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John Stockton
Position(s) Point guard
Jersey #(s) 12
Listed height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Listed weight 170 lb (77 kg)
Born March 26, 1962 (1962-03-26) (age 47)
Spokane, Washington, USA
Career information
Year(s) 1984–2003
NBA Draft 1984 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16

Selected by Utah Jazz

College Gonzaga
Professional team(s)
  • Utah Jazz (1984–2003)
Career stats (NBA)
Points     19,711
Assists     15,806
Steals     3,265
Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Career highlights and awards
Basketball Hall of Fame as player
Olympic medal record
Men's Basketball
Gold 1992 Barcelona United States
Gold 1996 Atlanta United States

John Houston Stockton (born March 26, 1962) is a retired American professional basketball player (NBA) who spent his entire career (19842003) as a point guard for the Utah Jazz of the NBA. Stockton is regarded as one of the best point guards of all time,[1] holding the NBA records for most career assists and steals by considerable margins.[2][3]

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Early years

Stockton was born in Spokane, Washington to Clementine Frei and Jack Stockton.[4] He attended grade school at St. Aloysius and moved on to high school at Gonzaga Prep, graduating in 1980. He then played college basketball for Gonzaga University in his hometown where he averaged 20.9 points per game while shooting 57% from the field in his senior year. His grandfather, Hust Stockton had also been a well known athlete at Gonzaga. Hust was a member of the Frankford Yellow Jackets, winners of the National Football League championship in 1926.

NBA career

John Stockton averaged a career double-double, with 13.1 points and 10.5 assists per game. He holds the NBA's record for most career assists (15,806) by a margin of more than 5,000, as well as the record for most career steals (3,265). He had five of the top six assists seasons in NBA history (the other belonging to Isiah Thomas). He holds the NBA record for the most seasons, games, and consecutive games played with one team, and is third in total games played, behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Robert Parish. He missed only 22 games during his career, 18 of them in one season. He played in 34 games where he tallied 20 or more assists.

Stockton appeared in 10 All-Star games, and was named co-MVP of the game in 1993 with Jazz teammate Karl Malone, which was held in Salt Lake City, Utah. He played with the 1992 and 1996 US Olympic basketball teams, known as Dream Team I and II, the first Olympic squads to feature NBA players, keeping the game ball from both Gold Medal games. He was selected to the All-NBA First Team twice, the All-NBA Second Team six times, the All-NBA Third Team three times, and the NBA All-Defensive Second Team five times. He was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA history in 1996. Stockton's career highlight came in Game 6 of the 1997 Western Conference Finals. Stockton scored the last 9 points for the Jazz, including a buzzer-beating 3-point shot over the Houston Rockets' Charles Barkley, to send the Jazz to the first of its two consecutive NBA Finals appearances. In both of these appearances, Stockton's Jazz teams were defeated by the Chicago Bulls.

For many years, he and Malone were the Jazz's 1-2 punch. The two played a record 1,412 regular-season games together as teammates. Many of Stockton's assists resulted from passes to Malone.

Stockton earned the "old school" tag for his physical play (surveys of athletes and fans alike often judged him among the toughest players in the NBA, usually just behind teammate Karl Malone); his uniform "short shorts" (he was the most recent notable NBA player to wear them, preferring the style long after the rest of the league had adopted today's baggier look); his simple dress off the court, which contrasted with many of his NBA contemporaries; and his reserved demeanor.

On May 2, 2003, Stockton announced his retirement with a released statement instead of the customary news conference. The Jazz later held a retirement ceremony for him, in which Salt Lake City renamed the street in front of the Energy Solutions Arena (formerly known as the Delta Center), where the Jazz play, John Stockton Drive.[5] His number-12 jersey was retired by the Jazz during a game on November 22, 2004. A statue of Stockton can be seen in front of the Energy Solutions Arena; an accompanying statue of Karl Malone was placed nearby on March 23, 2006. The Malone and Stockton statues stand on a bronze plaque commemorating their achievements together. Stockton was announced as a member of the 2009 class of inductees to the Basketball Hall of Fame on April 6, 2009; he was formally inducted on September 11.

Along with Patrick Ewing, Charles Barkley, Dominique Wilkins, Elgin Baylor, Reggie Miller, Pete Maravich, and his teammate Karl Malone, John Stockton is considered to be one of the best players never to have won a championship.[6]

Stockton and his wife, the former Nada Stepovich (daughter of Matilda and Michael Anthony Stepovich, the penultimate territorial governor of Alaska), have two daughters, Lindsay and Laura, and four sons, Houston, Michael, David and Samuel. Stockton and his family are devout Catholics.

Player profile

Stockton, a 10-time NBA All-Star, commandingly holds the NBA record for career assists with 15,806 (10.5 per game). Stockton also holds the record for assists-per-game average over one season (14.5 in 1990), and is one of three players who have logged more than 1,000 assists in one season, joining Kevin Porter (1,099 in 1979) and Isiah Thomas (1,123 in 1985) in the exclusive list. Stockton did this seven times, with season totals of 1,164, 1,134, 1,128, 1,126, 1,118, 1,031 and 1,011 assists.[7]

He and Karl Malone are regarded by many as the quintessential pick and roll duo. Apart from his passing skill, Stockton was also a capable scorer (13.1 points per game career average and a .515 career shooting percentage) with a reliable three-point shot (.384 lifetime average). He is 30th on the all-time NBA scoring list with 19,711 career points.[8] Despite the fact that he never pulled down more than 9 rebounds (or recorded more than 9 steals) during a regular season game, he recorded one career triple double, in a playoff game against the Dallas Mavericks on April 28, 2001. He scored 12 points, pulled down 11 rebounds and had 10 assists.

On defense, Stockton holds the NBA record for career steals with 3,265, nearly 30 percent more than second placed Michael Jordan, who had 2,514.[9]

Stockton was known for his unassuming, no-nonsense approach to the game, hard-nosed defense, and fanatical work-ethic in preparation, which resulted in his extreme durability. He played 1,504 of 1,526 possible games in his 19-season career. In his first 13 seasons, he missed only four games (all in the 1989-1990 season) until he missed the first 18 games of the 1997-1998 season due to an injured MCL in his left knee sustained in the preseason. That was the only major injury in his career and he never missed another game after returning from that injury. In his last season at age 41, he started in all 82 games, and finished with more-than-respectable averages of 10.8 ppg and 7.7 apg. His 1,504 NBA games played are currently also the most all-time for a career spent with only one team.

Stockton avoided endorsements, and stayed loyal to Utah despite being offered significantly more money by other teams. In 1996 he agreed to a deal that made salary-cap space available so the team could improve, but insisted on guaranteed Delta Center ice time for his son's hockey team.[10]

On May 11, 2006, ESPN.com named Stockton the 4th best point guard of all time.[11]

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John Stockton (born March 26, 1962) is a former NBA player. He spent his entire career (1984-2003) as a point guard for the Utah Jazz.

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  • Bus rides, the locker room, just being around the fellas. I’ll never be a part of a team like this again and that’s something you can’t get back and it’s part of the decision - you have to sit and weigh it. You know you’re never going to get that back. Jerry’s been fortunate enough to stay in it after he’s played and he’s coached and even though it’s different as a coach, I know it will never be the same as it is walking into the locker room now or getting on the bus, you can’t relive that.
    • On what he'll miss most
  • I don’t think I could count them on one hand. A couple that stick right out, which I enjoyed the battles, were Kevin Johnson, Mark Price, Gary Payton. There’s a number of others, I never really had the opportunity to match up against Magic Johnson because he was too big and I always guarded Byron Scott but I still admired him.
    • On what point guards he enjoyed competing against during his career
  • I imagine I’ll do my fair share of coaching but it might be soccer, volleyball, football at a kid’s level. I never burn bridges and I never say never but to me that sounds a lot more exciting than just about anything else.
    • On if he coaching is in his future
  • I knew that as a freshman when I was a 105lbs I can tell you why I finished playing football. I went to tackle a tight end out on the flat, hit him as hard as I could, and he bounced up and ran back to the huddle. I sat there and ached and said, ‘this is not a very good game for me.’ When I signed the letter of intent to go to Gonzaga in my senior year of high school, I spoke with the baseball coach, and that’s when I gave that up to concentrate solely on basketball.
    • On what made him pick basketball out of the other sports he played
  • I like Jason Kidd, I like the way he competes. People have criticisms of his game but one thing the guy does is he competes and he lays it all out here an I respect that.
    • On what point guard he likes to watch
  • I think if I were to list the things that I asked not to be done, most of them happened tonight. So Larry did it and of course when he had helped and when they (Larry and John’s wife) double teamed me like that it’s difficult. Now that it’s over, it was great. It’s kind of like a hard work out. It was fun to see the faces of my teammates out there, some past, some present. It was have fun to have Jerry (Sloan) come up on the stage and Larry (Miller) and so many others. It was very touching and I thought Nada (John’s wife) did a great job and that was also very touching and I was impressed – so it was a good night.
    • On his retirement ceremony
  • I try to block out most things – it’s emotional and I really don’t like to go there a whole lot. All those people there, I try not to pay a whole lot of attention. We had the fog come in as I walked in and I tried to be careful not to hit something or trip and that took my mind off of everything, it was a nice diversion.
    • On walking into the arena and seeing all the fan there for him.
  • I will if he wants me too. Karl and I haven’t talked a whole lot since the season has been over, it’s difficult to talk. We don’t normally but he has some tough decisions that are very emotional for him as well. We don’t necessarily handle it all that well. We’ve had some great talks, as he mentioned, the talk on the way home from Sacramento is one I’ll never forget, ever. And I wish the best for him whatever he decides, he’s a terrific teammate, good friend.
    • On if he will talk with Karl Malone about free agency
  • It’s the best game in world, that’s part of the fun playing with Jerry (Sloan) – he recognizes that and protects it. Some people don’t understand that protection but he will fight for this game. I’d say it’s something I’ve loved since I was a kid.
    • On his love for basketball
  • No, you don’t know the agony it took to get to that point. Once I reached that point I was sure, even if it didn’t come out very well.
    • On if he ever thought about changing his mind
  • Over the course of the last few years I’ve been to the stage a number of times where I said, this is it. One time I remember I bent my finger back and wondered what I was still doing in this game. I had those feelings a number of times as I mentioned over the past few seasons. Then it came to the playoffs and not really being able to get over the top against a very good team or in my opinion be able to challenge them much, I think that was the final indicator.
    • On if he was close to retiring in years prior
  • Probably my older brother. I never won at anything for probably the first 18 years of my life; I lost everything I did. All I really wanted to do was beat him once at something and I didn’t care what it was.
    • On what made him so competitive
  • To be honest, for the first 15 years, I didn’t know we had a say in it. I figured shorts are shorts, I’ve never had a say in what size the shorts were since I was a little kid. I was lucky I wasn’t wearing my brother’s most of the time, it’s just what you have. It came to a surprise when people were making fun of me, ‘I can change them?’ And I didn’t want to at that point, they were comfortable. Styles are going to come and go. I think it’s easier to stay with what you’re comfortable with.
    • On why he never changed the length of his shorts

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John Stockton was a point guard for the Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association (NBA). No other NBA ever had more assists[1] or steals[2] during his career than Stockton did. He spent most of his career playing as a teammate of Karl Malone. Stockton is now retired from the NBA.

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