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Encyclopedia > John Stockton
John Stockton
Position Point guard
Nickname "The Stockman"
League NBA
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg)
Nationality USA
Born March 26, 1962 (1962-03-26) (age 45)
Flag of Washington Spokane, Washington
High school Gonzaga Prep
College Gonzaga
Draft 16th overall, 1984
Utah Jazz
Pro career 1984–2003
Former teams Utah Jazz (1984–2003)
Awards Selected as one of the "50 Greatest Players in NBA History"
Two-time All-NBA First Team selection
Six-time All-NBA Second Team selection
Three-time All-NBA Third Team selection
Five-time NBA All-Defensive Second Team selection
Ten-time NBA All-Star selection
Two-time Bausch and Lomb Court Vision Award winner
Two-time Allstate Good Hands Award winner
Olympic medal record
Men's Basketball
Gold 1992 Barcelona United States
Gold 1996 Atlanta United States

John Houston Stockton (born March 26, 1962) is a retired American professional basketball player who spent his entire career (1984–2003) as a point guard for the Utah Jazz of the NBA. Stockton is regarded as one of the best point guards of all time, holding the NBA records for career assists and steals by considerable margins. John Potter Stockton (August 2, 1826–January 22, 1900) was a New Jersey politician who served in the United States Senate as a Democrat. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... “NBA” redirects here. ... March 26 is the 85th day of the year (86th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Washington. ... Nickname: Location of Spokane in Spokane County and Washington Coordinates: , Country United States State Washington County Spokane Government  - Mayor Dennis P. Hession Area  - City  58. ... Gonzaga Preparatory School is a Jesuit high school located in Spokane, Washington. ... Gonzaga University is a private Catholic university located in Spokane, Washington. ... The 1984 NBA Draft saw the selection of four players who would be named among the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History at the leagues 50th anniversary in 1996: Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley and John Stockton. ... The Utah Jazz is a professional basketball team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. ... This article is about the sport. ... The 92 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXV Olympiad, were held in 1992 in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. ... The 1996 Summer Olympics, formally known as the Games of the XXVI Olympiad and informally known as the Centennial Olympics, were held in 1996 in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. ... March 26 is the 85th day of the year (86th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the sport. ... The 1984-85 NBA Season was the 39th season of the National Basketball Association. ... The 2002-03 NBA season is the 57th season of the National Basketball Association. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Utah Jazz is a professional basketball team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. ... “NBA” redirects here. ... In basketball, an assist is attributed to a player who passes the ball to a teammate in a way that leads to a score by field goal, meaning that he or she was assisting in the basket. ... In basketball, a steal occurs when a defensive player legally deflects and controls, catches, or bats to a teammate a pass or dribble of an offensive player. ...

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Early years

Stockton was born in Spokane, Washington to Clementine Frei and Jack Stockton.[1] He attended high school at Gonzaga Prep, graduating in 1980. He then played college basketball for Gonzaga University in his hometown where he averaged 20.9 points per game while shooting 57% from the field his senior year. Nickname: Location of Spokane in Spokane County and Washington Coordinates: , Country United States State Washington County Spokane Government  - Mayor Dennis P. Hession Area  - City  58. ... Gonzaga Preparatory School is a Jesuit high school located in Spokane, Washington. ... College basketball most often refers to the American basketball competitive governance structure established by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, or NCAA. Game between Illinois State Redbirds & Ball State Cardinals, February 17, 2007 in an ESPN Bracketbuster contest. ... Gonzaga University is a private Catholic university located in Spokane, Washington. ...


NBA career

Standing 6'1", Stockton is considered to be one of the NBA's greatest point guards. He averaged a career double-double, with 13.1 points and 10.5 assists per game. He holds the NBA's records for career assists (15,806) by a relatively large margin and career steals (3,265). He had five of the top six assists seasons in NBA history (the other belonging to Isiah Thomas). He holds the NBA record for the most seasons and consecutive games played with one team, and is third in total games played, behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Robert Parish. He missed only 22 games during his career, 18 of them in one season. As a point of comparison, he played in 34 games where he tallied 20 or more assists. A double-double is a basketball term, defined as an individual performance in a game in which a player accumulates a double digit number total in any two of these categories: points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocked shots. ... The slam dunk by LeBron James is a field goal worth 2 points. ... In basketball, an assist is attributed to a player who passes the ball to a teammate in a way that leads to a score by field goal, meaning that he or she was assisting in the basket. ... In basketball, a steal occurs when a defensive player legally deflects and controls, catches, or bats to a teammate a pass or dribble of an offensive player. ... For the boxer, see Isiah Thomas (boxer). ... For the football player, see Abdul-Karim al-Jabbar. ... Robert Lee Parish (born August 30, 1953) in Shreveport, Louisiana) is a retired American basketball center. ...


Stockton appeared in 10 All-Star games, and was named co-MVP of the game in 1993 with Jazz teammate Karl Malone, which was held in Salt Lake City, Utah. He played with the 1992 and 1996 US Olympic basketball teams, known as Dream Team (basketball) I and II, the first Olympic squads to feature NBA players, keeping the game ball from both Gold Medal games. He was selected to the All-NBA First Team twice, the All-NBA Second Team six times, the All-NBA Third Team three times, and the NBA All-Defensive Second Team five times. He was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA history in 1996. Stockton's career highlight came in Game 6 of the 1997 Western Conference Finals, in which he hit the winning 3-point shot over the Houston Rockets' Charles Barkley to send the Jazz to the first of its two consecutive NBA Finals appearances. The NBA staged its first All-Star Game in the Boston Garden on March 2, 1951. ... In American sports, a Most Valuable Player (MVP) award is an honor typically bestowed upon the best performing player or players on a specific team, in an entire league, or for a particular contest or series of contests. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Salt Lake City is the capital and the most populous city of the U.S. state of Utah. ... The Dream Team was the unofficial nickname of the United States mens basketball team that won the gold medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. ... The Associated Press All-NBA Team, also known simply as the All-NBA Team, is an annual honor bestowed on the best players in the league following every NBA season. ... The Associated Press All-NBA Team, also known simply as the All-NBA Team, is an annual honor bestowed on the best players in the league following every NBA season. ... The Associated Press All-NBA Team, also known simply as the All-NBA Team, is an annual honor bestowed on the best players in the league following every NBA season. ... The 50 Greatest Players in National Basketball Association History (also referred to as the NBAs 50th Anniversary All-Time Team) were chosen in 1996 on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the National Basketball Association (NBA). ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... The Western Conference of the National Basketball Association is made up of fifteen teams, and organized in three divisions of five teams each. ... The Houston Rockets are an American professional basketball team based in Houston, Texas. ... Charles Wade Barkley (born February 20, 1963) is a retired American professional basketball player. ... The 1997 NBA Finals was the concluding series of the 1997 NBA Playoffs that determined the champion of the 1996–97 NBA season. ...


For many years, he and Malone were the Jazz's 1-2 punch. The two played a record 1,412 regular-season games together as teammates. Many of Stockton's assists resulted from passes to Malone.


Stockton earned the "old school" tag for his physical play (surveys of athletes and fans alike often judged him among the toughest players in the NBA, usually just behind teammate Karl Malone); his uniform "short shorts" (he was the most recent notable NBA player to wear them, preferring the style long after the rest of the league had adopted today's baggy look); his conservative dress off the court, which contrasted with many of his NBA contemporaries; and his reserved demeanor. Old school, variously spelled old skool, oldschool or oldskool, is a slang term referring to an older school of thinking or acting and to old objects in general, within the context of newer, more modern times. ... For other uses, see Shorts (disambiguation). ...


On May 2, 2003, Stockton announced his retirement with a released statement instead of the customary news conference. The Jazz later held a retirement ceremony for him, in which Salt Lake City renamed the street in front of the Energy Solutions Arena, where the Jazz play, "John Stockton Drive." His number-12 jersey was retired by the Jazz during a game on November 22, 2004. A statue of Stockton can be seen in front of the Energy Solutions Arena; an accompanying statue of Karl Malone was placed nearby on March 23, 2006. The Malone and Stockton statues stand on a bronze plaque commemorating their achievements together. The EnergySolutions Arena is an indoor arena in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. ... is the 326th day of the year (327th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Stockton and his wife, the former Nada Stepovich (daughter of Michael Anthony Stepovich, the penultimate territorial governor of Alaska), have two daughters, Lindsay and Laura, and four sons, Houston, Michael, David and Samuel. They live in Spokane next door to his parents. Michael Anthony Stepovich (born March 12, 1919 in Fairbanks, Alaska) is an American Republican politician who was Governor of Alaska Territory from 1957 to 1958. ... Official language(s) English[1] Spoken language(s) English 85. ...


Player profile

Stockton, a 10-time NBA All-Star commandingly holds the NBA record for career assists with 15,806 (10.5 per game), and had 5,483 more career assists than Mark Jackson, who is second all-time. To put this tremendous margin in context, only 33 (including Stockton and Jackson) players in NBA history have recorded more than 5,483 assists in their entire careers. Stockton also holds the record for assists-per-game average over one season (14.5 in 1990), and is one of three players who have logged more than 1,000 assists in one season, joining Kevin Porter (1,099 in 1979) and Isiah Thomas (1,123 in 1985) in the exclusive list. Stockton did this seven times, with season totals of 1164, 1134, 1128, 1126, 1118, 1031 and 1011 assists [1]. Mark A. Jackson (born April 1, 1965 in Brooklyn, New York) is a 6 3 former professional basketball player who played point guard for the New York Knicks, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Denver Nuggets, Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz, and Houston Rockets in the NBA in a career spanning from... Kevin Porter (born April 17, 1950 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American former professional basketball player. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... For the boxer, see Isiah Thomas (boxer). ... Year 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar). ...

Bronze statue of Stockton outside the Delta Center (now known as EnergySolutions Arena).
Bronze statue of Stockton outside the Delta Center (now known as EnergySolutions Arena).

He and Karl Malone are regarded as the quintessential pick and roll duo. Apart from his passing skill, Stockton was also known for being a capable scorer (13.1 points per game career average, with a high .515 shooting percentage) with a reliable three-point shot (.384 lifetime average). He is 30th on the all-time NBA scoring list with 19,711 career points[2]. Despite the fact that he never pulled down more than 9 rebounds (or recorded more than 9 steals) during a regular season game, he recorded one career triple double, in a playoff game against the Dallas Mavericks. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2288x1712, 822 KB) Summary Bronze statue of John Stockton outside Delta Center (SE corner) in Salt Lake City, Utah. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2288x1712, 822 KB) Summary Bronze statue of John Stockton outside Delta Center (SE corner) in Salt Lake City, Utah. ... The EnergySolutions Arena is an indoor arena in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States owned by Larry H. Miller. ... The pick and roll (also called screen and roll or shortened to screen-roll) in basketball, is an offensive play in which a player sets a screen (pick) for a teammate handling the ball and then slips behind the defender (rolls) to accept a pass. ... A triple-double is a basketball term, defined as an individual performance in a game in which a player accumulates double-digit totals (i. ... The Dallas Mavericks (also known as the Mavs) are an NBA basketball team based in Dallas, Texas. ...


On defense, Stockton holds the NBA record for career steals with 3,265, nearly 30 percent more than second placed Michael Jordan, who had 2,514[3]. Similar to his career-long partner Malone, Stockton was considered a "dirty" defender by some, but he was certainly effective, earning five NBA All-Defensive Second Team nominations. For other persons named Michael Jordan, see Michael Jordan (disambiguation). ...


To put Stockton's statistical dominance in perspective, there are only four other players in NBA history who have logged more than half of Stockton's career totals in both assists and steals: Magic Johnson, Gary Payton, Isiah Thomas and Jason Kidd. There is no player in league history who has more than 60% of Stockton's career totals in both of these categories. Earvin Effay Johnson, Jr. ... This article is about the basketball player. ... For the boxer, see Isiah Thomas (boxer). ... Jason Frederick Kidd (born March 23, 1973, in San Francisco, California) is an American All-Star professional basketball player in the NBA. After earlier tours with the Dallas Mavericks and Phoenix Suns, he is currently the New Jersey Nets starting point guard and captain. ...


Stockton was known for his unassuming, no-nonsense approach to the game, hard-nosed defense, and fanatical work-ethic in preparation, which resulted in his extreme durability. He played 1,504 of 1,526 possible games in his 19-season career. In his first 13 seasons, he missed only four games until he missed the first 18 games of the 1997-98 season due to an injured MCL in his left knee sustained in the preseason. That was the only major injury in his career and he never missed another game after returning. In his last season at age 41, he started in all 82 games, and finished with more-than-respectable averages of 10.8 ppg and 7.7 apg. Diagram of the knee The medial collateral ligament (or MCL) is one of the four major ligaments of the knee. ...


Stockton avoided endorsements, and stayed loyal to Utah despite being offered significantly more money by other teams. In 1996 he agreed to a deal that made salary-cap space available so the team could improve, but insisted on guaranteed Delta Center ice time for his son's hockey team.[2]


On May 11, 2006, ESPN.com named Stockton the 4th best point guard of all time.[3]


Footnotes

External links

1992 Olympic Champions Men's Basketball – "Dream Team"
Charles Barkley | Larry Bird | Clyde Drexler | Patrick Ewing | Magic Johnson | Michael Jordan
Christian Laettner | Karl Malone | Chris Mullin | Scottie Pippen | David Robinson | John Stockton
Coach: Chuck Daly
1996 Olympic Champions Men's BasketballUnited States
Charles Barkley | Penny Hardaway | Grant Hill | Karl Malone | Reggie Miller | Hakeem Olajuwon
Shaquille O'Neal | Gary Payton | Scottie Pippen | Mitch Richmond | David Robinson | John Stockton
Coach: Lenny Wilkins

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washingtonpost.com: John Stockton (373 words)
John Stockton is perhaps the best passer in NBA history and one of the league’s top point guards.
Stockton played college ball at little-known Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, where he averaged 20.9 points and 7.2 assists as a senior and finished as the first player in school history to register more than 1,000 points and 500 assists.
Stockton posted his best numbers from 1988-89 through 1990-91, a period in which his combined scoring average was just better than 17 points and his assists average ranged from 13.6 to 14.5 per game.
John Stockton - MSN Encarta (325 words)
John Stockton, born in 1962, American professional basketball player, considered one of the greatest point guards in National Basketball Association (NBA) history.
Born in Spokane, Washington, Stockton graduated from Gonzaga University in 1984.
Stockton led the NBA in assists a record nine years in a row—every season from 1987-88 to 1995-96—and during this string he set the mark for the highest number of assists per game over one season (14.5, 1989-90).
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