With his basket in the second quarter of the game between the Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Lakers on ESPN, Suns point guard Chris Paul became the first player to accumulate 20,000 points and 10,000 assists in a single career.
I repeat: no NBA player has ever reached the 20,000 / 10,000 threshold with points and assists.
Throughout history, Hall of Fame members John Stockton (19.7k, 15.8k), Oscar Robertson (26.7k, 9.8k) and Gary Payton (21.8k, 8.9k) almost reached the 20/10 club.
Among active players, Lakers’ LeBron James is at 299 assists out of 10,000, which puts him on track to reach the same milestone later this season, while Lakers teammate Russell Westbrook is at nearly 2,000. assists, meaning he would need almost three more seasons of over 10 assists per game to join CP3 and LBJ. No other
Paul, 37, is entering his 17th NBA season but shows little sign of slowing down. Last season, he played so well at age 36 that he was part of the All-Star team, the second All-NBA team, received the 5th most MVP votes and reached the final of the NBA for the first time in his career.
Last season, he was 5th all-time in career assists and also ranked 5th all-time in career thefts.
- First with 20,000 points and 10,000 assists
- 5th all-time for assists
- 5th all-time in interceptions
It’s no surprise that again this week, the NBA named Paul as one of the league’s 75 greatest players as part of the league’s celebration of its 75th anniversary as a professional basketball league. . Paul joins four other Suns – Steve Nash, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Jason Kidd – on the list.
This offseason, Paul signed a new four-year, $ 120 million ($ 75 million guaranteed) contract to continue playing for the Phoenix Suns for the rest of his career.
Of the All-Time Top 75, only Steve Nash has spent more than four seasons of his career with the Suns. Paul would score five seasons if he played the entire contract and already joined Nash and Barkley in qualifying their tenure for the Suns as the best seasons of their careers.