Throwback Thursday: John Stockton

VIDEO: Great plays marked John Stockton’s storied career

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Today’s Topic: John Stockton

When the 1984 Draft was held, the big names from the college ranks were well known by most: Michael Jordan, Sam Bowie, Hakeem Olajuwon, Kevin Willis, Sam Perkins and Charles Barkley, just to name a few. Those players were all off the board by the time the Utah Jazz made their first-round pick at No. 16, when they chose Gonzaga point guard John Stockton.

Few would have guessed it at the time, but the Jazz were picking a player who would go on become the NBA’s all-time leader in two major statistical categories: assists (15,806) and steals (3,265). In his 19 seasons with Utah, Stockton led the NBA in assists nine consecutive seasons, was a 10-time All-Star, a two-time gold medal-winner with Team USA, one of the 50 Greatest Players of All-Time and played in the playoffs every season of his career (as well as in two NBA Finals).

In honor of Stockton turning 53 today, we take a look back at the storied career of one of the best playmaking point guards in NBA history:

Gallery: John Stockton’s career

What are your favorite Stockton memories? Leave your comments below!


  1. Basketballjohn says:

    Rockets VS Jazz 1996 Conference Finals!!! 1992 Barcelona Dream Team, Him and Karl Malone as all stars of the 1992 all star game i believe.

  2. Micah Astle says:

    It would have to be the 3 he hit against Barkley’s Rockets. It was the first finals apperance for the jazz and what a way to go in with a bang! I’ve never screamed so loud since!

  3. Kellen says:

    GOAT! Of the five main statistical categories, Stockton owns two of them. Nobody else can say the same.

  4. Da Truth says:

    Meh…. If it were’nt for Malone, Stockton would be just average.

    • bucks ga34 says:

      Its the other way around malone would be nothine without stockton

      • jerry sloan says:

        Both of you are wrong. They were both great great players. One didn’t make the other. They grew and evolved together. They probably had the best two man game in NBA history as far as running plays together. That pick and roll was unstoppable! Unfortunately, they never got their ring because they had to go against MJ and Scottie in the finals twice. But we all know they are two of the top 15 or 20 players of all time.