Best Point Guards in NBA History: Number 5
John Stockton, Utah Jazz (1984 – 2003)
Whenever fans reminisce about the brilliance of John Stockton, they will inevitably think of the phrase “Stockton to Malone!” On his way to becoming the NBA’s all-time leader in assists, Stockton repeatedly found his partner in crime, Karl Malone, with pinpoint passes that made the power forward’s job of scoring baskets that much easier.
Stockton was amazing at both ends of the floor; he’s also the NBA’s all-time leader in steals. While these individual exploits are certainly praiseworthy, the former Gonzaga Bulldog will ultimately be remembered for his role as a member of the 1992 Olympic Team, affectionately referred to as the “Dream Team,” and for the Utah Jazz’s shortcomings in the 1997 and 1998 NBA Finals.
While Stockton never received that allusive NBA championship ring he so desperately sought after, it is worth noting that a member of the opposing team, wearing number 23, did some unbelievable things in each of those series, the likes of which have never been seen before or since. John Stockton was a championship caliber point guard who played during an era that was full of elite backcourt players. He was the consummate professional and no discussion about the greatest floor generals in the history of the game is complete without his inclusion.