With 9346 assists to his name in the regular season, LeBron James is already 8th on the all-time assists leaderboard. He could finish at 3rd position by the end of his career.
As one of the most complete offensive players of all time, LeBron James has averaged over 7 assists per game through his regular season career. He has been one of the league’s best passers for several years now.
James led the NBA with 10.2 assists per game this season – a career-high figure for him as well.
How can LeBron James finish 3rd on all-time assists leaderboard?
Steve Nash is currently 3rd all time on the assists leaderboard. Nash has 10335 assists to his name, 1 more than former Warriors coach and Pacers guard Mark Jackson.
If LeBron averages 7 assists per game and plays a total of 142 games over the next 2 seasons, he will overtake the duo for 3rd place.
Five of the top 7 retired all-time assists leaders have been hired as NBA coaches without previous coaching experience.
1. John Stockton
2. Jason Kidd*
3. Steve Nash*
4. Mark Jackson*
5. Magic Johnson*
6. Oscar Robertson
7. Isiah Thomas*
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LeBron has always been vehemently a pass-first player. Averaging over 9 assists per game is a strong possibility for him through the next couple of seasons.
James has shown no signs of slowing down despite playing in his 17th season currently. At 35, he has the chance to play at least 2 more seasons at an elite level.
There have been many players in NBA history with elite passing skills. Few, except John Stockton and Jason Kidd, have had the longevity to do it for over 15 seasons at a high level. None of them have also been scoring threats like LeBron.