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Like father, like son: Ex-Gonzaga guard David Stockton signs 10-day contract with Utah Jazz

UPDATED: Fri., March 16, 2018, 8:27 p.m.

Former Gonzaga guard David Stockton drives to the basket around Golden State Warriors forward Georges Niang during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game Oct. 13, 2017, in Oakland, California. (Eric Risberg / AP)
Former Gonzaga guard David Stockton drives to the basket around Golden State Warriors forward Georges Niang during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game Oct. 13, 2017, in Oakland, California. (Eric Risberg / AP)

Ten-day contracts in the NBA generally don’t create much of a stir, but they do when they involve the Stockton name and the Utah Jazz organization.

Former Gonzaga Bulldog guard David Stockton was expected to sign Friday with the Jazz, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Stockton’s father John put together a Hall of Fame career in 19 seasons with the Jazz, finishing as the NBA’s all-time leader in assists (15,806) and steals (3,265).

The younger Stockton had a brief stint in the NBA when he played in three games with the Sacramento Kings in 2015. He had nine assists and eight points in 33 minutes.

Stockton, 26, is in his fourth year with the G League Reno Bighorns and was an All-Star selection this season. He’s averaging 16.3 points and 5.2 assists this season.

Stockton played in 138 games, starting 36, at Gonzaga, from 2011-14. He averaged 7.4 points, 4.2 assists and 1.5 steals as a senior.

Utah might be without starting point guard Ricky Rubio (left knee) for Saturday’s game against Sacramento. Dante Exum would probably take over as the starter if Rubio can’t play. Reserve guard Raul Neto is sidelined with a fractured wrist.

John Stockton is considered one of the greatest point guards in NBA history. The Jazz retired his No. 12 jersey in 2004 and there’s a statue of Stockton in front of Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City.


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