With the 2013-14 regular season in the books, Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers has become the first player in NBA history to lead the league in both assists and steals per game in three seasons, per ESPN Stats & Info.
Paul missed an 18-game stretch due to a separated shoulder in January and early February, so although he didn't lead the league in either total assists or steals, his per-game marks were tops in the NBA. The 28-year-old recorded averages of 10.7 assists and 2.48 steals over 62 games this season.
Paul last accomplished this feat when he did it in two consecutive seasons with the New Orleans Hornets in 2007-08 and 2008-09. Including those two campaigns, Paul has led the league in steals per game in six of the past seven years.
Prior to Paul, the most recent player to lead the NBA in both steals and assists per game in two seasons was former Utah Jazz guard John Stockton. Stockton led the league with 13.6 assists and 3.2 steals in 1988-89, then again with 13.7 assists and 3.0 steals in 1991-92, but he was unable to accomplish the feat a third time.
Paul will look to build on his record in the 2014-15 season, unless the Celtics' Rajon Rondo has anything to say about it. Since his debut in 2006-07, Rondo has led the league in assists per game twice and steals per game once, making him Paul’s most notable competitor.
All stats courtesy of Basketball Reference unless otherwise noted.
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