Facts and figures

"The best pure
point guard
who ever
the game"

Jack Stockton
John's father

He saw the future: It was Jazz coach Frank Layden who confided in Jack Stockton not long after the Jazz drafted his son that he believed John would, in time, supplant Rickey Green as the Utah point guard.

The natural skeptic in Jack Stockton thought, ‘‘Yeah, right.”

‘‘But he was one of those kids who always kept getting better,” his dad said. ‘‘I don't think he was the best grade school player, or high school player, or even in college in his time around here, but he kept getting better. I kept waiting for him to level out. I thought it was great he got a full ride to college and then I thought he might be able play in Europe somewhere.

‘‘One of the first (NBA) games John ever played was against Portland, and we went out with Hot

Rod (Hundley, the Jazz radio broadcaster) afterward, and he said, `He's going to be in this league for 10 years.' I thought that was the greatest news in my life. But I never thought for a minute it would last this long.”


Utah Jazz guard John Stockton, right, looks to pass against pressure from Dallas Mavericks guard Steve Nash during an April game in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Steve C. Wilson)

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