John Stockton is one of the most revered point guards in NBA history. He made 11 all-nba teams and is the NBAâ€™s leader in career assists and steals. In a 2006 ESPN vote of 13 analysts, he was ranked the fourth-greatest point guard in basketball history. And yet, Stockton is hardly ever criticized for failing to win a title or for coming up short in big moments, while his teammate, Karl Malone, often is.
Is that narrative accurate?
First, itâ€™s instructional to track the success of the Jazz as a team throughout Stocktonâ€™s tenure. Point guards without gaudy scoring stats have a history of quarterbacking the greatest offenses in NBA history, offenses that usually fall apart without their decision-making and constant pressure. Below are the Jazz Offensive Rating (points per 100 possessions) and Defensive Rating relative to league average in the Stock-Malone era (bolded numbers indicate league leader)...
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