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John Stockton

10x
NBA All-Star
1X
NBA All-Star Game MVP
11X
All-NBA
5X
NBA All Defensive
9X
NBA Assist Champion

Things to Know


Leader on the floor competitors dreaded.

John Stockton was perhaps the NBA's most complete floor general, finishing his 19-year career as the NBA's all-time leader in assists (15,806) and steals (3,265) while shooting 51.5% in his career despite being a mere 6-foot-1 and 170 pounds.

Career
After serving as a backup in his first three NBA seasons, Stockton seized the spotlight when given the chance to be a starter in 1986-87. That season, he racked up the first of his nine straight assists titles, averaging 13.8 apg and totaling 1,128 assists.

Stockton is not only the all-time assists leader, but he holds the mark for the three highest single-season assists mark (1,164 in 1990-91; 1,134 in 1989-90; 1,128 in 1987-88) and the highest apg in a single season (14.5 apg in 1989-90).

Only two players in NBA history have averaged double-digit assists in their careers: Stockton (10.5 apg) and Magic Johnson (11.2 apg).

Despite ranking as the all-time steals leader, Stockton ranks eighth in steals per game (2.2), a testament to his consistency as he averaged less than 1.5 spg in his career just twice (1984-85 and '97-98).

From 1988-89 through 1990-91, Stockton was a dominant force, averaging more than 17 ppg and his assists average ranged from 13.6 to 14.5 per game. Also, in 1993-94 and 1994-95 he recorded the then-highest field-goal percentages among NBA guards.

Known for his connection to Jazz power forward Karl Malone, Stockton delivered his record-setting assist on Feb. 1, 1995 against Denver when he found Malone with a baseline bounce pass that Malone corralled and then nailed a jumper. That assist moved Stockton past Johnson to give him 9,921 career assists.

On Feb. 20, 1996, Stockton became the all-time steals leader in a game against the Boston Celtics. He swiped the ball from Boston's Erik Williams in the fourth quarter for career steal No. 2,311, passing Maurice Cheeks for the all-time mark.

In the 1997 playoffs and Finals, Stockton delivered two of the greatest postseason moments in Jazz history. In Game 6 of the Western Conference finals, he keyed a late-game run and sank the game-winning, buzzer-beating 3-pointer to oust the Houston Rockets. In Game 4 of The Finals, he grabbed a defensive rebound and hit Malone with a full-court pass that helped Utah clinch a win and tie the series with the Chicago Bulls, 2-2.

Stockton's final NBA season (2001-02) was a standout one for him. In it he played his 18th season with the Jazz, which was a league record at the time. He also tallied his 15,000th career assist and finished with 1,504 career games (the third-most in NBA history at the time).

Highlights


NBA 75th Anniversary Team: John Stockton

NBA 75th Anniversary Team: John Stockton

Stockton layup

Best Point Guards: John Stockton

Stats


13.1
PPG
2.7
RPG
10.5
APG (2nd All-Time)
15,806
AST (1st All-Time)
3,265
STL (1st All-Time)

* Through the 2020-21 season

Career regular season stats

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2002-03UTA418227.710.83.87.848.30.41.036.32.93.582.60.61.82.57.71.70.22.22.2
2001-02UTA408231.313.44.99.551.70.31.032.13.43.985.70.72.53.28.21.90.32.52.5
2000-01UTA398229.211.54.07.950.40.71.646.22.83.481.70.72.12.88.71.60.32.52.4
1999-00UTA388229.712.14.48.850.10.51.535.52.73.186.00.52.12.68.61.70.22.22.3
1998-99UTA375028.211.14.08.248.80.31.032.02.73.481.10.62.32.97.51.60.32.22.1
1997-98UTA366429.012.04.28.052.80.61.442.93.03.682.70.52.02.68.51.40.22.52.2
1996-97UTA358235.314.45.19.354.80.92.242.23.44.084.60.52.22.810.52.00.23.02.4
1995-96UTH348235.514.75.410.053.81.22.742.22.93.483.00.72.12.811.21.70.23.02.5
1994-95UTH338235.014.75.29.654.21.22.844.93.03.780.40.72.43.112.32.40.33.32.6
1993-94UTH328236.215.15.610.652.80.61.832.23.34.180.50.92.33.112.62.40.33.22.9
1992-93UTH318234.915.15.311.048.60.92.338.53.64.579.80.82.12.912.02.40.33.22.7
1991-92UTH308236.615.85.511.548.21.02.540.73.84.584.20.82.53.313.73.00.33.52.9
1990-91UTH298237.817.26.011.950.70.72.034.54.45.383.60.62.32.914.22.90.23.62.8
1989-90UTH287837.417.26.111.851.40.61.441.64.55.581.90.71.92.614.52.70.23.53.0
1988-89UTH278238.717.16.111.353.80.20.824.24.85.586.31.02.03.013.63.20.23.82.9
1987-88UTH268234.714.75.59.657.40.30.835.83.34.084.00.72.22.913.83.00.23.23.0
1986-87UTH258222.77.92.85.649.90.10.518.42.22.878.20.41.51.88.22.20.22.02.7
1985-86UTH248223.67.72.85.748.90.00.213.32.12.583.90.41.82.27.41.90.12.02.8
1984-85UTH238218.25.61.94.147.10.00.118.21.72.473.60.31.01.35.11.30.11.82.5
Overall150431.813.14.79.151.50.61.538.43.23.982.60.62.12.710.52.20.22.82.6
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Selected for being pioneers that have helped shape, define, and redefine the game. This is the NBA 75th Anniversary Team.