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John Stockton

Longevity And Durability

Although he missed the first 18 games of the 1997-98 campaign due to preseason knee surgery, Stockton is renowned for his near-perfect attendance. He played in 609 consecutive games from 1990 through 1997, the 8th longest streak in NBA history. He missed only four games in his first 13 profession seasons, and played in every game in 15 of his 17 seasons. In November 2000, he broke John Havlicek's record of 1,270 games played with a single team.

Overall for his career, by the 2001-02 season, Stockton ranked third all-time in games played at 1,340, just behind Robert Parish's 1,611 and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's 1,560. He holds the NBA record for 15,177 assists and 3,128 steals. His career assists average is a record 11.1 apg. In all 17 of his seasons, he participated in the NBA Playoffs.

Career Statistics

Yr Team GP PTS FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG TO PF
UT: Utah Jazz.
1984 UT 82 458 .471 .182 .736 105 415 109 11 1.8 2.5
1985 UT 82 630 .489 .133 .839 179 610 157 10 2.0 2.8
1986 UT 82 648 .499 .184 .782 151 670 177 14 2.0 2.7
1987 UT 82 1204 .574 .358 .840 237 1128 242 16 3.2 3.0
1988 UT 82 1400 .538 .242 .863 248 1118 263 14 3.8 2.9
1989 UT 78 1345 .514 .416 .819 206 1134 207 18 3.5 3.0
1990 UT 82 1413 .507 .345 .836 237 1164 234 16 3.6 2.8
1991 UT 82 1297 .482 .407 .842 270 1126 244 22 3.5 2.9
1992 UT 82 1239 .486 .385 .798 237 987 199 21 3.2 2.7
1993 UT 82 1236 .528 .322 .805 258 1031 199 22 3.2 2.9
1994 UT 82 1206 .542 .449 .804 251 1011 194 22 3.3 2.6
1995 UT 82 1209 .538 .422 .830 226 916 140 15 3.0 2.5
1996 UT 82 1183 .548 .422 .846 228 860 166 15 3.0 2.4
1997 UT 64 770 .528 .429 .827 166 543 89 10 2.5 2.2
1998 UT 50 553 .488 .320 .811 146 374 81 13 2.2 2.1
1999 UT 82 990 .501 .355 .860 215 703 143 15 2.2 2.3
2000 UT 82 944 .504 .462 .817 227 713 132 21 2.5 2.4
2001 UT 82 1102 .517 .321 .857 263 674 152 24 2.5 2.5
2002 UT 30 327 .466 .400 .785 69 219 50 2 2.3 2.3
TOTAL 1452 19154 .516 .385 .825 3919 15396 3178 301 2.8 2.6

Chronology

1962 Born March 26 in Spokane, Washington
1984 Is named to Utah Jazz
1992 US Olympic basketball Dream Team in Barcelona
1992 Competes in the Long-Distance Shootout during All-Star Weekend
1995-96 Signs a three-year deal with the Jazz for $15 million
1996 US Olympic basketball Dream Team in Atlanta
1997 Competes in the Long-Distance Shootout during All-Star Weekend
1999 Is named to All-NBA team
1999 Is re-signed by Utah for $22 million for two years
2001-02 Is re-signed by Utah for $18 million for two years

Awards and Accomplishments

1988 Named NBA Player of the Month in February
1988-89 Led the NBA in steals (3.21 spg)
1989-90 Highest single-season assists-per-game, average 14.5
1990-91 Record for most assists in a single season, 1,164
1992 Won Olympic gold in Barcelona
1993 Named co-MVP with teammate Karl Malone
1994 Selected to the All-NBA team First Team
1995 Selected to the All-NBA team First Team
1995 Set the NBA record for career assists
1996 Set the NBA record for career steals
1996 Record for most seasons leading league in assists
1996 Selected as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History
1996 Won Olympic gold in Atlanta
1997 Played nine consecutive All-Star games, since 1988
2000 Broke John Havlicek's record of 1,270 games played with one team
2001-02 NBA career leader with 15,177 assists and 3,128 career steals

Continuing his streak with the Utah Jazz, in September 1999 he signed a two-year contract for $22 million. With no hint of retirement in the air, the nearly 40-year-old Stockton signed another two-year, $18 million contract during the 2000-01 season. He is one of only a handful of men who are still playing basketball into their forties. Stockton and his wife, Nada, have six children and own homes in Salt Lake City and Spokane, Washington.

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