Steve Nash Becomes 5th Player in NBA History to Reach 10,000 Assists

Tim KeeneyContributor IJanuary 8, 2013

In case you are the one person who still isn't sold on Steve Nash's greatness, the legendary point guard's newest accomplishment should do the trick.

Against the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night, Nash became just the fifth player in NBA history to record 10,000 career assists.

The Los Angeles Lakers announced the news via Twitter:

There it is! Assist 10,000 for @stevenash on the dish to Antawn Jamison. Congrats Steve! #Nash10K #GoLakers…

— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) January 9, 2013

With the achievement, he joined a pretty decent group that consists of John Stockton, Jason Kidd, Mark Jackson and Magic Johnson. 

Catching a few of the names on that list shouldn't be too difficult. 

If Nash averages 8.6 assists (his career average, which is admittedly far less than what he has tallied over the past eight seasons) per game this season, he will accumulate another 418 helpers should he stay healthy. 

That would push him ahead of Johnson (10,141) and Mark Jackson (10,334). 

The other two might be out of striking distance, as Jason Kidd (11,969 as of Tuesday) is still playing and Stockton (15,806) has an incredibly large cushion. If Nash averaged 10.0 assists per game over the rest of his career, he still wouldn't pass Stockton until the 2019-20 season at the age of 45.

Nonetheless, this is still a legendary mark that several Hall of Fame point guards before Nash haven't hit. 

It's taken some up-tempo offense to get here, but there's no denying Nash's elite handle, vision, durability and ability to make impossible passes look mundane.

Throw in the fact that he's arguably one of the best shooters of all time and has two MVP awards, eight All-Star selections, three All-NBA First Team selections and countless entertaining hairstyle changes to his name, and the Hall of Fame resume writes itself. 

Nash is one of the best floor generals ever, and this is a fitting achievement. 

In case you're wondering, Andre Miller (7,683) is the closest active player to 10,000, while Chris Paul (5,097 at the age of 27), LeBron James (4,972 at 28), Deron Williams (4,893 at 28) and Rajon Rondo (3,852 at 26) have the best chance to join Nash in the prestigious group.