Ranking the 10 best passers in Houston Rockets history

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6. Chris Paul

If this list was accounting for all-around NBA careers, Chris Paul would be number one on this list. With a career average of 9.48 assists per game, CP3 is fourth all-time in that respect, behind Hall of Famers Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Oscar Robertson.

Since Paul’s time in Houston was unfortunately cut short without the championship success he seemed destined to finally reach in 2018, he comes in at number six.

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Although he was only able to play in 116 games with the Rockets, Paul established himself as the most efficient passer the team has ever seen, averaging a franchise-high eight assists per game throughout his time in H-Town.

With this assist, Chris Paul moved up to 8th on the #NBA ALL-TIME ASSISTS list! #Rockets pic.twitter.com/FDai9FVqaV

— NBA (@NBA) February 12, 2019

Paul currently sits at seventh all-time in assists with 9,607 (just 280 shy of Big O), with 930 of them coming with the Rockets.

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5. John Lucas

Drafted as the number one overall pick in 1976 by the Rockets, John Lucas had a well-traveled NBA career but always seemed to find himself back in Houston.

After averaging 7.5 assists per game in his first two years in Clutch City, Lucas spent time in Golden State, Washington and San Antonio before heading back to the Rockets for a second stint. In his lone season with the Spurs in 1983-84, Lucas averaged a career-high 10.7 assists per game.

After two more seasons with the Rockets in the mid-1980s, John played for Milwaukee and Seattle before ultimately retiring with the Rockets after the 1989-90 season.

Lucas is currently third among Rockets all-time in assists per game at 7.3 and his 2,358 assists with the team puts him at ninth. The Maryland graduate remains with the Rockets as their player development coach to this day, in what’s technically his fourth stint with the team.

Next: No. 4 & No. 3

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