With a pass dropped in to Antawn Jamison, Steve Nash picked up his fifth assist in the Los Angeles Lakers' game against the Boston Celtics Wednesday night, and, more importantly, the 10,142nd assist of his career, pushing him ahead of Magic Johnson on the all-time charts.
Congrats to Steve Nash, who now ranks 4th all time in NBA history behind Stockton, Kidd, and Mark Jackson with his 10,142nd career assist— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 21, 2013
Steve Nash (10,142) passes Magic Johnson for 4th on the NBA's all-time assists list. twitter.com/BeyondTheBuzze…— Beyond The Buzzer(@BeyondTheBuzzer) February 21, 2013
Furthermore, the guys on the assists list are rather bunched up, so it's possible that he could end up working his way into third place by the end of the season.
Nash is averaging 7.4 assists per game through 30 games this season. With 27 games left on the books for the Lakers, a completely healthy run to the end of the year on that pace would put him right around 200 more assists, giving him 10,342 for his career.
Looking past this season, it'll be interesting to see how close to Jason Kidd he can climb.
While Kidd is still active, he's assisting at an incredibly low rate as a New York Knick, but he is still nearly 2,000 assists ahead of the Lakers point guard at 12,006.
As for any kind of desire to reach John Stockton (15,806), I'm not so sure Nash's body is going to hold up well enough so that he could play until he's 50.