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John Stockton shares how many dunks he had in his career

"We didn't have video back in those days"
John Stockton

John Stockton

When talking about John Stockton, his career, and playstyle, the first things that come up are the pure playmaking ability, reliability, consistency, durability, and quick hands. But the last thing you would associate with Stockton is the athletic power and dunking ability. But even so, John revealed he actually managed to get up to the rim back in the day. At least one time.

One hit wonder

A few years ago on the Dan Patrick Show, the legendary Utah Jazz point guard, John Stockton, got asked if he ever dunked in an NBA game. To everyone's surprise, John revealed he had done it once:

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"One. And nobody even noticed it. I can tell you the time, the place, the game, and it was late in the game, and I didn't tear the rim down or anything, but I was pretty fired up about it. Nobody even came up off the bench or noticed. I said well, that as good as it gets, boys. I didn't really try it again. We didn't have video back in those days. It was a Cleveland game back in my first or second game at the old Salt Palace, so I don't think there's any video."

John Stockton, The Dan Patrick Show

Unfortunately, as that was in the mid-80s, we couldn't find the footage of John Stockton throwing it down versus the Cavs, just like the point guard said. But for some reason, I really believe him. Stockton seems like an honest, modest, and trustworthy guy. After all, he might be small for NBA standards, but at 6'1'', any NBA athlete can throw it down easily.

It was probably just your standard one-hander rim grazer, and as much it got Stockton fired up, his teammate and the fans didn't care too much for it. That is why he decided to keep playing below the rim for the rest of his career and utilize what he does best. Maybe saving his knees and playing at his pace helped him have a long, good and healthy 19-year career. A smart business decision

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