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Clippers' Chris Paul Passes Tiny Archibald for 20th on All-Time Assists List

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffJanuary 13, 2015

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When Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul dished out his ninth assist of the night in the third quarter of Sunday's game against the Miami Heat, it marked the 6,477th assist of Paul's career and pushed him past Tiny Archibald for 20th on the all-time leaderboard, per NBA.com/Stats.

Unfortunately for Paul, the assist was his last of the night, which left him one short of notching his 19th double-double of the season. He finished the game with 23 points, nine assists, three rebounds and two turnovers.

Paul is just the second player since 1985-86 to reach 6,477 career assists by the age of 29, with only John Stockton piling up more at the same age. Stockton took just six seasons and 557 games to reach 6,785 assists, compared to Paul's nine seasons and 655 games to reach his current total, per Basketball-Reference.com.

The Clippers point guard sits 100 assists short of 19th on the all-time list (Derek Harper at 6,577) and 510 short of cracking the top 10 (Rod Strickland at 7,987). At his current pace, it would take Paul another 52 games to pass Strickland.

Stockton easily sets the bar for assists, having finished his career with 15,806 over 1,504 games, averaging 10.5 per game over the course of his 18-year career. Paul is currently averaging about 9.9 assists per game through his first nine seasons, meaning he would need to play 1,599 games to reach Stockton's total, if he maintains the same pace.

While that doesn't seem like a realistic possibility for the seven-time All-Star, surpassing second-place Jason Kidd (12,091 career assists) isn't out of the question.

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