22 Stars the Dallas Mavericks missed drafting by a single pick

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20. John Stockton

In the 1984 NBA Draft, the Dallas Mavericks had two first-round selections. They used the No. 4 overall pick on Sam Perkins from the University of North Carolina who had a great start to his career with the Mavs, and they used their second selection (the No. 15 overall pick) on Terence Stansbury.

Stansbury was drafted out of Temple, but the Mavs ended up trading him before the start of the season in a trade with the Indiana Pacers.

Stansbury never even got to put on a Mavericks jersey for a game, but they were one pick away from landing one of the greatest point guards of all time.

John Stockton was drafted with the No. 16 overall pick by the Utah Jazz, the pick after Dallas drafted Stansbury, and this is a selection that would have changed everything.

Over his 19-career NBA career, Stockton played 1504 games and averaged 13.1 points, 10.5 assists, and 2.2 steals per game while shooting 51.5 percent from the field and 38.4 percent from downtown. Stockton was elite on both ends of the floor, and having him in Dallas could have made them one of the best teams in the NBA for a long time considering how loyal Stockton was to the Jazz.

Stockton has the most steals and assists in NBA history, and he will always be remembered as one of the greatest point guards in NBA history, regardless of whether he won a championship or not.