Trough NBA history, we have seen numerous great point guards. From the likes of Magic, Stockton, Isiah, and Curry to many others, the league has seen its fair share of great playmakers. But one guy that rarely gets mentioned or respected is Mark Price. The legendary John Stockton made sure to give him his flowers in an interview a few years ago.
The legendary Utah Jazz point guard John Stockton made an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show a couple of years ago and shared a few interesting views and stories from his career. While talking about the only dunk of his career that happened in Cleveland while playing against Mark Price, John decided to defend Price and his career amidst Dan's jokes:
"Oh, no, that guy(Price) defended like a bobcat. He's underrated. He's one of the best guards I ever played against. He could score, and yet he can pass it. I was not kidding about the defense. He was tough, gritty, and he was quick. So yeah, I think he's one of the most underrated guys I've played against."
John Stockton, The Dan Patrick Show
Stockton is considered to maybe be even the best pure playmaker ever, as he faced a lot of great guards, but still, Mark Price holds a very high spot on his list. In the late 80s and early 90s, Price's career was at its peak. He spent 9 out of his 12 seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers and made 4x All-Star teams along with 4 All-NBA selections.
The sweet-shooting touch and playmaking ability made him a point guard ahead of his time, and in his arguably best season, Price would average 19.6 ppg and 9.1 apg on 40,6% from deep. Price was the head of those great Cavs teams that featured guys like Brad Daugherty, Craig Ehlo, Larry Nance, and more.
But Price still never quite managed to become a true star or champion in the league, as that is why probably not too many fans remember him to this day or rank amongst the great guards. But Stockton knows firsthand how good Price was in his heyday.