When you think about the definition of a true floor general and pure point guards, John Stockton‘s name always comes up in these conversations. Stockton is one of those Hall of Fame players that unfortunately played in the Michael Jordan era, which effectively led to him not winning a championship despite the fact he played in the NBA finals two years in a row. Stockton is still the all-time leader in assists and steals, and it’s hard to imagine someone breaking that record anytime soon.
On top of all his accolades he accumulated during his 19-year-long career with the Utah Jazz, Stockton was a part of two Dream Teams, the original Dream Team from 1992 and Dream Team II from 1996. Both teams dominated their opponents by a significant margin, although it was evident the international squads were slowly but surely catching up.
Something pretty unusual about that Dream Team from 1996 is that it was none other than John Stockton, who led that team in blocks during their run. Stockton did this standing at 6’1″ and ended the tournament with a total of 4 blocks, which was good for 0.5 blocks per game. Remember this Dream Team had Hakeem Olajuwon, Shaquille O’Neal, David Robinson, Scottie Pippen, Charles Barkley, and Karl Malone on their roster. Shaq and Pippen both had three blocks in total throughout the entire tournament.
Stockton did this in only 95 minutes of playing time during the tournament, which was lowest on that team. He also averaged 3.8 points, 2.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game throughout the Olympics. You might ask yourself how that was possible that the shortest player on such a team could lead the team in blocks. Stockton was a true definition of a hard-nosed defensive stopper who was never afraid to challenge bigger and stronger players than he was. That was something that epitomized his entire career with the Jazz, and because of these relatively unknown accomplishments, he is considered as one of the best point guards in NBA history.