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John Stockton

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John Stockton

Stockton is the current NBA career leader in both assists and steals, and no one is particularly close in either category.

That's simply unbelievable when you consider how his pro career started out.

Stockton was selected by the Utah Jazz in the 1984 NBA Draft, a pick that was met with a bevy of boos from Jazz fans.

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Stockton is the current NBA career leader in both assists and steals, and no one is particularly close in either category.

That's simply unbelievable when you consider how his pro career started out.

Stockton was selected by the Utah Jazz in the 1984 NBA Draft, a pick that was met with a bevy of boos from Jazz fans.

His rookie season did little to change the fans' opinions, as he averaged  5.6 points and 5.1 assists per game, and his 3-point shot was nonexistent (he shot 18.2 percent from behind the arc).

The next two seasons were more of the same, with Stockton never averaging more than 7.9 points per game.

In his fourth NBA season, however, Stockton became the Jazz's starting point guard and he never looked back.

His pairing with Karl Malone fueled 16 seasons of success, as their pick and roll game was nearly unstoppable.

Stockton ended his career as a 10-time All-Star and a two-time All-NBA First Team selection.

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