The Best Passing Big Men (Centers) in NBA History: Most Career Assists Per Game

Another Title For Wilt Chamberlain: He's The Best Passing Center Of All Time

Another Title For Wilt Chamberlain: He’s The Best Passing Center Of All Time

Active big men Marc Gasol, Joakim Noah and Al Horford rank amongst the very top centers in NBA history in recording assists, ranging from 2.7 – 3.0 APG.

Far away at the top sit three centers who managed the Herculean effort of more than four assists a game…Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell and Alvan Adams.

Yeah, centers don’t really pass that much. Those numbers all look small, but they’re a big feat. Only 54 big men ever had APG’s of 2.0 or more.

No, really. Check out my source, basketball-reference, to see who they are.

CENTER ASSISTS PER GAME CAREER SPAN TEAM(S)
1. Wilt Chamberlain 4.4 1959-60 thru 1972-73 Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, Los Angeles Lakers
2. Bill Russell 4.3 1956-57 thru 1968-69 Boston Celtics
3. Alvan Adams 4.1 1975-76 thru 1987-88 Phoenix Suns
4. Wes Unseld 3.9 1968-69 thru 1980-81 Baltimore/Capital/Washington Bullets
5. Dave Cowens 3.8 1970-71 thru 1982-83 Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks
6. Brad Daugherty 3.7 1986-87 thru 1993-94 Cleveland Cavaliers
6. Sam Lacey 3.7 1970-71 thru 1982-83 Cincinnati Royals, Kansas City/Kansas City-Omaha Kings, New Jersey Nets, Cleveland Cavaliers
8. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 3.6 1969-70 thru 1988-89 Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers
9. Bill Walton 3.4 1974-75 thru 1986-87 Portland Trail Blazers, San Diego/Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics
10. Tom Boerwinkle 3.2 1968-69 thru 1977-78 Chicago Bulls
10. Ed Macauley 3.2 1949-50 thru 1958-59 St. Louis Bombers, Boston Celtics, St. Louis Hawks
10. Jack Sikma 3.2 1977-78 thru 1990-91 Seattle SuperSonics, Milwaukee Bucks
13. Vlade Divac 3.1 1989-90 thru 2004-05 Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte Hornets, Sacramento Kings
13. Bob Lanier 3.1 1970-71 thru 1983-84 Detroit Pistons, Milwaukee Bucks
15. Marc Gasol 3.0 2008-09 thru Present Memphis Grizzlies
15. Jeff Ruland 3.0 1981-82 thru 1992-93 Washington Bullets, Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons
17. George Mikan 2.8 1948-49 thru 1955-56 Minneapolis Lakers
17. Brad Miller 2.8 1998-99 thru 2011-12 Charlotte Hornets, Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets, Minnesota Timberwolves
17. Joakim Noah 2.8 2007-08 thru Present Chicago Bulls
20. Al Horford 2.7 2007-08 thru Present Atlanta Hawks
20. Nate Thurmond 2.7 1963-63 thru 1976-77 San Francisco/Golden State Warriors, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers

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