010. Despite disappointment on the court, LeBron’s move was undoubtedly a commercial success for the Lakers – the regular season home attendance went up in the 2018/19 season and the franchise value reached a record 3.7 billion U.S. dollars.

NBA all-time leaders - total number of assists* as of February 11, 2020

NBA playerNumber of assists
John Stockton15,806
Jason Kidd12,091
Steve Nash10,335
Mark Jackson10,334
Magic Johnson10,141
Oscar Robertson9,887
Chris Paul9,523
LeBron James9,199
Isiah Thomas9,061
Gary Payton8,966
Andre Miller8,524
Rod Strickland7,987
Maurice Cheeks7,392
Russell Westbrook7,216
Lenny Wilkens7,211
Terry Porter7,160
Rajon Rondo7,175
Tim Hardaway7,095
Tony Parker7,036
Bob Cousy6,955
Guy Rodgers6,917
Deron Williams6,819
Muggsy Bogues6,726
Kevin Johnson6,711
Derek Harper6,577
Nate Archibald6,476
Stephon Marbury6,471
John Lucas6,454
Reggie Theus6,453
Norm Nixon6,386
Kobe Bryant6,306
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Release date

February 2020


North America

Survey time period

1946 to 2020

Supplementary notes

* Regular season.

Players in bold are active players.

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