David Stockton logged his first minutes with the Utah Jazz on Sunday and there should be more opportunities for the former Gonzaga Bulldog in the near future.
Stockton, son of Jazz legend and Hall of Famer John Stockton, has signed another 10-day contract with Utah. The news comes on John Stockton’s 56th birthday. It was first reported by Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports.
David Stockton hit a pair of free throws in a 3-minute stint late in Utah’s 110-91 win over defending champion Golden State in Oakland. It was Stockton’s first NBA playing time since a three-game run with the Sacramento Kings in the 2014-15 season.
“It was good to finally get the chance to go out there,” Stockton told the Deseret News. “Obviously this team is in a huge playoff race right now, so I didn’t expect (anything). I was just here for an insurance policy in case (Ricky) Rubio was banged up. (It) was good to get out there and play on an NBA court again.”
“It’s been great. A good group of guys, great coaching staff, great everything. I’ve had a great experience and hope to continue it.”
Rubio starts at point guard. Rookie standout guard Donovan Mitchell is capable of filling in at point and Dante Exum comes off the bench. Reserve guard Raul Neto has been sidelined with a fractured wrist.
“David’s worked well and practiced well,” Utah coach Quin Snyder said. “He’s been really connected with our group. It’s good to see.”
Stockton has played four years with Reno in the G League and was an all-star selection this season. He also played for the U.S. team in FIBA World Cup qualifying last month.
John Stockton, the NBA’s all-time leader in steals and assists, retired after the 2003 season.
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