Today in Sports History: February 16

By Brandon Zhu

On this day in 1994, Utah Jazz point guard John Stockton dished out 12 assists in Utah’s 103-99 win over the Los Angeles Clippers. The game helped Stockton reach 9,000 career assists, and he became the third guard in NBA history (joining Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson) to reach the 9,000 career assist mark. The 16th pick in the 1984 NBA Draft, Stockton spent his entire 19 season career playing for the Jazz. Stockton is currently still number one on the NBA All-Time Assists Leaders list (15,806). During Stockton’s career, the Jazz made every NBA playoff and made it to the NBA Finals twice. In 182 NBA playoff games, Stockton averaged 13.4 points, 10.1 assists, and 3.3 rebounds. Stockton’s other accolades include 11x All-NBA Team selections, 5x NBA All-Defensive Second Team, 9x NBA assists leader, 2x NBA steals leader, and 10x NBA All-Star. Stockton was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009  and his no.12 was retired by the Utah Jazz.

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