By now, you probably realize that LeBron James is a one-of-a-kind player that we have never seen in the NBA.
In fact, we may never see anyone like him ever step foot on an NBA court ever again after he retires. They don’t call him “King James” for nothing.
At 6’8”, James has the ability to guard any position on the floor and rebound at a high rate due to his extremely rare size and athleticism combination, but one offensive category in particular catapults him to a whole different level on the offensive end.
Despite being the size of a typical frontcourt player, James has perhaps the best passing vision among all NBA players, and his mark on the all-time assists list is a testament to his uncanny ability to dish the ball to his teammates with regularity.
The 32-years-old presumably has half a decade more of elite production left in his tank, and his cumulative numbers will only continue to rise.
On Saturday in a 127-115 loss to the Washington Wizards, he moved past Mo Cheeks on the NBA’s all-time assists list and now ranks 12th.
Keep in mind that he’s not a point guard by definition, like every single player ahead of him (or close to him) on the list.
Posting 24 points on 10-of-21 shooting along with 11 rebounds and eight assists in the high-scoring affair on Saturday, James now has 7,394 assists in his Hall of Fame career.
Up next on the list is Rod Strickland with 7,987 helpers. James’ friend Chris Paul is in 10th place on the all-time list and is the only other active player towards the top.
John Stockton’s record of 15,806 assists will likely never be broken and Jason Kidd’s second-place mark of 12,091 will likely withstand the test of time. However, James has a real shot of cracking the top five and maybe eventually the top three on the impressive list.
This season, James is putting up 26.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 8.8 assists per contest. Those rebounding and assist numbers surprisingly are career-highs for the 13-year veteran, who is completely being overshadowed by both Russell Westbrook and James Harden.
Since LeBron has averaged approximately 525 assists per season, if he continues at the same pace over the next five seasons, he will add over 2,600 more helpers to his all-time mark.
Oh, and if you were wondering, Michael Jordan ranks 43rd all-time with 5,633 assists. Check off another box on LeBron’s resume in the “best ever” debate.