John Stockton
John Stockton comes in ahead of a truck load of point guards already listed, no Championship needed to prove Stock’s greatness. Stockton and running mate Karl Malone are the ultimate duo in regards to statistical greatness not attaining a ring. Stockton feasted, a true two way force forgotten to often by the masses.
Stockton led the league in assists per game in nine straight seasons, he was the leagues top distributor for a decade. . . Stockton called it a career in 2003, racking up enough assists and steals to be the all time leader in both categories. If you’re going to cut someone slack for going 0-2 in the Finals, it should be a past his prime Stockton facing off against Michael Jordan and the Bulls.
“He’s the hardest person I ever had to guard. I tried to talk to him, try to do something and he’d just look at me, set a pick and cause me [to get mad and] get a tech. And then all of the sudden it was over.” – Gary Payton on John Stockton

The Resume:

16th Overall Pick 1984 – Utah Jazz

10x All-Star

11x All-NBA

5x All-NBA Defense

All-Star MVP

Hall of Fame

 

How did the guys rank him?

The Flag Bearer: Matt Drappel (20).

The Barn Burner: Justin Salkin (51).

How did the other guys rank Stockton: Will Reeve (21), Shane Young (22), Marc Griffin (22), Brian Geltzeiler (23), James Holas (25), Lang Greene (25), Adi Joseph (26), Robert Littal (26), Josh Eberley (28), Justin Rowan (29), Jacob Noble (32), and Justin Termine (32).

 

Magic Stockton

 

#24 Monday, September 14th.

 

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Contributors:

Josh Eberley – hoopscritic.com / Host of the @PullUpPodcastHC, @JoshEberley

Jacob Noble – hoopscritic.com / Host of the @PullUpPodcastHC, @JacobNoble_HC

James Holas – hoopscritic.com / BballBreakdown, @SnottieDrippen

Adi Joseph – sportingnews.com, @AdiJoseph

Matt Drappel – sportsnet.ca, @MattyD416

Justin Rowan – fearthesword.com / hoopslounge.com, @Cavsanada

Robert Littal – blacksportsonline.com, @BSO

Shane Young – hoopshabit.com, @YoungNBA

Justin Termine – Sirius XM NBA / cinesport.com host, @TermineRadio

Marc Griffin – hoopslounge.com / sportsnet.ca, @montrealmarc

Lang Greene – basketballinsiders.com, @LangGreene

Justin Salkin – hoopscritic.com / brooklynsbeat.com, @brooklynsbeat

Will Reeve – awfsports.com / Host of the All Weather Fan Podcast, contributor for hoopscritic.com @WillReeveJr

and of course,

Brian Geltzeiler – hoopscritic.com / Sirius XM NBA / the-cauldron.com / 120sports.com, @hoopscritic

 

Links to previous #HCHot50 pages:

HCHot50 Intro / Missed the Cut

#50 Pete Maravich

#49 Dave Cowens

#48 Wes Unseld

#47 Dolph Schayes

#46 Paul Pierce

#45 Kevin Durant

#44 Dominique Wilkins

#43 Chris Paul

#42 Bill Walton

#41 Gary Payton

#40 Elvin Hayes

#39 Clyde Drexler

#38 Allen Iverson

#37 Steve Nash

#36 Willis Reed
#35 George Mikan
#34 Patrick Ewing
#33 Kevin McHale
#32 Jason Kidd
#31 George Gervin
#30 Walt Frazier
#29 Dwyane Wade
#28 Rick Barry
#27 Bob Cousy
#26 Scottie Pippen

One comment

  1. If this article even dares to put lebron in top 5 conversation, I speak every objective nba guy, that your credibility will be forever lost. Period. Even 5 to 10 is a push, but knowing the media bandwagon, I would not be surprised.

    Some ranks are already appauling, but I cant wait go see where you guys continue your bias on over rated players.

    Well done on scottie pippen though. Truly not recognized.

    Bt something tells me you guys are all going to discredit the whole article with one bandwagon move.

    Cant wait, just saying.

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