On March 26th, 1962, John Houston Stockton was born in Spokane, Washington. Stockton would eventually graduate from Gonzaga University in his hometown of Spokane and lead the bulldogs with just under 21 points per game (ppg) and an astounding 57% field goal percentage his senior year.
Stockton would be drafted 16th overall in the 1984 NBA draft by the Utah Jazz. He would call Utah his home for his entire 19 season career. As a member of the Utah Jazz, Stockton would shatter the record books in both career assists (15,806) and career steals (3,265). Both are records he currently still holds. He would end his career with a career double double, averaging 13 ppg and 10.5 assists per game (apg).
Upon retiring in 2003, the Jazz retired Stockton’s #12 jersey (although we brought it back!), named the road outside of the team’s arena John Stockton Drive and even memorialized him as a bronze statue outside of the arena as well. If having a bronze statue wasn't enough, Stockton was also a 10 time NBA All-Star selection, a 2 time All-NBA first team selection, a 5 time All-defensive 2nd team selection and a 2 time Gold medal winner as a part of Dream Team I and Dream Team II in the 1990s. Stockton was nominated to the Basketball Hall of Fame on April 6th, 2009 and was formally inducted on September 11th.
Happy 48th John!