Date of Birth: 26 March 1962
Born At: Spokane, Washington USA
NBA Experience : 19 seasons
- Selected in 1996 as one of the "50 Greatest Players in NBA History"
- NBA’s all-time leader in assists (15,806) and in steals (3,265)
- Two-time All-NBA First Team selection (1993-94 and 1994-95), six-time All-NBA Second Team selection (1987-90, 1991-92, 1992-93, and 1995-96), and three-time All-NBA Third Team selection (1990-91, 1996-97, 1998-99).
- Five-time NBA All-Defensive Second Team selection (1988-89, 1990-92, 1994-95, 1996-97).
- Ten-time NBA All-Star selection who played in nine consecutive games from 1989 to 1997, averaging 7.8 ppg, 8.2 apg and 1.67 spg
- Named co-MVP with teammate Karl Malone of the 1993 All-Star Game in Salt Lake City, dishing out 15 assists, with nine points and six rebounds
- Holds the league record for most seasons with the same franchise (19; 1984-85 through 2002-03)
- Finished the 2002-03 season with 19,711 points
- Ranks second on the NBA’s all-time list in games played (1,504)
- Broke John Havlicek’s record of 1,270 games played with one franchise when he suited up for the Jazz vs. Detroit on 11/26/00.
- Played in every game in 17 of his 19 seasons.
- Missed only four games in his first 13 NBA seasons, all in 1989-90, before missing the first 18 games of the 1997-98 season while recovering from off-season left knee arthroscopic surgery.
- Played in 609 consecutive games from 2/13/90 through 4/20/97, the eighth-longest streak in NBA history.
- Holds record for most seasons leading league in assists (nine, 1987-88 through 1995-96), most assists in a single season (1,164 in 1990-91), and highest single-season assists-per-game average (14.5 in 1989-90).
- Accounted for seven of the nine seasons of 1,000 or more assists in league history (Kevin Porter and Isiah Thomas) and posted the top four single-season assist totals.
- Served up the 15,000th assist of his career at Houston on 3/10/02.
- Became the all-time NBA steals leader in a 112-98 victory over the Boston Celtics on 2/20/96, breaking Maurice Cheeks’ record of 2,310.
- Led the NBA in steals in 1988-89 (3.21 spg) and 1991-92 (2.98 spg)
- Finished 2002-03 with a career field-goal percentage of .515, the fourth-best percentage by a guard in NBA history behind Lewis Lloyd (.524), Maurice Cheeks (.523) and Magic Johnson (.520).
- Participated in the NBA Playoffs in all 19 of his seasons.
- Appeared in the 1997 and 1998 NBA Finals against the Chicago Bulls, averaging 12.3 ppg, 8.8 apg, and 2.0 spg, while shooting .495 (55-111) in 12 contests.
- Hit the game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer in a 103-100 victory over the Houston Rockets in Game Six of the 1997 Western Conference Finals to propel the Jazz to their first trip to the NBA Finals.
- Matched the NBA Playoffs single-game record with 24 assists against the L.A. Lakers in Game Five of the 1988 Western Conference Semifinals
- A member of the men’s basketball "Dream Team" that won the gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona and the 1996 Dream Team that won gold in Atlanta.
- During career, named NBA Player of the Week six times and Player of the Month once (February, 1988).
John Stockton biography
John Stockton ranks among the top point guards in NBA history, the league’s all-time leader in both assists and steals.
A gritty, durable player who sees the floor as well as anyone who ever played the game, he holds many assists records, including the mark for career assists at 15,806. Stockton’s other records include most assists in a season (1,164), highest assists average for a season (14.5 apg), a tie for most assists in a playoff game (24), most consecutive seasons leading the league and total seasons leading the league (9), and a tie for third for most assists in a game (28).
In addition, in 1995-96 he became the league’s all-time leader in steals, passing Maurice Cheeks’ mark of 2,310. He ended his 19 year career with 3,265 steals.
Stockton is an annual All-Star and All-NBA selection and has made the NBA All-Defensive Team three times. Heteam ed with Karl Malone to form one of the most productive and enduring duos in league history. After missing a total of four games in his first 13 pro seasons, Stockton missed the first 18 games of the 1997-98 campaign following preseason knee surgery, but has played in every game since that time.
Like Malone, Stockton was a member of the original Dream Team that won a gold medal at the Olympics in Barcelona in 1992. And like Malone, he also competed on the Dream Team that won the gold medal at the Olympics in Atlanta in 1996.