Through games of December 21, Boston’s Rajon Rondo has averaged 12.2 assists per game over 23 games. His closest competitor for the assist lead is the Clippers’ Chris Paul who is averaging 9.4 assists. If the 2012-13 NBA season ended today, the 2.8 assist margin between these two players would be the eighth biggest for the assist title in NBA history.
The last player to win an NBA assist title by more than 2.0 assists per game was Steve Nash in 2006-07. Nash had 11.6 assists per game to win the title that season, outdistancing runner-up Deron Williams, who had 9.3 assists per games, a margin of 2.3 assists.
The largest margin was in 1964-65 when Oscar Robertson won the assist crown by averaging 11.5 assists per game. Second that year was Guy Rodgers, who averaged 7.2 assists per game, a margin of 4.3 assists per contest.