Particularly in recent seasons, the Dallas Mavericks have been privy to some elite point guard play. The Dallas Mavericks’ all-time assist leaders include their two primary floor generals of the 2000s, Jason Kidd and Steve Nash.
5. Rolando Blackman: 2,748 assists
Four-time All-Star swingman Rolando Blackman ranks fifth on the list of Dallas Mavericks’ all-time assist leaders. Blackman was a major offensive threat and he retired as the Mavs’ all-time leading scorer with 16,643 points. He climbed the assist leader board with longevity more than rate as he averaged 3.2 assists per game in 11 seasons with Dallas. The four-time All-Star was one of the greatest players in Mavericks’ history and his number 22 jersey has been retired by the team.
4. Steve Nash: 2,919 assists
MVP point guard Steve Nash ranks fourth on the Dallas Mavericks’ all-time assist leaders list. Though he won his two MVP Awards in Phoenix, Nash developed into an All-Star while playing in Dallas. He put together averages of 14.6 points and 7.2 assists in six seasons there. In his final season with the team, he dished out 687 assists, the second most in the NBA. Entering the 2010-11 campaign, Nash ranks eighth on the NBA’s all-time assist list with 8,397.
3. Jason Kidd: 3,310 assists*
Current point guard Jason Kidd is up to third and climbing on the Dallas Mavericks’ all-time assist leaders list. Kidd began his career in Dallas in 1994 and after 12 years in Phoenix and New Jersey, he’s back to his original franchise and making swift progress toward the team records. While his top seasons came outside of Dallas when he won five assist titles, the ten-time All-Star holds the highest assist average in Mavericks’ history with 8.8 per contest through 372 games.
2. Brad Davis: 4,524 assists
Longtime Maverick Brad Davis manned the point throughout the 1980s and ranks second on the Mavs’ all-time assist leaders list. Davis left Utah for Dallas in 1980 and he averaged at least ten points and six assists per game in each of his first five years with the Mavs. For the second half of his career, he served as backup point guard, a role he played from 1986 to 1992. Davis held the team record for games played until it was broken by Dirk Nowitzki and he posted averages of 8.6 points and 5.1 assists in 883 contests for Dallas.
1. Derek Harper: 5,111 assists
The Dallas Mavericks’ all-time assist leader is former All-Defensive point guard Derek Harper. Harper began his NBA career in Dallas in 1983 and he spent a dozen campaigns running the point as a reserve, then as a starter for the team. From 1986 to 1991, he put together a streak of five straight seasons in which he averaged at least seven assists per game. In 872 games with the Mavs, he averaged 14.4 points, 5.9 assists, and 1.8 steals. Harper ranks 18th in NBA history with 6,577 total assists in his career.
*Indicates player is active with the team
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