When in 2003 John Stockton finished his 19-year long basketball career in the jersey of Utah Jazz, he set a record for eternity: with 15,806 assists he set a mark that hardly anyone will break.
The Jazz selected Stockton with the 16th overall pick in the 1984 NBA Draft, which also included Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, and Charles Barkley. The following year, the Jazz drafted Karl Malone.
Stockton was always a highly focused point guard, who flourished only from the 1987/88 season on completely.
From that year on, the graduate of the University of Gonzaga delivered at least twelve assists per game in eight consecutive seasons (1988-96), and nine times he was the league's best passer (1988-97).
With a career cut of 10.5 APG, however, Stockton is behind Magic Johnson (11.2). Nonetheless, John Stockton has not only been a point guard with a 360-degree view of the field, but also an outstanding defender.
With 3,265 steals he leads another category of all-time statistics. Stockton was a 10-time All-Star, in 1993 together with his teammate Malone he was honored as co-MVP of the All-Star Game. He played in 1504 games and had averages of 13.1 PPG, 2.7 RPG, and 10.5 APG per game, and he missed only 22 games during his NBA career.
Together with Malone, he formed the duo "Stockalone". No question: in terms of talent and consistency they were one of the best duos, the NBA has ever seen. But what's the value if you do not win a title?
Stockton and Malone were perfectionists in "Pick'n'Roll". Only the Bulls stood in the way of "Stockalone" in the 1990s when they prevailed in the 1997 and 1998 finals. Still, Stockton and Malone are unforgotten. In 18 years together they stood 1,142 times together on the court and delivered 13 seasons with more than 50 victories.
In addition, Stockton is the eternal leader of the NBA with 15,806 assists, while the Mailman ranks second in the NBA all-time scoring list with 36,928 points. A duo that belongs to the top 5 in NBA history, even without a ring. In 1996, Stockton, a two-time Olympic winner (1992, 1996) was added to the list of the 50 best players of all time.