The Oklahoma City Thunder entered the NBA in 1967 as the Seattle Supersonics. Almost immediately, they became a team graced by great point guards: Lenny Wilkens, Dennis Johnson, Gus Williams, Nate McMillan, Gary Payton, and today rising star Russell Westbrook. The Seattle Sonics/Oklahoma City Thunder’s all-time assist leaders include one Hall of Fame point guard and two other All-Star floor generals.
5. Lenny Wilkens: 2,777 assists
Hall of Fame point guard and coach Lenny Wilkens ranks fifth on the Oklahoma City Thunder’s all-time assist leaders list. Wilkens played four seasons with the original Seattle Supersonics from 1968 to 1972. In the 1971-72 campaign, he dished out a total of 766 assists which remains the single-season Thunder record. The nine-time All-Star averaged 19.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 9.0 assists in 308 games with the Sonics. Wilkens also distributed more than 3,000 assists with the Hawks to rank in their all-time top five. His career total of 7,211 assists is the 11th most in NBA history.
4. Gus Williams: 2,865 assists
Two-time All-Star guard Gus Williams is fourth on the list of Oklahoma City Thunder all-time assist leaders. Williams joined the Sonics in 1977 and spent six great seasons with the team. He averaged more than 20 points per game for the duration of his tenure while adding 6.0 assists. In 1983-84, he posted a career-high 8.4 assists per game. Williams carried the Sonics to their first and only NBA Championship in 1979 and he left his mark on the league as a whole by retiring with 1,638 steals which place him in the all-time top 20.
3. Fred Brown: 3,160 assists
Longtime two-guard Fred Brown spent his entire 13-year career with the franchise to become one of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s all-time assist leaders. Brown was a one-time All-Star and a member of the Sonics’ 1979 title team. He averaged 3.3 assists per game for his career, but he twice averaged five-plus and played more than 900 total games with the franchise.
2. Nate McMillan: 4,893 assists
Pure point guard Nate McMillan ranks second on the list of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s all-time assist leaders. McMillan played all 12 of his NBA seasons in Seattle, half as a starting point guard and half as a reserve. A true pass-first point guard, he retired with more assists than points, averaging 5.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, 6.1 assists, and 1.9 steals per game. He had his career year in 1988-89 with 9.3 assists per contest. In addition to his work on the offensive end, McMillan took home a pair of All-Defensive honors as he swiped 1,544 steals to rank in the top 30 in NBA history.
1. Gary Payton: 7,384 assists
The Oklahoma City Thunder’s all-time assist leader is former Defensive Player of the Year Gary Payton. Payton played a franchise record 999 games with the then Seattle Supersonics en route to becoming their all-time leader in points with 18,207 and steals with 2,107 along with assists. As the second pick in the draft, Payton became Seattle’s starting point guard in 1990 and held the position until 2003. He averaged 18.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 7.4 assists, and 2.1 steals per game with the franchise. Payton retired in 2007 with 8,966 assists, the seventh most in NBA history.
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