Following his 11-assist effort against the New York Knicks on Tuesday, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James moved above Steve Nash to take over fourth position on the NBA’s all-time assist leaderboard. James’ ability to distribute the ball well, especially at his position, is particularly impressive, according to ESPN‘s Brian Windhorst in 2016.
According to one scout, LeBron James breaches all of the passing regulations. It is not possible to pass while on your feet. Cutting through traffic is against the rules. He buzzes the ears of two defenders with backhanded fastballs. He is always informed of where everyone is going to be. LeBron James is still averaging seven assists per game this season. James is the only non-guard in the top ten, and he’s in good company.
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Assists are an important statistic in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as they reflect a player’s ability to create scoring opportunities for their teammates. A player who consistently racks up high assist numbers is often seen as a valuable addition to any team. In the NBA, assists per game (APG) is the standard way to measure a player’s assist production.
Over the years, there have been several players who have stood out in the assist department. Magic Johnson, John Stockton, and Steve Nash are considered some of the greatest point guards of all time, largely due to their exceptional assist numbers.
Currently, LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, and Chris Paul are three of the top players in the league in terms of assists. Westbrook has been the league leader in assists twice and is known for his aggressive style of play and athleticism. On the other hand, Paul is a more traditional point guard known for his precision passing and high basketball IQ.
Aside from these established stars, there are also several young players who are making a name for themselves in the assist department. De’Aaron Fox of the Sacramento Kings, Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks, and Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks are just a few examples of players who are already establishing themselves as elite playmakers in the league.