2. John Stockton
Accomplishments: 10x All-Star, 11x All-NBA, 5x All-Defense, 9x Assist Leader, 2x Steals Leader, Member of Hall of Fame
Stats: 13.1 PPG, 2.1 RPG, 10.5 APG, 2.2 SPG
Finals appearances: 2 (1997, 1998)
Former Houston guard Eddie Johnson once said John Stockton, "Comes off as this choirboy and tries to live up to it. Meanwhile, he's trying to take your head off." He pretty much hit the nail on the head; Stockton had a famously unassuming personality, but opponents knew he came to bang every time he stepped foot on court.
The point guard's point guard led the Jazz to 20 straight playoff appearances. Yeah, "Stockton-to-Malone" was a big deal back in the day, but scrappiness on defense was pretty recognized as well; he's been known to make a grab or two to hamper his opponents. But his vilification by competitors only added to his legend years later as he's still the all-time career leader in steals and assists.
Then there's that will to win. John Houston Stockton ruined the Rockets when he drained that famous three-pointer in the 1997 Western Conference Finals to clinch the series. There was also that remarkable performance in Game 4 of that year's Finals. Of course, he'd lose the NBA Finals two straight times to Michael Jordan and the Bulls.