John Stockton Biography

John Stockton is a retired guard who played for the Utah Jazz. During his 19-year career, he was a 10-time All-Star and 11-time All-NBA selection. He is the NBA's all-time leader in steals and assists. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in September of 2009 and is a member of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.

College Career

John Stockton averaged 20.9 points, 7.2 assists and shot 57 percent from the field during his senior season at Gonzaga University. He was the first player in school history to notch over 1,000 points and 500 assists.

Professional Career

John Stockton was the 16th pick of the 1984 NBA draft by the Utah Jazz. In his first season, he set rookie records for steals and assists. After coming off the bench during his first three seasons, his career took off in year four (1987-88). He averaged double digits in points (14.7) and assists (13.8) and was third in the league in steals (2.95).

He averaged double digits in points and assists and was one of the league leaders in steals for 10 straight seasons. Two of his best statistical seasons were in 1989-90 and 1990-91 when he averaged 17.2 points and 14.5 assists and 17.2 and 14.2, respectively.

He was selected as the co-MVP of the 1993 All-Star Game in Salt Lake City after scoring nine points and handing out 15 assists as the West topped the East, 135-132 in overtime.

He teamed with Karl Malone to form one of the most lethal inside-outside combinations in NBA history. The duo led the Jazz to the 1997 and 1998 NBA Finals, where they lost both times to the Bulls.

Stockton played in all 82 games in 17 of his 19 seasons -- with the Jazz making the playoffs each season. He led the league in steals twice and in assists nine times. In 1988, he tied an NBA playoff single-game record by tallying 24 assists against the Lakers. He averaged 13.1 points and 10.5 assists for his career and is the NBA all-time leader in assists (15,806) and steals (3,265). His other records include most total assists in a season (1,164) and highest average for a season (14.5).

He played 1,504 games -- third all-time -- before retiring after the 2002-03 season.

Olympics

John Stockton was a member of the Dream Team, which won gold at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona and the U.S. National team, which won gold at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

Personal

John Stockton was born March 26, 1962 to Clementine Frei and Jack Stockton in Spokane, Wash. He is married to Nada Stepovich and has two daughters, Lindsay and Laura, and four sons, Houston, Michael, David and Samuel.