5. John Stockton
As part of a historic 1-2 punch alongside forward Karl Malone, Hall of Fame point guard John Stockton made the phrase “Stockton to Malone” the most ubiquitous phrase in Utah basketball. What the undersized guard lacked in stature (he was only 6’1 and 175lbs), he made up in guile, savvy, and smarts. At the end of his 20-year NBA career, all with the Utah Jazz, Stockton retired as the NBA’s all time leader in assists and steals. But as was the case with Malone, Stockton saw his two chances for an NBA championship “stolen” away by Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.