Nikola Jokic dishing like a point guard

2019-02-25T13:26:47+00:00 2019-02-25T13:29:22+00:00.

Giannis Askounis

25/Feb/19 13:26

Eurohoops.net

Among the top twenty players with the most assists during the NBA 2018-19 Regular Season, only four aren’t guards, two of them are from Europe.

By John Askounis/ info@eurohoops.net

There no need to take a look at the assists leaders table to figure out that Nikola Jokic and Giannis Antetokounmpo are persistent on searching for their teammates. However, it remains striking that the Serb and the Greek bigs are among a sea of point guards. Their 2018-19 stats prove beyond any doubt they’re creative, not only effective in scoring, rebounding, at what players their size normally excel.

Jokic, 24, is sixth overall in the NBA with 447 assists to date. He’s dishing 7.7 per contest, which is enough for a Top 10 position on the players’ averages. Any way you calculate his helpers, the Denver Nuggets player is en route for a career-high in assists during his fourth NBA campaign.

Antetokounmpo, 24, has been around for two more seasons, but has never finished the year with over 5.4 assists per match. This season he’s averaging six dimes per game, 330 in 55 appearances. He’s 17th overall, fourth among forwards or centers behind Ben Simmons, Jokic and Kevin Durant.

Here are the Top 20 players with the most assists in the 2018-19 season:

Player

Assists Average
1. Russell Westbrook 560 11
2. Jrue Holiday 480 7.9
3. Ben Simmons 464 7.9
4. Trae Young 460 7.7
5. Kyle Lowry 447 9.1
6. Nikola Jokic 444 7.7
7. James Harden 423 7.7
8. De’Aaron Fox 418 7.2
9. D’ Angelo Russell 400 6.7
10. Damian Lillard 373 6.4
11. Mike Conley 370 6.4
12. Darren Collison 359 6
13. DeMar DeRozan 343 6.1
14. Kevin Durant 343 5.8
15. Kyrie Irving 340 6.9
16. Kemba Walker 334 5.7
17. Giannis Antetokounmpo 330 6
18. Bradley Beal 324 5.4
19. Draymond Green 518 7.2
20. LeBron James 316 7.7

Additionally, Spaniard Ricky Rubio is 21st with 315 assists to his name this year. The Slovenian sensation, Luka Doncic, is 24th with 307.