John Stockton

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Basketball player
John Stockton
John Stockton 1988-89.jpg

Stockton in 1988 in the jersey of Jazz

Player information
Full name John Houston Stockton
birthday 26th March 1962 (age 58)
place of birth Spokane , Washington , United States
size 185 cm
position Point guard
college Gonzaga , Washington
NBA draft 1984 , 16th Pick, Utah Jazz
Jersey number 12
Clubs as active
1980-1984 United StatesUnited States Gonzaga Bulldogs ( NCAA )
1984-2003 United StatesUnited States Utah Jazz
National team
1992, 1996 United StatesUnited States United States

John Houston Stockton (born March 26, 1962 in Spokane , Washington ) is a retired American basketball player who played on the position of point guard . During his active time from 1984 to 2003 he was active exclusively for the Utah Jazz in the NBA . He was considered a consistent and reliable builder and passer and is considered one of the best point guards in NBA history. In 2009 he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame .


After four years of college at Gonzaga University , the 1.85 meter tall John Stockton began his basketball career in the NBA in 1984 . He was selected on the recommendation of Jack Gardner of the Utah Jazz in 16th place in the draft . Despite a good performance as a substitute (6.3 points and 3.4 assists per game), he just missed a place on the All NBA rookie team. For the first few years Stockton played behind Rickey Green as his substitute. In the 1986/87 season Stockton played for the first time in the starting five (starting lineup) and improved his average to 7.9 points and 8.2 assists. Although he and Karl Malone performed well, it was not enough for a progression in the play-offs .

Stockton as passer and Karl Malone as power forward played together successfully for over ten years, which earned them the nickname Stockalone . They were best known for their textbook-like mastery of pick and roll moves. However, they always failed in the decisive games on teams that were better staffed, such as in the NBA finals in 1997 and 1998 at the Chicago Bulls .

John Stockton retired in 2003 after 19 years with the Utah Jazz. He was the record holder for most seasons for a team until it was topped by Kobe Bryant with 20 seasons in 2015 .

Stockton has a number of individual bests in the history of the NBA: He is the best passer, with a total of 15,806 he has by far the most assists of all NBA players. In the ranking of the most assists per game, he is second behind Magic Johnson . Scott Skiles got the most assists in a single game , with a total of 30 successful assists. Stockton ranks second with 28 assists. Stockton is also the best ball thief in NBA history and holds the NBA record with 3,265 steals , well ahead of Jason Kidd, who ranks second with 2,684. On April 6, 2009, Stockton was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame with Michael Jordan , David Robinson and Jerry Sloan .

His sons Michael and David also play basketball professionally.


Individual evidence

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  3. Statistics on
  4. ^ NBA History - Steals Leaders
  5. ^ NN: Jordan, Robinson, Stockton, Sloan elected to Hall of Fame. ( Memento of January 4, 2013 on web archive ) (Archived from the NBA website; New York, NY, April 6, 2009.)
  6. ^ NN (Official Press Release): Kings Sign David Stockton. On: NBA website; New York, NY April 12, 2015. Retrieved September 14, 2018 (in English).
  7. ^ Tony Jones: David Stockton elated to stick with Jazz for rest of season. On: The Salt Lake Tribune website; Salt Lake City, UT, April 9, 2018. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
  8. NN (Official Press Release): Son of John Stockton becomes one of the "Heroes of Tomorrow". Retrieved August 15, 2018 . (On: Medi Bayreuth website; Bayreuth, August 1, 2018.)

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