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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Did you know that John Stockton missed only 22 games out of over 1,400 games during his career, 18 of them in one season?

Did you know that John Stockton played college basketball for Gonzaga University in his hometown where he averaged 20.9 points per game while shooting 57% from the field in his senior year?

Did you know that John Stockton was selected by the Utah Jazz with the 16th overall pick in the 1984 NBA Draft?

Did you know that John Stockton averaged a career double-double, with 13.1 points and 10.5 assists per game?

Did you know that Stockton holds the NBA's record for most career assists (15,806) by a margin of more than 4,000, as well as the record for most career steals (3,265)?

Did you know that Stockton had five of the top six assists seasons in NBA history (the other belonging to Isiah Thomas)?

Did you know Stockton holds the NBA record for the most seasons, games, and consecutive games played with one team, and is third in total games played, behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Robert Parish?

Did you know that John Stockton missed only 22 games out of over 1,400 games during his career, 18 of them in one season?

Did you know that Stockton played in 38 games where he tallied 20 or more assists?

Did you know that Stockton appeared in 10 All-Star games, and was named co-MVP of the game in 1993 with Jazz teammate Karl Malone, which was held in Salt Lake City, Utah?

He played with the 1992 and 1996 US Olympic basketball teams, known as Dream Team I and III, the first Olympic squads to feature NBA players, keeping the game ball from both Gold Medal games.

 He was selected to the All-NBA First Team twice, the All-NBA Second Team six times, the All-NBA Third Team three times, and the NBA All-Defensive Second Team five times.

He was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA history in 1996. Stockton's career highlight came in Game 6 of the 1997 Western Conference Finals. Stockton scored the last 9 points for the Jazz, including a buzzer-beating 3-point shot over the Houston Rockets' Charles Barkley, to send the Jazz to the first of its two consecutive NBA Finals appearances.

Did you know that Stockton and Malone played a record 1,412 regular-season games together as teammates?

Did you know that a Majority of Stockton's assists resulted from passes to Malone?

His number-12 jersey was retired by the Jazz during a game on November 22, 2004. A statue of Stockton can be seen in front of the Energy Solutions Arena; an accompanying statue of Karl Malone was placed nearby on March 23, 2006.

Did you know that Malone and Stockton statues stand on a bronze plaque commemorating their achievements together?

Did you know that Stockton was a member of the 2009 class of inductees to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame along with Patrick Ewing, Charles Barkley, Dominique Wilkins, Elgin Baylor, Reggie Miller, Pete Maravich, and his teammate Karl Malone?

Did you know that John Stockton is considered to be one of the best players never to have won an NBA championship?

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