Chris Paul has achieved a statistical milestone that puts him in elite company among the all-time great guards.
With his steal resulting from a bad pass from Kelly Olynyk in the third quarter of the Houston Rockets’ 121-118 comeback win over the Miami Heat on Thursday night, Paul moved into the top 10 all-time. He now has 2,086 career steals, moving one ahead of Hall-of-Fame power forward Karl Malone.
Former Defensive Player of the Year Alvin Robertson is next one the list with 2,112. Paul is averaging two steals per game this year, right in line with his career average (2.2 spg).
Paul is eighth all-time in assists with 9,028. He’s on pace to surpass Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas, who stands at 9,061, by season’s end.