David Stockton, the point guard for the Reno Bighorns, has signed a 10-day contract with the Utah Jazz. The son of NBA Hall of Famer John Stockton and Spokane, Washington native averaged 16.3 points and 5.3 assists per game with the Bighorns this season so far in 15 starts.
Stockton has spent the past four seasons (on and off) with the Reno Bighorns, averaging 18 points, 7.1 assists and 3.6 rebounds in 142 games. He also previously signed a 10-day contract with the Sacramento Kings in February 2015, which led to a deal that kept him with the Kings to finish out that season.
Stockton played all four years at Gonzaga University, and ended up being selected to the 2014 WCC All-Tournament team as a senior after helping Gonzaga win the WCC Tournament. Despite being undrafted in the 2014 NBA Draft, he would join the Phoenix Suns for the 2014 Summer League. After the conclusion of Summer League, he would sign with the Washington Wizards. Stockton would be waived by the Wizards and enter into the 2014 NBA Development League Draft, where the Maine Red Claws would draft him. He was then traded to the Reno Bighorns on the same night.
Stockton also possesses international basketball experience from playing with the Croatian club Cedevita Zagreb from July 2016 to November 2016. He would then leave that club to sign with the New Zealand Breakers for the remainder of the 2016-2017 season.
After returning from New Zealand, Stockton would have a second stint with the Phoenix Suns in the 2017 Summer League and again sign with the Sacramento Kings on October 2017. He was waived by the Kings and rejoined the Reno Bighorns soon after.
The spotlight may be on David Stockton when he makes his debut with the Utah Jazz, considering his father played for them for 19 years. At 5’11” and 165 pounds, he could possibly be at a disadvantage being slightly undersized for an NBA point guard. However, he has shown resiliency and determination throughout his career, so he should perform to the best of his ability when the time comes.
By Joshua Hamer