Posts Tagged ‘1984 Draft’

Throwback Thursday: John Stockton


VIDEO: Great plays marked John Stockton’s storied career

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball. Suggestions are always welcome!

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!

Throwback Thursday: 1984 NBA Draft


VIDEO: The84Draft: Jordan vs. Bowie

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball.

Today’s Topic: 1984 NBA Draft

The much talked about 1984 NBA Draft occurred on June 19, 1984. Five players from this Draft were inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and countless other players were key contributors in the NBA. This is, without a doubt, the best Draft class in the history of the league and deserves to be celebrated.

This Throwback Thursday we look back at the best players selected 30 years ago today.

(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)


Gallery: TBT: 1984 NBA Draft

Who’s your favorite player from this draft class? Leave your comments below!

No. 1 – A ‘Dream’ of a season

The84Draft

The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Hakeem Olajuwon

Hakeem Olajuwon accomplished a unique NBA feat in the 1993-94 season.

Name: Hakeem Olajuwon

Position: Center

Vitals: 7 feet, 225 pounds

Birthday: Jan. 21, 1963

College: Houston

Drafted in 1984: 1st overall by Houston Rockets

Draft fact: There is only one player to collect the NBA’s Most Valuable Player, Defensive Player of the Year and NBA Finals MVP in the same season … and he was also selected No. 1 at the 1984 NBA Draft. Hakeem Olajuwon accomplished this unseen feat in NBA history during the 1993-94 season as the Houston Rockets claimed the first of their two back-to-back NBA championships.


VIDEO: Check out the top 10 plays from Hakeem Olajuwon’s career

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No. 2 – Stockton leaves lasting NBA mark

The84Draft

The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

John Stockton

In 1995, John Stockton became the NBA’s all-time assists king.

Name: John Stockton

Position: Guard

Vitals: 6-foot-1, 170 pounds

Birthday: March 26, 1962

College: Gonzaga

Drafted in 1984: 16th overall by Utah Jazz

Draft fact: John Stockton has a unique place in ’84 Draft history — and NBA lore. He is the only player from that class (and in NBA history) to be the all-time leader in two major statistical categories: assists (15,806) and steals (3,265).


VIDEO: Relive the moment when John Stockton set the NBA’s all-time assists record

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No. 3 – Robertson’s stellar defense

Alvin Robertson

Alvin Robertson led the league in steals three times in his career.

The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Name: Alvin Robertson

Position: Guard

Vitals: 6-foot-3, 185 pounds

Birthday: July 22, 1962

College: Arkansas

Drafted in 1984: 7th overall by San Antonio Spurs

Draft fact: Alvin Robertson led the league in steals three times (1985-86, ’86-87 and 1990-91) and is the only NBA player to ever eclipse 300 steals in a single season (when he had 301 in ’85-86). In the 1985-86 season, he won the inaugural Most Improved Player Award and, that season, also won the Sixth Man of the Year Award.

We’re just three hours away from “The84Draft” on NBA TV! Tune in for the captivating story on one of the NBA’s most talent-filled and unique classes ever.

No. 4 – Jordan among the legends

The84Draft

The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan stands as the third all-time leading scorer in NBA history.

Name: Michael Jordan

Position: Guard

Vitals: 6-foot-6, 195 pounds

Birthday: Feb. 17, 1963

College: North Carolina

Drafted in 1984: 3rd overall by Chicago Bulls

Draft fact: Michael Jordan, who was chosen No. 3 in the 1984 Draft, made 12,192 field goals in his career. That total puts him No. 4 all time in the NBA, behind only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone and Wilt Chamberlain.


VIDEO: Take a look back at Michael Jordan’s storied career

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No. 6 – Olajuwon’s 5-by-5 feats

The84Draft

The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Hakeem Olajuwon

For Hakeem Olajuwon, 5-by-5 games were a norm.

Name: Hakeem Olajuwon

Position: Center

Vitals: 7 feet, 225 pounds

Birthday: Jan. 21, 1963

College: Houston

Drafted in 1984: 1st overall by Houston Rockets

Draft fact: Olajuwon, the 1st selection in the 1984 Draft, has the most games in NBA history with a stat line of at least five points, rebounds, blocks, steals and assists in a game. Olajuwon performed that feat six times during his Hall of Fame career.


VIDEO: Hakeem Olajuwon records a 5-by-5 game in 1990

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No. 7 – Schmidt stars in Italy

The84Draft
The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Oscar Schmidt

Hall of Famer Oscar Schmidt was a scoring superstar in Italy.

Name: Oscar Schmidt

Position: Forward

Vitals: 6-foot-9, 236 pounds

Birthday: Feb. 16, 1958

Country: Brazil

Drafted in 1984: 131st overall (No. 15 in sixth round) by New Jersey Nets

Draft fact: Oscar Schmidt was the 131st pick at the 1984 NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets but made his career overseas. He was the leading scorer of Italy’s Lega Basket Serie A seven times. He led Brazil to five consecutive Olympics appearances and posted more than 1,000 points in Olympic competition.

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No. 8 – From Draft to ’84 Olympics

The84Draft

The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

Names: Michael Jordan, Sam Perkins, Alvin Robertson, Leon Wood, Jeff Turner and Vern Fleming

Colleges: North Carolina (Jordan and Perkins), Arkansas (Robertson), Cal State Fullerton (Wood), Vanderbilt (Turner), Georgia (Fleming)

Drafted in 1984: 3rd overall by Chicago Bulls (Jordan), 4th overall by Dallas Mavericks (Perkins), 7th overall by San Antonio Spurs (Robertson), 10th overall by Philadelphia 76ers (Wood), 17th overall by New Jersey Nets (Turner), 18th overall by Indiana Pacers (Fleming)

Draft fact: Eight days after the 1984 Draft, first-rounders Michael Jordan, Sam Perkins, Alvin Robertson, Leon Wood, Jeff Turner and Vern Fleming were named to the U.S. Olympic team. That team would go on to beat Spain in the gold medal game in Los Angeles.

We’re just eight hours away from “The84Draft” on NBA TV! Tune in for the captivating story on one of the NBA’s most talent-filled and unique classes ever.

No. 9 – Stockton dishes it out

The84Draft

The countdown is on! We’re offering 84 facts on the ’84 Draft – one every hour — in advance of the June 9 premiere of “The84Draft” on NBA TV.

John Stockton

John Stockton began his assault on the NBA’s assist records in 1987-88.

Name: John Stockton

Position: Guard

Vitals: 6-foot-1, 170 pounds

Birthday: March 26, 1962

College: Gonzaga

Drafted in 1984: 16th overall by Utah Jazz

Draft fact: John Stockton, the 16th pick of the 1984 Draft, led the league in assists in nine straight seasons (from 1987-88 to 1995-96).


VIDEO: Relive some great assists from throughout John Stockton’s career

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