John Stockton Tribute
“There absolutely, positively, will never ever be another John Stockton – ever” – Karl Malone,
The only thing more SMH worthy than John Stockton’s shorts is the fact that he played all 82 games in 17 of his 19 seasons. The only thing more SMH worthy than that stat and his assist and steals records (which will never, ever, ever, be broken) is the gap between him and other NBA legends.
He has 3,800 more assists than Jason Kidd, who is 2nd all-time in assists and 5,499 more than Steve Nash, who is the active leader. In the steals department, Stockton has 581 more steals than Kidd at #2 and 1,430 more steals than active leader Kobe Bryant.
I would have loved to have played fantasy basketball in the 80s (if fantasy basketball existed in the 80s) and had him on my team. He averaged a double-double for 10 seasons and averaged 14 & 14+ for half of those seasons. His 1989 season featured some of the best fantasy stats I’ve ever seen, with some very impressive streaks.
- 20/20 in 3 out of 4 games. He had 15 points and 19 assists in the non 20+ assist game.
- He would have 2 more back-to-back 20 assists games, including an 18-point, 27 assist performance that season
The only thing more SMH worthy than those stats, is the fact that the greatest pure point guard ever doesn’t have a NBA Championship ring.
“I haven’t changed a thing. I haven’t even changed the length of my shorts,” Stockton at his retirement ceremony