John Stockton

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One of the greatest players to ever play the game of basketball would have to be John Stockton. An amazing passer and also great at pick pocketing the ball from opposing teams makes him without a doubt one of the best. He was born on 3/26/1962 in Spokane, Washington, where he attended grade school at St. Aloysius and started going to Gonzaga Prep for high school. His high school career was a very flourished one. He broke the city record for scoring and graduated in 1980. After graduating Stockton was considering offers from Idaho whose coach was Don Monson at the time. He also received an offer from Mike Montgomery, who was the coach of Montana. Both teams were in the Big Sky Conference. In the end he decided to stay close to home and attend…show more content…
The draft consisted of players like Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, and Charles Barkley. Stockton wasn’t very well known during his college career, but his stock rose rapidly a couple months before the draft. Fans of course were shocked because they didn’t believe he would show any promise. The following year the Utah Jazz drafted Karl Malone. A lot of players play their position and try to bring their own uniqueness to it, but not Stockton. He played the position the way everyone thought it was supposed to be played. Being that he wasn’t an explosive player or amazing scorer, but when it came to making a pin point pass he did it just as good as Magic. Matter of fact, he broke his record of 9,221 career assist in a game against the Denver Nuggets on February 1, 1995 which was a huge milestone in his career. His first two seasons in the league he played behind Rickey Green. Stockton started to worry and believe that he was going to be a one season player. But at the end of his 1st season he set new records for steals and assist. Also received votes toward the NBA All-Rookie Team. Fans started to see the potential and worth of his play. He played all 82 games and averaged 6 points, and played 18 minutes almost every game. His team finished 4th tied in the Midwest division. In the playoffs they pulled off an upset against the Houston Rockets and moved on to the
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