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John Stockton
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John Stockton

Position: Guard Olympic #: 12
Born: 3/26/62 (Spokane, Wash.) College: Gonzaga Univ.
Height: 6’1” Weight: 175 lbs.

John Stockton is perhaps the best passer in NBA history and one of the league’s top point guards. A gritty, durable player who sees the floor as well as anyone who ever played the game, he holds virtually every assists record possible, including the all-time mark for career assists (10,394), which he achieved during the 1994-95 season. Stockton’s other records include most assists in a season (1,164), highest assists average for a season (14.5 apg), highest assists average for a career (11.6 apg), a tie for most assists in a playoff game (24), a tie for the most consecutive seasons leading the league in assists (8) and total seasons leading the league (8), and a tie for third for most assists in a game (28). In addition, he will likely break the career steals mark in 1995-96.

Stockton is an annual All-Star and All-NBA selection, has made the NBA All-Defensive Team three times, and was a member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic Dream Team. Through the 1994-95 campaign Stockton had missed only four games in 11 seasons.

His career accomplishments are even more impressive considering his modest basketball beginnings. Stockton played college ball at little-known Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, where he averaged 20.9 points and 7.2 assists as a senior and finished as the first player in school history to register more than 1,000 points and 500 assists.

The Utah Jazz selected Stockton with the 16th overall pick in the 1984 NBA Draft, one year before the Jazz drafted Karl Malone. Over the next decade Stockton and Malone would become the NBA’s most consistently productive guard-forward combination. They have powered the Jazz to a winning record and into the playoffs in each of the seasons they have played together, and they shared MVP honors at the 1993 All-Star Game at Salt Lake City.

Stockton posted his best numbers from 1988-89 through 1990-91, a period in which his combined scoring average was just better than 17 points and his assists average ranged from 13.6 to 14.5 per game. He has shown no sign of slowing down. In 1993-94 and 1994-95 he recorded the highest field-goal percentages among NBA guards. He was selected to the All-NBA First Team for the first time in 1994 and again in 1995. Through 1994-95 he had led the NBA in assists for eight consecutive seasons, a feat matched only by Bob Cousy.

NBA Regular-Season Record (All with Utah)
  G FGM-FGA Pct. 3PM-3PA Pct. FTM-FTA Pct. Reb/Avg Pts/Avg Ast. Stl. Blk.
‘84-‘85 82 157-333 .471 2- 11 .192 142-193 .736 105/1.3 458/ 5.6 415 109 11
‘85-‘86 82 228-466 .489 2- 15 .133 172-205 .839 179/2.2 630/ 7.7 610 157 10
‘86-‘87 82 231-463 .499 7- 38 .184 179-229 .782 151/1.8 648/ 7.9 670 177 14
‘87-‘88 82 454-791 .574 24- 67 .358 272-324 .840 237/2.9 1204/14.7 *1128 242 16
‘88-‘89 82 497-923 .538 16- 66 .242 390-452 .863 248/3.0 1400/17.1 *1118 *263 14
‘89-‘90 78 472-918 .514 47-113 .416 354-432 .819 206/2.6 1345/17.2 *1134 207 18
‘90-‘91 82 496-978 .507 58-168 .345 363-434 .836 237/2.9 1412/17.2 *1164 234 16
‘91-‘92 82 453-939 .482 83-204 .407 308-366 .842 270/3.3 1297/15.8 *1126 *244 22
‘92-‘93 82 437-899 .486 72-187 .385 293-367 .798 237/2.9 1239/15.1 *987 199 21
‘93-‘94 82 458-868 .528 48-149 .322 272-338 .805 258/3.1 1236/15.1 *1031 199 22
‘94-‘95 82 429-791 .542 102-227 .449 246-306 .805 251/3.1 1206/14.7 *1011 194 22
‘95-‘96 82 440-818 .538 95-225 .422 234-282 .830 226/2.8 1209/14.7 *916 140 15
Totals 980 4752-9187 .517 556-1470 .378 3225-3928 .821 2605/2.7 13285/13.6 11310 2365 201
   * Led league

USA Basketball Record
  G FGM-FGA Pct. 3PM-3PA Pct. FTM-FTA Pct. Reb/Avg Pts/Avg Ast. Stl. Blk.
1992 BTOA 2 5-6 .833 0-1 .000 0-0 .000 1/0.3 10/5.0 12 1 0
1992 Olympics 4 4-8 .500 1-2 .500 2-3 .667 1/0.3 11/2.8 8 0 0

1992 BTOA   —   1992 Tournament of the Americas (Olympic Qualifying Tournament), Portland, Oregon (the USA finished 6-0 and won the gold medal)
1992 Olympics   —   1992 Summer Olympic Games, Barcelona, Spain (the USA finished 8-0 and won the gold medal)

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