Moving into the NBA is beyond the stage of throwing the ball to the next man. It takes a lot of precision to give your teammate a decent chance to convert.
While providing assists is not an entirely easy task, Chris Paul has done it at an incredibly high pace, providing over 10,000 assists over the course of their career.
It takes a special type of player to set up a scoring teammate in the NBA, and CP3 is one of them. He is the only active player in the top five of the all-time assists chart (with 10,275 assists).
Paul has a good chance of moving higher on the list as he just signed a four-year contract with the Phoenix Suns.
Either way, beating John Stockton as the all-time support leader might not be achievable. Despite being retired, his number of assists stands at 15,806.
Who could cross the 10,000 assists mark in the 2021-22 NBA season?
LeBron James has demonstrated his playmaking abilities multiple times in the league and has the best chance of joining the elite club of players with over 10,000 assists. He is currently ranked 8th in the all-time assists chart (9,696) but will undoubtedly reach the 10,000 mark in the coming season.
LBJ is 3,000 points away from overtaking Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the all-time leading scorer in the NBA, but the Ohio native has chosen to focus more on his assists.
Although he has a traditional point guard on the team, LeBron James has been the main host for the LA Lakers for the past two seasons.
The Lakers acquired Russell Westbrook during the offseason, which could make things a bit tricky heading into the 2021-22 NBA season. Both players like to have the ball in hand and control the proceedings. This means someone might have to give up or at least have less contact on each offensive possession.
It will be intriguing to see how the two players combine. Nonetheless, registering 304 assists in the 82-game season won’t be a difficult task for LeBron James.
King James had the lowest assists total last season after appearing in just 45 games. Despite everything, he recorded 350 assists, the worst of his career. Given that he needs just over 300 assists and with the Lakers’ scoring caliber, it is possible to hit the 10,000 assists mark.
If reached, LeBron James would be the seventh player in NBA history to reach 10,000 assists. Westbrook could join in the fun in a few years as he currently has 8,061 assists. If he continues to increase his triple-double, he might be able to join the club at the earliest in the next three years.