The NBA has a rich history, dating back to the 1950s and seeing some legendary players step foot on the court. Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell, the list could go on forever. But while those players were known for scoring, rebounding, or defense, there are some overlooked stars that are just as important: the point guards. Integral to initiating the offense, there are several great point guards of the last several decades that have driven the best teams in NBA history. Here are the top 25 assist leaders in NBA history based on total career assists.
1. John Lucas II
Lucas was a quality point guard in the late 1970s and the 1980s, playing with the Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors, and several others. His best season in terms of assists came in 1983-84 with the San Antonio Spurs, averaging 10.7 assists per game in a part-time starting role. The most notable year of his career came in 1986-87 with the Milwaukee Bucks, making it all the way to the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals and averaging 17.5 points during the season, playing alongside Jack Sikma, Terry Cummings, and Ricky Pierce.