On November 2 against the New Orleans Pelicans, Phoenix Suns point guard Chris Paul made NBA history by passing Mark Jackson and Steve Nash on the all-time assists list. The 11-time All-Star is now third in league history in assists.
One of the best players ever, Paul now trails only John Stockton (15,806) and Jason Kidd (12,091) on the all-time list. While records are meant to be broken in sports, CP3 doesn’t think he’ll pass Stockton due to his fragile body.
Chris Paul: I probably won’t pass John Stockton
Paul told Suns reporters he likely won’t pass Stockton since he missed so many games with the Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets. The floor general has only played in all 82 games in a season once.
“I looked at that list when I first came into the league and seeing that John Stockton, and I was like, ‘I’m going to get it.’ But that ship sailed,” Paul said, via ESPN. “That ship sailed. It sailed a while ago when I started missing all them games. But to be third and still be playing, I’m grateful for it, and I still got a ways to go.”
Paul is the only player in NBA history with 20,000 career points and 10,000 career assists. Although he’s never won a championship, the North Carolina native has had a remarkable career and doesn’t take anything for granted.
Chris Paul: “I’m grateful and I thank God for this opportunity”
Paul has been playing at a high level in the NBA ever since he entered the league all the way back in 2005. Even though he’s had some bad luck injury-wise, the Suns star is grateful for how his career has panned out.
“I’m grateful, and I thank God for this opportunity,” Paul said. “I say it all the time, not only to be on a team and still be in the league but to still be playing. You don’t take that for granted.”
Paul has career averages of 18.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 9.4 assists. He was two wins away from winning his first title last season, but the Suns blew a 2-0 series lead to the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2021 Finals. Phoenix still rewarded Paul with a four-year, $120 million deal in free agency. The 10-time All-NBA guard will try and lead the team back to the Finals with the help of Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton.
Paul’s 9.4 assists per game average is fourth all-time behind Magic Johnson (11.2), Stockton (10.5), and Oscar Robertson (9.5). Magic and Robertson won rings during their careers. Unfortunately for Stockton, the Utah Jazz came up short twice against Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.
John Stockton is one of the best players to never win a title
During his stellar run with the Jazz, Stockton led the league in assists nine times and made 10 All-Star teams. He averaged 13.1 points and 10.5 assists and helped Utah reach the 1997 and 1998 Finals.
Paul could end up in the same boat as Stockton unless he wins a championship with the Suns. It will certainly be fascinating to see if Phoenix can win a title in the next couple of years.
Like Stockton, Paul will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer one day. The only thing left for the Point God to accomplish is to win the Larry O’Brien Trophy, a feat Stockton never achieved.