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Phoenix Suns point guard Chris Paul on becoming sixth all-time assist leader

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We watched a future Hall of Famer meet a historic milestone last night.

Phoenix Suns v Memphis Grizzlies Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images

Chris Paul added to his extensive and impressive resume in the Suns’ win over the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday night.

In the second quarter, with his third dime of the evening, the 35 year old floor leader drove to the rim and kicked out to Mikal Bridges for an open three-pointer. Swish.

That brought him to 9,888 career assists, leapfrogging Oscar Robertson for the sixth most assists in NBA history. It’s watching moments like this and witnessing him making history that show us Suns fans just how great of a player he is.

You ask who the five guys ahead of him on the all-time leaderboard are? Well, that would be John Stockton (15,806), former Phoenix Sun Jason Kidd (12,091), former Sun Steve Nash (10,335), Mark Jackson (10,334) and Magic Johnson (10,141).

CP3 now has 9,891 career assists under his belt and only needs 251 more to pass Magic. It is entirely possible he could do that this season.

Yet, when asked if he’s trying to catch him, Paul said with a smirk “I’m trying to pile up wins.”

The man is humble and focused on getting wins and helping turn this franchise back to being respected and steering them to the playoffs after an 11 year drought. His teammates and the coaching staff had more to say on it, though and were quite hyped.

Coach Monty, on Paul’s accomplishment, said “To me, we won a big game, but I’m just blown away that I get to be part of that with him. When you think about the name Oscar Robertson, it’s unreal that Chris plays the way he plays. I just think that’s amazing and a blessing, and I just feel so honored and humbled to be a part of this team when he did it.”

Devin Booker was quick to make sure to get the game ball for his backcourt partner so the team could present it to him after the game.

Book stated “It’s kinda hard to put it into words, being a fan of the game and a fan of his for so long and now getting to grace the court with him is unbelievable. It means everything, for real. Just being a part of history, man. That’s Chris Paul right there.”

That is Chris Paul, indeed. He’s a Phoenix Sun and we’re all watching history.