When discussions come up about the best players to ever play the game one man is often left out. The best PG ever and maybe the best player to ever play the game—John Stockton.
Now, I hope he’s not the best to ever play because when the day comes and someone takes over that title, I hope I’m still around to witness it.
I understand that by now you might be thinking to yourself that I’m not going out on a limb by calling the best assist man to ever play the game the best PG ever. My answer to that, keep reading.
Stockton came out of Gonzaga still relatively unknown to the country and many believed Utah was taking a gamble by selecting him with the 16th pick.
When his career was over Stockton finished No. 1 in assists and No. 1 in steals. His record for steals stands at 3,265 which is close to 1,000 more than Michael Jordan.
Yet, what goes unnoticed is that during his 19-year NBA career he missed only 22 games, and 18 of those came during one season (MCL injury). In today’s pampered-athlete world, where players often sit out due to sprained fingers or hangnails, that stat is completely outrageous.
Stockton played in 10 All-Star games and averaged a double-double (13.1 PPG & 10.5 APG) for his career.
Jason Kidd recently passed Magic Johnson on the all-time assists chart to become No. 3, and many people regard him as one of the best ever. During the game in which he passed Magic, Kidd went for 20 assists.
As a PG, the 20 assist mark is a milestone and extremely note worthy, Stockton dropped 20 or more 34 times in his career. This is a mark that is assured to stand for a long time.
Also during his remarkable career Stockton was apart of two gold medal teams and made two trips to the NBA finals.
He was also named to the NBA’s 50 greatest players list and was named ESPN’s No. 4 PG of all time. I don’t know what the criteria was, but knowing ESPN they had to throw a few guys ahead of him who were still shooting into peach baskets. [Read more...]
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