John Stockton’s 91-92 season was an aiding miracle


John Stockton and his 15,806 profession assists (almost 4,000 greater than runner-up Jason Kidd) is probably the most achieved passer of all time. He’s performed issues like this:

And this:

I might make 1,000,000 assist-related charts encapsulating all or massive chunks of Stockton’s profession. However I’d relatively not. I’d relatively zoom in on his 1991-92 season. Why that season? Afterall, it wasn’t ‘even’ one of many three most prolific passing seasons of his profession. Properly, for starters, try the help development all through that season of the NBA’s high passers:

There are two inflection factors that bounce out to me. One is at sport 60 — we couldn’t have identified it on the time, however after the Jazzman’s 16-assist outing in his sixtieth sport, he might’ve taken the ultimate 22 video games off and nonetheless have led the league in assists.

The opposite is up at sport 80. At that time Stockton was sitting at 1,082 assists on the season when nobody else wound up ending inside 200 of that. Then in sport 81, he had 23 assists. Then in sport 82, he had 21 assists. Kevin Porter in March of 1975 is the one different NBA participant who’s ever pulled off back-to-back video games with greater than 20 assists.

As for the 44 complete assists within the two video games, not solely has nobody else had that many throughout back-to-back video games within the 37 years since Stockton entered the league, however solely 2010-11 Rajon Rondo (41) early within the season and 1990-91 Scott Skiles (43 after recording 13 assists within the sport following his single-game document 30) have exceeded 40.

And naturally that was simply the icing. These 44 assists in two video games got here to shut out a season through which he was already towering over everybody to the purpose he solely wanted to play the primary 60 video games to be the help king.

That yr Stockton additionally set what I consider to really be some of the unbreakable non-grand-slams-in-an-inning data: 77 video games in a season with not less than 10 assists. Essentially the most anybody else has ever had is 67, however within the final 30 years, nobody’s even had greater than 60:

I can’t think about we’ll ever once more see somebody play a full season with not more than 5 single-digit help video games. Oh by the way in which, Stockton had both eight or 9 assists in 4 of the 5 video games he didn’t have 10:

And keep in mind, this wasn’t even one of many biggest help seasons of his profession. Sheesh.

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