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NBA History: Steve Nash reports this will be his final season, John Stockton still way ahead in assists

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Another contender is calling it quits in the most difficult to reach career record in the NBA.

Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE

Reports are indicating that Steve Nash is going to call it a career after 2014-15. The floor general has lived for the sport for decades and now as an over 40 player in a game full of speedy guys it may be time to hang them sneakers up.

He's also not going to win that race against the history books either, as John Stockton is still way ahead of him in career assists. Let's look at the list of active players (the Top 10), then the next 10 who are just point guards . . . and then after that the young bucks still in the game. (N.B. Numerical rank is the rank for active players)

Player Assists APG Age Games needed to pass Seasons (82 Games)
John Stockton 15,806 10.51 52.34 -- --
1 Steve Nash 10,335 8.49 40.47 644.24 7.86
2 Andre Miller 8,153 6.89 38.36 1,111.39 13.55
3 Chris Paul 6,112 9.91 29.23 978.60 11.93
4 Kobe Bryant 5,925 4.76 35.93 2,076.26 25.32
5 LeBron James 5,790 6.88 29.58 1,456.56 17.76
6 Chauncey Billups 5,636 5.40 37.84 1,882.06 22.95
7 Tony Parker 5,635 5.99 32.20 1,696.67 20.69
8 Deron Williams 5,633 8.69 30.09 1,170.27 14.27
9 Kevin Garnett 5,306 3.85 38.19 2,724.93 33.23
10 Jason Terry 5,008 4.41 36.87 2,449.39 29.87
13 Jose Calderon 4,332 6.83 32.83 1,679.25 20.48
14 Raymond Felton 4,325 6.48 30.09 1,770.60 21.59
17 Rajon Rondo 4,237 8.39 28.43 1,378.89 16.82
19 Kirk Hinrich 4,024 5.25 33.57 2,245.72 27.39
20 Earl Watson 3,871 4.41 35.13 2,707.03 33.01
23 Luke Ridnour 3,617 4.62 33.45 2,638.65 32.18
26 Jameer Nelson 3,501 5.38 32.47 2,288.08 27.90
27 Mo Williams 3,468 4.89 31.61 2,522.39 30.76
28 Jamaal Tinsley 3,330 6.09 36.41 2,049.36 24.99
34 Devin Harris 3,104 4.84 31.42 2,623.06 31.99
Russell Westbrook 3045 6.92 25.71 1,843.95 22.49
Stephen Curry 2247 6.69 26.38 2,027.51 24.73
John Wall 2198 8.26 23.89 1,646.83 20.08
Derrick Rose 1954 6.76 25.82 2,048.73 24.98
Kyrie Irving 1058 5.85 22.35 2,523.05 30.77

The bottom line is that, well, no one is catching John, let alone passing him. He was the king of passers, after all. I've always admired Nash's game, and especially his shooting. He was a quantum leap in shooting ability at the point guard spot, and in the right system, was pure magic with the ball. As a Canadian I love what he's done for Canada Basketball, and in leading the team for years, even beating Yugoslavia (pre Balkanization) in the Olympics back in the day. Biggest win in Team Canada history.

Well, the History books will have a spot for Nash for sure. But it will be behind John Stockton for sure.