Named one of the greatest 75 players in NBA history earlier this week, Suns guard Chris Paul became Friday the league’s only player to reach an impressive double-milestone:
With a second-quarter free throw against the Los Angeles Lakers, Paul stood alone among those to reach 20,000 career points and 10,000 assists. The 11-time All-Star ranks fifth all-time in assists and is the 47th player to reach the 20,000-point plateau.
Prior to Paul, fellow 75th Anniversary Team member Oscar Robertson was the closest to crack the 20,000/10,000 barrier, ultimately coming up short with 9,887 assists. John Stockton, another 75th Anniversary honoree, also came close with 19,711 points.
An All-NBA Second Team selection last season, Paul is fresh off a Finals appearance with the Suns, a franchise he helped revitalize after a 10-year playoff drought. The 36-year-old re-signed with Phoenix this offseason for a reported four years and $120 million this offseason, though the latter portion of that contract is reportedly not fully guaranteed.