John Stockton To Be Inducted Into Hall Of Fame

jonathan staub@JStaubSportTalkCorrespondent IApril 4, 2009

SACRAMENTO, CA - APRIL 30:  John Stockton #12 of the Utah Jazz dribbles in Game five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Sacramento Kings during the 2003 NBA Playoffs at Arco Arena on April 30, 2003 in Sacramento, California.  The Kings won 111-91.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by: Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

The Salt Lake Tribune is reporting that the NBA’s all-time leader in assists and steals, John Stockton, will be inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.


Reports indicate that Stockton will join Jazz coach Jerry Sloan, the longest tenured coach in American sports, as inductees when the official announcements are made Monday at the Final Four in Detroit.


“I don't know how I'm going to feel, make or miss,” Stockton said about the prospect of induction earlier this week, according to the Tribune. “As things came along throughout my career, I always tried to take them as they came, the good and the bad.”

There has been a lot of good to come Stockton’s way throughout his career.

Stockton has recorded 19,711 points, 15,806 assists, 3,265 steals, 4,051 rebounds and recorded a 52 percent career field goal percentage; as well as being an 83 percent career free-throw shooter.

Stockton, a 10-time All-Star, was the point man for 19 years in Utah. Along with Karl Malone, Stockton helped lead the Jazz to two NBA finals, where they fell to Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls both times.

Jordan, along with Spurs center David Robinson and Rutgers women’s coach C. Vivian Stringer, are reported to be joining Stockton and Sloan as inductees.