John Stockton (1990-91)
The all-time assist and steal King will likely live on in record books for quite sometime. Stockton paces NBA history with a 15,806 dimes and 3,265 swipes. He had his best overall year in 1991. The longtime Jazz guard finished the year with 1,164 assists — 30 clear of his second-best effort. In fact, Stockton is responsible for the top-four assist seasons ever.
Some hoop fans may think today’s high-scoring game could produce a near 1,200-assist contributor. But, since 2000 the closest any player has gotten to Stockton’s mark was Chris Paul in 2008 — and he didn’t even finish within 200 of the record (925). Additionally, Stockton’s longevity helped play a role in his accolades. Stockton played all 82 games in ’91, and missed just four contests total (all in 1990) through his first 12 years in the league.
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