25 Players With the Most Assists in NBA History

Golden State Warriors fans celebrate a win in Oakland.

Golden State Warriors fans celebrate a win in Oakland. | Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

The NBA has a rich history. Dating back to the 1950s, the league has seen some legendary players step foot on the court. Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell… the list could go on forever. While fans knew these players for scoring, rebounding, or defense, they often overlooked stars who are just as important: the point guards. Integral to initiating the offense, several great point guards from the last several decades drove the best teams in NBA history. Here are the top 25 players with the most assists in NBA history, based on total career assists.

25. John Lucas II

John Lucas II of the Chicago Bulls goes for a layup.

John Lucas II of the Chicago Bulls goes for a layup. | Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Assists: 6,454

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.