Every basketball team needs a floor general. On an ideal team, the floor general is your point guard. The point guard is an extension of the coach. On offense, he calls the plays and creates the best shot opportunity for the team. Defensively, the point guard’s main job is to stop the other guard from effectively doing his job. He harasses the opposing point guard, pushing him on the floor where he desires and creates turnovers within the confines of the defensive scheme. Based on that ideology, there has never been a better point guard in the NBA than John Stockton.
On offense, John Stockton’s game was without flaw. Stockton may not have been the best shooter or passer ever, but he was great at all things, which made him virtually unstoppable. If you watched the Utah Jazz play in their prime, they controlled the tempo of the game at all times. On offense, you want to get the ball in the easiest position for you to score. John Stockton did that on a nightly basis for Utah. One could argue that Stockton made the “pick and roll” a popular staple in basketball. Despite the fact that that Jazz played in a point guard dominant offense, Stockton boasted one of the best assist to turnover ratios throughout his career. During his prime, Stockton averaged over 10.5 assists a game for 10 years straight. He also shot no less than 50% each season during that time span.
At 6-1, 175, Stockton wasn't the biggest guard, but he was relentless on defense. John was a tenacious on ball defender, controlling the tempo of the game. One could argue, that outside of Allen Iverson, John Stockton was one of the best defenders in the game in regards to playing the passing lanes. The Washington native ended his career averaging 2.1 steals per game.
When it was all said and done, John Stockton ended his career as the all-time leader in assists and steals. Stockton also holds the record for assists-per-game average over one season (14.5 in 1990) and is one of three players who have logged more than 1,000 assists in one season. Stockton hit the 1k mark seven times. SLAM ranked John at 22 all time on the players list, but I feel this is much too low. I can’t think of a point guard that was more better than John Stockton, can you?