NBA Players With Most Playoff Assists

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Jason Kidd surveys the floor in a game against the Washington Wizards in February 2011.
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Anatoly Pimentel @AnatolyPimentel Nov 20, 2023, 10:15 PM
  • Here’s a list of the top five NBA players who dished out the most assists in the playoffs.
  • Magic Johnson leads the list with 2,346 points.
  • All players in the top-10 list have at least 1,000 assists.

Apart from points and rebounds, assists are another major statistical category that fans keep an eye on in every NBA game, especially when they are placing props on their NBA betting lines through BetMGM’s online sportsbook. Moreover, assists determine a player’s ability to share the ball with his teammates and help their team get baskets.

Such an element of the game is more important during the playoffs, when teams are playing their best to realize their dream of lifting the Larry O’Brien Trophy and calling themselves champions. Speaking of the NBA playoffs, who among the list of great playmakers has amassed the most assists in the history of the postseason?

Magic Johnson leads the list of NBA players with the most assists in the playoffs: He dished out 2,346 in only 190 playoff games. He was the only player in the history of the postseason to reach the 2,000 mark. This incredible number helped him win five titles and three Finals MVP awards — credit Johnson’s perfect combination of height, basketball IQ, and vision in setting this record.

Following him on the list is LeBron James, who is on the verge of breaking into the 2,000 milestone as he currently has 1,919 playoff career assists, thanks to his 266 games. James is one of the two active players in the top-10 list, and he can further add to his tally if he appears in more playoff games in the latter stages of his career. Sitting in the next three spots in the rankings are John Stockton (1,839), Jason Kidd (1,263), and Chris Paul (1,181), who are all considered to be pure point guards.

Completing the top-10 list are a mix of point guards and forwards — Tony Parker (1,143), Rajon Rondo (1,136), Larry Bird (1,062), Steve Nash (1,061), and Scottie Pippen (1,048). These players became vital in their team’s playoff runs and ultimately helped them win a title.

Top 5 NBA Players With Most Playoff Assists

Player NameTotal Playoff Games PlayedTotal Assists
Magic Johnson1902,346
LeBron James266 1,919
John Stockton182 1,839
Jason Kidd158 1,263
Chris Paul142 1,181
Tony Parker 226 1,142
Rajon Rondo134 1,136
Larry Bird 164 1,062
Steve Nash120 1,061
Scottie Pippen208 1,048

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Anatoly Pimentel

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Anatoly Pimentel is an NBA and MMA writer previously featured in ASEAN Sports, Asian Persuasion MMA, and Overtime Heroics MMA. He graduated from Adamson University with a B.A in Communication and is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM.

Anatoly Pimentel is an NBA and MMA writer previously featured in ASEAN Sports, Asian Persuasion MMA, and Overtime Heroics MMA. He graduated from Adamson University with a B.A in Communication and is a Web Content Writer for BetMGM.