With the NBA’s regular season in the books, it’s time to hand out the hardware for the league’s statistical leaders.
Here are the top five assists leaders from the 2013-14 NBA season.
#1) 10.7 APG – Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers
After leading the league in assists in back-to-back seasons in 2007-08 and 2008-09, Chris Paul slipped out of the top spot for the last four seasons before reclaiming his throne in 2013-14. Through nine seasons in the NBA, Paul’s average of 9.9 assists per game is third highest in the league’s history. CP3 did miss 20 games in 2013-14, yet his 663 total assists still ranked third despite missing nearly one-fourth of the season.
#2) 8.8 APG – Kendall Marshall, Los Angeles Lakers
Yes, you are permitted to do a double-take at Kendall Marshall finishing second in assists. The Phoenix Suns selected Marshall 13th overall in the 2012 draft, assigned him to the D-League for a period of time as a rookie, then traded him to the Wizards in October 2013. The Wizards immediately waived him. The injury-plagued Lakers signed Marshall as a free agent, then watched his assists totals go through the roof, making the second year player the biggest surprise among any of the NBA’s stats leaders.
#3) 8.8 APG – John Wall, Washington Wizards
Prior to this year, the highest John Wall had finished among the league’s assists leaders was seventh. His 8.8 assists per game in 2013-14 represent the highest total in his four year career. While Chris Paul and Kendall Marshall both finished ahead of Wall on a per game basis, they each missed a large number of games. Wall played a full 82 game schedule, putting his 721 total assists first the NBA. His stellar play landed him on the All-Star team for the first time in his career.
#4) 8.8 APG – Ty Lawson, Denver Nuggets
In his four seasons leading up to this year, Ty Lawson had never averaged more than 6.9 assists per game. But in 2013-14 he averaged a career best 8.8 dimes per game, finishing among the NBA’s top five assists leaders for the first time in his career. While Lawson distributed the ball very well this year, his 43.1% field goal percentage was the lowest of his career.
#5) 8.6 APG – Ricky Rubio, Minnesota Timberwolves
One of the flashiest players in the league, Ricky Rubio has finished among the NBA’s top ten assist leader in each of his first three seasons. His 8.6 assists is a career best, as were his 2.7 turnovers. But Rubio’s 9.5 points in 2013-14 were the lowest in his career and his career 36.8% field goal and 32.3% three-point percentages significantly hamper his offensive game.