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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!