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WNBA Playoffs: All-time leaders for most career assists in postseason history

Lindsay Whalen, a four-time WNBA Champion with the Minnesota Lynx, is the all-time leader for career assists in WNBA playoff history heading into the 2021 postseason.

The 5-foot-9 guard amassed 341 assists in 82 games across 13 postseasons, good for an average of 4.2 per game. A majority of her assists (239) came in eight playoff appearances with the Lynx while the rest (102) were recorded as a member of the Connecticut Sun, who drafted her fourth overall in the 2004 WNBA Draft.

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Right behind Whalen are two all-timers in Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi. Bird's career average of 5.9 is the third-best all-time among players to have played at least 25 postseason games.

Top 10 all-time assists leaders in WNBA playoffs
Player Career assists Games played
1. Lindsay Whalen 341 82
2. Sue Bird 313 53
3. Diana Taurasi 262 61
4. Briann January 226 59
5. Tamika Catchings 223 68
6. Ticha Penicheiro 204 43
7. Vickie Johnson 186 53
Teresa Weatherspoon 186 31
9. Kristi Tolliver 181 46
Penny Taylor 181 50

As a member of the fourth-seeded Seattle Storm, Bird could make up major ground on Whalen and even surpass her at some point in the 2021 playoffs. The duo of Bird and Taurasi are two of four active players in the Top 10, which also includes Briann January and Kristi Tolliver.

The highest-ranked active player outside the Top 10 is Candace Parker, who ranks 13th having totalled 170 assists in her 48 playoff games.

The next best active players in the Top 25 include Courtney Vandersloot (152, 19th) and Angel McCoughtry (122, 24th).

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