The draft class that changed Basketball: 1984
4. John Stockton; 16th Overall; 1984-2003; Utah Jazz
Career Averages: 13.1 PPG, 10.5 APG, 2.7 RPG, 2.2 SPG
Stockton, a ten time All-Star, spent his entire career with the Utah Jazz. He was arguably the most complete Point Guard to have ever played in the NBA.
He holds the NBA record for career assists and career steals. He’s one of the three people to have recorded more than 1000 assists in a single season. While this list in itself is exclusive, Stockton achieved this feat seven times throughout his career. He formed a landmark partnership with Karl Malone, establishing themselves as the quintessential pick and roll duo.
Defensively, Stockton was a hard-nosed, no nonsense defender. He had a work ethic bordering on the fanatic which led to many calling him a dirty player. He was lightning quick and stuck close to his opponent enabling him to accumulate a record 3625 steals.
Stockton was extremely durable, missing merely 22 games in his entire career. He played 1504 out of a possible 1526 games and maintained the same high level of play till the very end of his career . His #12 jersey was retired by the Jazz. He was inducted into the Hall of fame in 2009.Published 06 Oct 2013, 18:57 IST