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John Stockton
John Stockton
Position: None
Born: 03/26/62
Height: 6-1 / 1.85
Weight:175 lbs. / 79.4 kg.
At least one person thought that could happen. It was Jeff Van Gundy, a graduate assistant during Donovan’s senior year at Providence. Van Gundy started chirping, gassing Donovan up about his chances as he helped prepare him for training camp. “Jeff’s like, ‘Listen, man. I’m telling you. You’ve got a chance to make this team,’” Donovan remembered. “He said, ‘They’ve got a guy there that’s in, like, his third year named Stockton that I’m not so sure about. He hasn’t played very much.’
Chandler and Gasol have enjoyed great careers, Brown and Curry not so much. It’s a reminder that betting the franchise’s future on big men is always risky, with the most infamous example coming in 1984 when Hakeem Olajuwon went No. 1, Sam Bowie went No. 2 and the player widely considered to be the best ever in the game was still on the board. A lesser-known blunder from that draft was that 15 teams passed on John Stockton. “You go back to the Olajuwon-Bowie-Jordan draft,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said. “In years past and maybe even today it makes sense to build around a big, but you don’t want to take a big because it’s a big and pass on the No. 3 pick — which turned out to be Michael Jordan.” Hence, maybe taking a guard the wiser move “It can be argued in today’s game that maybe you should do that,” Kupchak said.
Adams has a particular vision for Curry’s defense: He wants Stephen Curry to be the next John Stockton. Adams said “Stockton knew what the other team was going to do, knew how to gum up an offense. I’ve talked to Steph about this before. He has these natural abilities on the ball and away from the ball and in guarding catch-shoot players coming off pins. He’s good at all of that stuff. Now if you can add that aspect of just understanding what every team is trying to do, and the times he does that, he breaks plays up inside of himself.”
Stockton, the NBA Hall of Famer, inarguably king of the pick-and-roll and famous wearer of very short basketball shorts, was at the DICK’S High School Nationals as an assistant coach for the girls basketball team from Gonzaga Prep, and he was answering questions about coaching girls after sending his entire career around the men’s game. He called his time on the bench with the Gonzaga Prep girls “one of the greatest experiences of my life,” (which is saying something), and said that it was the Bullpups’ aggressive drive to learn that made the team special. “I don’t know if coaching girls is always like this, but this group has been amazing,” Stockton said. “They’ve been completely open to coaching and they all really want to learn. And they aren’t afraid to put the hard work in to get better.”