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The Utah
Utah
Jazz are an American professional basketball team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Jazz compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member club of the league's Western Conference Northwest Division. Since 1991, the team has played its home games at Vivint Smart Home Arena. The franchise began play in 1974 as the New Orleans Jazz, an expansion team based in New Orleans; the Jazz moved to Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City
in 1979. The Jazz were one of the least successful teams in the league in their early years. Although 10 seasons elapsed before the Jazz qualified for their first playoff appearance in 1984, they did not miss the playoffs again until 2004. During the late 1980s, John Stockton
John Stockton
and Karl Malone arose as the franchise players for the team, and formed one of the most famed point guard–power forward duos in NBA history. Led by coach Jerry Sloan, who took over from Frank Layden in 1988, they became one of the powerhouse teams of the 1990s, culminating in two NBA Finals
NBA Finals
appearances in 1997 and 1998, where they lost both times to the Chicago Bulls, led by Michael Jordan. Both Stockton and Malone moved on in 2003. After missing the playoffs for three consecutive seasons the Jazz returned to prominence under the on-court leadership of point guard Deron Williams. However, partway through the 2010–11 NBA season, the Jazz began restructuring after Sloan's retirement and Williams' trade to the New Jersey Nets. Quin Snyder
Quin Snyder
was hired as head coach in June 2014. Valued in 2015 at $850 million by Forbes, the Jazz rank as the 20th most valuable franchise in the NBA ahead of the Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
and Atlanta Hawks.[10]

Contents

1 Franchise history

1.1 1974–1979: Early years in New Orleans 1.2 Moving to Utah 1.3 1979–1984: Frank Layden era 1.4 1984–2003: Stockton and Malone era

1.4.1 1988–1990: Arrival of Jerry Sloan 1.4.2 1990–1996: Working toward championship contention 1.4.3 1996–1998: Reaching the NBA Finals 1.4.4 1998–2003: Final years of Stockton and Malone

1.5 2003–2005: Rebuilding 1.6 2005–2010: Williams and Boozer era 1.7 2010 off-season 1.8 2010–2013: Millsap and Jefferson era 1.9 2013–present

2 Rivalries 3 Season records 4 Arenas 5 Mascot 6 Logos and uniforms 7 Players

7.1 Current roster 7.2 Retained draft rights 7.3 Retired numbers 7.4 Basketball
Basketball
Hall of Famers 7.5 Franchise leaders 7.6 Individual awards 7.7 NBA All-Star Weekend

8 Broadcasters 9 Head coaches 10 References 11 External links

Franchise history[edit] 1974–1979: Early years in New Orleans[edit]

Pete Maravich
Pete Maravich
played for the Jazz from 1974 to 1980.

On June 7, 1974, the New Orleans
New Orleans
Jazz were admitted as an expansion franchise into the National Basketball Association
National Basketball Association
(NBA). Team officials selected the name because of its definition in the dictionary: collective improvisation.[5] The team began its inaugural season in New Orleans
New Orleans
in the 1974–75 season. The team's first major move was to trade for star player Pete Maravich
Pete Maravich
(who had played collegiately at LSU) from the Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta Hawks
for two first-round draft picks, three second-round picks, and one third-round pick over the next three years.[11] Although he was considered one of the most entertaining players in the league and won the scoring championship in 1977 with 31.1 points per game, the Jazz' best record while in New Orleans was 39–43 in the 1977–78 season. Maravich struggled with knee injuries from that season onward. Venue issues were a continual problem for the team while it was based in New Orleans. In the Jazz's first season, they played in the Municipal Auditorium and Loyola Field House, where the basketball court was raised so high that the NBA Players Association made the team put a net around the court so that players would not fall off of the court and into the stands.[12] Later, they played games in the cavernous Louisiana Superdome, but things were no better, due to high demand for the stadium, onerous lease terms, and Maravich's constant knee problems. They also faced the prospect of spending a whole month on the road each year due to Mardi Gras
Mardi Gras
festivities, similar to the long road trip faced by the San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
each season during that city's rodeo.[11][13] Years later, founding owner Sam Battistone claimed that there was no contingency plan in case the Jazz ever qualified for the playoffs. However, the Superdome's manager at the time, Bill Curl, said that the stadium's management always submitted a list of potential playoff dates to the Jazz management, but these letters were never answered. After what turned out to be their final season in New Orleans, they were dealt a further humiliation when the Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
selected Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson
with the first overall pick in the 1979 NBA draft. The pick would have been the Jazz's had they not traded it to acquire Gail Goodrich two years earlier. Also, the Jazz had given up the rights to Moses Malone
Moses Malone
in order to regain one of the three first-round picks used for the Goodrich trade; the combination of Johnson and Malone blossoming into Hall of Famers and Goodrich's ineffective, injury-ruined few years in New Orleans
New Orleans
made this transaction one of the most lopsided in NBA history. Moving to Utah[edit] Despite being barely competitive, the Jazz drew well during their first five years. However, by 1979 the franchise was sinking financially. Barry Mendelson, the team's executive vice president for most of the early years, said one factor in the financial trouble was an 11 percent amusement tax, highest in the U.S. at the time. The team also could not attract much local corporate support—an important factor even in those days—or local investors. Battistone concluded that the franchise could not be viable in New Orleans and decided to move elsewhere. After scouting several new homes, he decided to move the team to Salt Lake City, even though it was a smaller market. Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City
had previously been home to the Utah Stars
Utah Stars
of the American Basketball Association
American Basketball Association
(ABA) from 1970 to 1976.[14] The Stars had been extremely popular in the city and had even won an ABA title in their first season after moving from Los Angeles. However, their finances collapsed in their last two seasons, and they were shut down by the league 16 games into the 1975–76 season after missing payroll. Although Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City
was not known for its jazz culture, the team decided to keep the name as there was not enough time before the start of the 1979–80 season to change the name upon the move receiving approval,[15] as well as the team's original colors of green, purple, and gold (the colors of Mardi Gras). 1979–1984: Frank Layden era[edit] The Jazz's attendance declined slightly after the team's move from New Orleans to Utah, due to a late approval for the move (June 1979) and poor marketing in the Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City
area.[16] The team's management made the first of several moves in 1979, bringing high-scoring forward Adrian Dantley to Utah
Utah
in exchange for Spencer Haywood. Dantley averaged 28.0 points per game during the 1979–80 season, allowing the team to waive Pete Maravich
Pete Maravich
early in the year. The team struggled to a 24–58 mark, but was rewarded with the second overall pick in the 1980 NBA draft, which they used to pick Darrell Griffith
Darrell Griffith
of Louisville, another piece of the rebuilding puzzle. During the 1980–81 NBA season, they struggled financially as well as on the court. Despite having perennial All-Star Dantley, a 20-point per game scorer in Griffith; as well as emerging point guard Rickey Green, the Jazz were still unable to get above .500, finishing 25-57. Tom Nissalke departed as coach after they started the 1981–82 season 8–12, and General Manager Frank Layden replaced him. Layden's coaching wasn not an improvement initially, as the Jazz went 17–45 the rest of that season to finish 25–57. The 1982 NBA draft
1982 NBA draft
saw the Jazz pick Dominique Wilkins. The Jazz would have preferred to take either James Worthy
James Worthy
or Terry Cummings, but those players went 1-2 to the Lakers and Clippers, respectively; Utah had been confident that the Lakers would take Wilkins and that would have given them a shot at either of the other top forwards (they favored Cummings over Worthy because Cummings had shown he could play both small and power forward), and Utah
Utah
was not aware that the Lakers had researched both Worthy and Wilkins and decided on Worthy out of concern about Wilkins' perceived selfishness. Battistone's continued financial problems, combined with Wilkins making it clear he did not want to play in Utah, resulted in the Jazz sending Wilkins to Atlanta in return for John Drew and Freeman Williams. This trade, even considering the circumstances, turned out to be one of the worst trades in NBA history. Wilkins would go on to a Hall of Fame career, while Drew and Williams would only play a combined four seasons with the Jazz. For the 1982–83 season, Dantley missed 60 of 82 games due to injury, which deprived the team of its lead scorer for much of the season. Newcomer John Drew also missed time, playing in only 44 games. The Jazz ended up being led by Darrell Griffith
Darrell Griffith
(22.2 points per game), Rickey Green
Rickey Green
(14.3 points per game), and Danny Schayes (12.4 points per game). A rookie 7'4" center–Mark Eaton–manned the post. The team finished 30–52, still out of the playoffs, but an improvement over recent years. During the 1983 NBA draft, the Jazz used their first-round pick, (which was the seventh overall), to choose Thurl Bailey, and later took Bob Hansen in the third round, 54th overall. 1983–84 opened as a season of uncertainty. The team was losing money, and management was crafting stunts, such as playing games at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, to help the team become more profitable.[17] The team was rumored to be moving due to Battistone's cash shorts, which were exacerbated by the fact they were playing in the league's smallest market. However, fortunes on the court improved, with a healthy Adrian Dantley, Jeff Wilkins, and rookie Thurl Bailey
Thurl Bailey
at the forward positions, Mark Eaton & Rich Kelley jointly manning the post, and Rickey Green
Rickey Green
with Darrell Griffith at the guards, and John Drew providing 17 points per night off the bench. They went 45–37 and won the Midwest Division, the first winning season and division championship in team history. They advanced to the NBA Playoffs, defeating the Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets
3–2 in the first round, and moved on to play the Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
in the second round. Despite having home court advantage in the best of seven series, the Jazz lost to the more experienced Suns, 4–2. 1984–2003: Stockton and Malone era[edit] Jazz fans were not happy when the team picked an unknown guard in the first round of the 1984 NBA draft, John Stockton. The Jazz fans on hand for the draft party booed the selection.[18] The 1984–85 season saw the emergence of Mark Eaton as a defensive force. Eaton averaged 5.56 blocks per game along with 9.7 points and 11.3 rebounds, and won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award. On the downside, John Drew played only 19 games on the season, which deprived the team of their high-scoring sixth man. But, the Jazz returned to the playoffs, facing the Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
and their All-Star centers, Hakeem Olajuwon
Hakeem Olajuwon
and Ralph Sampson. The Jazz prevailed in the series, 3–2, and advanced to the second round to face the high-scoring Denver Nuggets. Utah
Utah
fell to Denver, 4–1 in the second-round. The team's perennial financial woes and instability were somewhat stabilized during April 1985, when auto dealer Larry H. Miller
Larry H. Miller
bought 50 percent of the team from Battistone for $8 million. Battistone had been seeking to move the team.[19] In the 1985 NBA draft
1985 NBA draft
the team added Karl Malone. Malone made an immediate impact in the 1985–86 season, averaging 14.9 points and 8.9 rebounds per game, which supplemented for Dantley. However, starter Darrell Griffith
Darrell Griffith
missed the season with a stress fracture, and they hovered around .500 most of the year. In the 1985–86 postseason, the Jazz lost in the first round series to the Dallas Mavericks, 3–1. During the off-season in 1986, Battistone was approached to sell the team to Marv Wolfenson and Harvey Ratner, who would have moved the team to Minneapolis. Larry Miller did not want to sell the team, but due to contractual language in his agreement with Battistone, could have been bought out by the new owners if he refused to sell. Offers went as high as $28 million for the team as a whole during this process (the Jazz were valued at $16 million less than a year earlier when Miller purchased half for $8 million). Miller stepped in at the last minute and purchased the remaining 50 percent of the team for $14 million, buying out the original contract with Battistone, and kept the team in Utah.[20] Wolfenson and Ratner later became the founders of the Minnesota Timberwolves
Minnesota Timberwolves
expansion franchise which, coincidentally, was almost sold and moved to New Orleans
New Orleans
in 1994. The 1986–87 season was one of change. Adrian Dantley, the team's star player who had carried them through the early years in Utah, was traded to Detroit for Kelly Tripucka, who ended up splitting time with Thurl Bailey. Darrell Griffith, back from injuries that caused him to miss the 1985–86 season, lost his starter spot at guard to Bob Hansen. Stockton warranted more time at the point guard position. Despite all these changes, the team finished 44–38, and lost to the Golden State Warriors
Golden State Warriors
in the first round of the playoffs.[21][22] For the 1987–88 season, Stockton took over for Rickey Green
Rickey Green
as the starting point guard, and Malone established himself as one of the better power forwards in the league. The team finished 47–35 and defeated Portland, 3–1, in the first round, earning a second round matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers, who were the defending NBA champions at the time. After Los Angeles took Game 1 at home, the Jazz won Game 2 in Los Angeles, 101–97, and took the lead in the series 2–1 with a Game 3 win in Salt Lake City. The Jazz lost Games 4 and 5, but won Game 6, 108–80, tying the series 3–3. In the decisive Game 7, the Lakers won 109–98. The Jazz had shown they were no longer pushovers of their early days. 1988–1990: Arrival of Jerry Sloan[edit] During the 1988–89 season, Frank Layden stepped down as head coach of the Jazz after the first 17 games, and was replaced by Jerry Sloan. The Jazz won 51 games and the Midwest Division championship as they grew better overall. Malone and Stockton, as well as Mark Eaton, were the leaders of the team and also All-Star selections. Eaton won Defensive Player of the Year for the second time, and it appeared the Jazz were ready to take the next step toward contending for an NBA title, after having pushed the Lakers to seven games in the Western Conference semifinals the previous season. However, the second-seeded Jazz were eliminated in the first round in three games by the seventh-seeded Golden State Warriors. The following year, 1989–90, the Jazz made some changes. Thurl Bailey, who was relied on for 19 points per game the previous season, saw his playing time reduced in favor of rookie Blue Edwards, who played a prominent role with the team. The results were the best win–loss mark in team history, as the Jazz finished with a win-loss record of 55–27, second in the division to the San Antonio Spurs (56–26). Malone had his best season statistically, averaging 31.0 points and 11.1 rebounds.[23] Stockton averaged 17.2 points and 14.5 assists per game, both career highs, with the assist total and average leading the NBA that season. In the NBA Playoffs, the Jazz played the Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
in the first round, led by All-Stars Tom Chambers and Kevin Johnson. The Suns defeated the Jazz 3 games to 2. Again, the Jazz were left with questions as to how they could do so well in the regular season but fail to advance in the playoffs. 1990–1996: Working toward championship contention[edit] For the 1990–91 season, the Jazz made another move to improve the team, with a three-way trade being made. Shooting guard
Shooting guard
Jeff Malone was brought to Utah
Utah
from the Washington Bullets, while Eric Leckner and Bob Hansen were sent from Utah
Utah
to the Sacramento Kings, and Pervis Ellison ended up going from Sacramento to Washington.[24] The Jazz began the season 22–15, before going 27–8 in January and February, with new addition Jeff Malone averaging 18.6 points that season, giving them three strong scoring options (Karl Malone, Jeff Malone, and John Stockton – 64.8 of the team's 104 points per game). The Jazz finished 54–28, second in the division to San Antonio by a game, similar to their division finish the prior year. In the playoffs, they met the Phoenix Suns
Phoenix Suns
for the second year in a row. Game 1 was a blowout Utah
Utah
win, in Phoenix, 129–90, which set the tone for the series, as Utah
Utah
eliminated the Suns 3–1, earning a second round match-up with the Portland Trail Blazers, the defending Western Conference Champions.[25] The Jazz played well, keeping close in most of the games, but lost the series 4–1 to a deeper and more experienced Trail Blazers team. The 1991–92 season proved to be the most successful in history, to that time, for the Jazz. They moved to the Delta Center, a state-of-the art arena that featured a seating capacity of 19,911. The Delta Center
Delta Center
was a huge improvement over the Salt Palace, which seated just over 12,000 and lacked luxury suites and retail space. Early in the year, a trade brought Tyrone Corbin, a tough, defensive forward, from Minnesota in exchange for fan-favorite Thurl Bailey. The Jazz went 55–27, and won the Midwest Division championship for the first time since 1989, and looked to advance farther in the postseason. In the playoffs, the Jazz defeated the Los Angeles Clippers 3–2 in the first round, then beat the Seattle SuperSonics in the second round, 4–1, to advance to the Western Conference Finals for the first time, where they faced the Portland Trail Blazers. Portland defeated the Jazz 4–2 in the series and again denied them a trip to the NBA Finals. The 1992–93 season was a disappointment compared with the years before, with a 47–35 mark and third place in the division. The center position, manned by Mark Eaton for most of the past decade, became suspect as he struggled with injuries and age. The bright spot was the hosting of the NBA All-Star Game and the surrounding events of All-Star Weekend. The Jazz lost to the Seattle SuperSonics
Seattle SuperSonics
in the first round, 3–2.[26] During the postseason, the team addressed the center position by acquiring Felton Spencer from Minnesota, in return for backup center Mike Brown. During the 1993–94 season, the Jazz traded Jeff Malone to the Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
for shooting guard Jeff Hornacek. Hornacek meshed well with Stockton, and the Jazz improved to 53–29. In the playoffs, they faced San Antonio in the first round, shutting down NBA scoring leader David Robinson in the series. Robinson had averaged 29.8 points on 50 percent shooting during the regular season, numbers that dropped to 20.0 and 41 percent in the series against Utah.[27] The Jazz then fought off a determined Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets
team 4–3 in the Conference semi-finals (almost blowing a 3 games to 0 series lead in the process), to advance to the Western Conference Finals, where they lost to the eventual NBA champion Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
4–1. In the 1994–95 season, the Jazz had significant depth and talent and were expected to make a serious run for the Championship. However, they lost starter Felton Spencer 34 games into the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon. Despite the injury to Spencer, the Jazz finished 60–22. However, the Jazz lost to the Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
in the first round of the playoffs, 3–2. Greg Ostertag was added to the team for the 1995–96 season. The Jazz went 55–27, and reached the Conference Finals for the third time in history, nearly overcame a 3–1 series deficit, but eventually lost to the Seattle SuperSonics
Seattle SuperSonics
4–3. 1996–1998: Reaching the NBA Finals[edit] In the next two seasons, the Jazz were finally able to capitalize on regular season success. In 1996–97, the Jazz had their best record in franchise history (64–18), and won the Midwest Division and finished with the best record in the Western Conference. The team included Stockton, Malone, and Hornacek, as well as Bryon Russell, Antoine Carr, Howard Eisley, and Shandon Anderson. Malone won his first NBA MVP for the 1996–97 regular season, averaging 27.4 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game.[28] The Jazz reached the NBA Finals
NBA Finals
for the first time after beating the Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers
3–0, Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
4–1, and Houston Rockets 4–2. The Jazz then met Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan
and the Chicago Bulls in the Finals, losing to the Bulls 4–2, with the last two games decided in the final seconds (scores of 90–88 and 90–86).[28] During the offseason, the Jazz made no changes to the roster. As the 1997–98 season neared, they were expected to be contenders for the championship again. However, Stockton suffered a serious knee injury before the season, and missed the first 18 games, in which the Jazz went 11–7. Once he returned, the team went 51–13, to finish at 62–20, and won the Midwest Division and home court advantage for the playoffs.[29][30] In the playoffs, they beat the Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
3-2, and the San Antonio Spurs 4–1, to advance to the Western Conference Finals for the third straight year. Utah, with a veteran roster of Stockton, Malone and Hornacek, faced a Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
team led by superstar Shaquille O'Neal, guards Eddie Jones, Nick Van Exel, and a young Kobe Bryant. The Jazz set the tone for the series with a win in Game 1, 112–77. Game 2, a 99–95 Jazz victory, and Games 3 and 4 in Los Angeles were decided by an average of 7.5 points. The Jazz swept the Lakers, and earned a second consecutive trip to the NBA Finals.[31] In the 1998 NBA Finals
NBA Finals
(again against the Chicago Bulls), the Jazz took Game 1 at home, 88–85 in overtime. However, the Bulls overcame a slow start to win Game 2, 93–88, easily took Game 3, 96–54 and won Game 4, 86–82 to lead the series 3–1. The Jazz fought back and won Game 5 on the road, 83–81, to trail 3–2 in the series, with Game 6 (and a Game 7 if needed) in Salt Lake City. The Jazz held a lead in most of Game 6, but the Bulls rallied, and in the last seconds of the game, Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan
stole the ball from Malone on the final Jazz possession and then made a jump shot to win the game, 87–86, and the series for Chicago, 4–2.[32] 1998–2003: Final years of Stockton and Malone[edit]

Karl Malone

John Stockton

In the 1999 season, shortened to 50 games due to a lockout, the Jazz finished 37–13, tied with the Spurs for the best record in the league. They defeated the Sacramento Kings
Sacramento Kings
in five games in the first round of the playoffs. However, they lost in the second round of the playoffs to the Portland Trail Blazers. Despite yet another disappointment, Malone was awarded his second MVP.[33] During the 1999–2000 season, the Jazz finished 55–27 and won the Midwest Division but again struggled in the postseason, and lost to the Portland Trail Blazers
Portland Trail Blazers
in the second round. In the off-season, Hornacek retired and Howard Eisley
Howard Eisley
was traded in a four-team deal that brought in Donyell Marshall. They selected promising high school basketball star DeShawn Stevenson
DeShawn Stevenson
in the first round of the 2000 NBA draft. In the 2000–01 season, they went 53–29, but they lost in the playoffs, surrendering a 2–0 series lead in the first round of the playoffs to the Dallas Mavericks, to lose the series 3–2, their earliest exit from the playoffs since the 1994–95 season. In the 2001–02 season, Andrei Kirilenko
Andrei Kirilenko
made his rookie debut, averaging 10.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.91 blocks per game. The team started slowly, 16–15 over the first two months, and finished 12–13 to go 44–38 overall. They lost to the Sacramento Kings
Sacramento Kings
3–1 in the first round of the playoffs. Prior to the 2002–03 season, Marshall and Russell moved on to other teams. Matt Harpring
Matt Harpring
was brought over from the Philadelphia 76ers. He took over the starting forward spot next to Malone and averaged 17.6 points and 6.6 rebounds, the best numbers of his career. The Jazz approached 50 wins going into the playoffs, but went 47–35. They faced the Sacramento Kings
Sacramento Kings
again, and lost in a five-game first round series, 4–1. After the season, the end of an era came as Stockton retired, and Malone left as a free agent to join the Los Angeles Lakers. 2003–2005: Rebuilding[edit] With their two franchise lead players Malone and Stockton gone, the team lacked foundation as it went into the 2003–04 season. They were expected to finish near the bottom of the NBA by several NBA preview magazines, including Sports Illustrated.[34] The Jazz finished with a 42–40 record. The team featured several unheralded players who emerged as key contributors, including Kirilenko, Raja Bell, and Carlos Arroyo. In particular, Kirilenko demonstrated versatility on both offense and defense and earned a spot in the All-Star Game. The Jazz missed the playoffs by one game to the Denver Nuggets, ending a streak of 20 consecutive seasons in the playoffs. Jerry Sloan
Jerry Sloan
finished second in the voting for the NBA Coach of the Year Award, losing to Hubie Brown
Hubie Brown
of the Memphis Grizzlies. During the offseason, the team made moves to change the roster; they acquired Carlos Boozer
Carlos Boozer
and Mehmet Okur
Mehmet Okur
as free agents and re-signed Carlos Arroyo
Carlos Arroyo
and Gordan Giricek
Gordan Giricek
to extensions. The 2004–05 season was marked by injuries, first to Arroyo and Raúl López, and later to Boozer and Kirilenko, which were a large part of the team's fall to the bottom of the division. When healthy, Boozer averaged 17.8 points and 9.0 rebounds in 51 games. The Jazz ended the 2004–05 season 26–56, their worst since the 1981–82 season. 2005–2010: Williams and Boozer era[edit] In summer 2005, the Jazz continued to change the roster by trading three draft picks to acquire the number 3 overall pick, which they used to select Deron Williams. Other transactions included Raja Bell leaving the team for the Phoenix Suns, the Jazz re-obtaining center Greg Ostertag from the Kings, and oft-injured Raúl López
Raúl López
being traded to the Memphis Grizzlies. The 2005–06 season was injury-plagued before it started; Boozer missed the first 49 games and Gordan Giricek
Gordan Giricek
and Kirilenko both missed significant time due to injuries. Okur and Kirilenko, however, showed consistently good play, while Williams, despite a mid-season slump, did not disappoint.[according to whom?] However, team owner Larry Miller expressed displeasure with the team's effort during the season.[citation needed] The Jazz stayed in the playoff race until the third-to-last game, when they lost to the Dallas Mavericks. The Jazz ended the season 41–41, three games out of the playoffs. Ostertag retired at the end of the season, having spent 10 of his 11 NBA seasons with the Jazz. In the 2006 NBA draft, the Jazz selected Ronnie Brewer
Ronnie Brewer
in the first round and in the second round selected Dee Brown and Paul Millsap. Several young players were traded to the Golden State Warriors
Golden State Warriors
for Derek Fisher, which give them a veteran point guard. The Jazz were heralded by several major sports websites for drafting well and making good off-season moves.[35] During the 2006–07 season, the Jazz improved considerably compared to the prior years, finishing with a 51–31 record. Boozer was selected as an All-Star for the first time (though he missed the game due to a minor injury) and center Mehmet Okur
Mehmet Okur
was selected to the All-Star game as well. Deron Williams
Deron Williams
finished third in the league in assists per game with 9.3 (behind Steve Nash
Steve Nash
and Chris Paul). The team also developed a deep bench; in the 10 games that Boozer and Okur (the two leading scorers) missed, the team went 8–2. Millsap was a surprise rookie,[according to whom?] becoming a competent backup to Boozer. Despite the elevated play of the Jazz, Kirilenko had a significant drop in his statistics and seemed to struggle adapting to a reduced role, which eventually led to a well-publicized breakdown early in the first round of the playoffs.[36] The Jazz faced the Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
in the first round, a match-up of number 4 and number 5 seeds ( Utah
Utah
was seeded higher due to winning the Northwest Division, but Houston had a 52–30 record opposed to Utah's 51–31, giving them home court advantage in the series). It was a physical, close-fought match-up, with each of the first six games being won by the home team. The Jazz broke this trend in the seventh game, and beat the Rockets 103–99 in Houston. The Jazz went on to face the eighth-seeded Golden State Warriors, who were coming off a historic upset of the number 1-seeded Dallas Mavericks. However, the Jazz easily handled the Warriors, and won the series 4–1. The Jazz then faced the San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
in the Western Conference finals, but lost to the more experienced Spurs, 4 games to 1 in the series. The Spurs eventually won the NBA championship that season by defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers
4 games to 0 in the NBA Finals. During the off-season, the Jazz gained a hometown NBA Development League affiliate in the Utah Flash
Utah Flash
(based in Orem), which they shared with the Boston Celtics. They selected Morris Almond
Morris Almond
in the first round, although ultimately they made few lineup changes. The most significant move[according to whom?] was in letting Derek Fisher
Derek Fisher
go. Fisher had become a fan favorite due to his strong play, and also a sympathetic one due to his daughter's well-publicized battle with a rare form of eye cancer. Fisher moved to Los Angeles during the off-season to be closer to better care for his daughter, and later signed with the Los Angeles Lakers. Controversy arose after Kirilenko led his Russian national team to a win in EuroBasket 2007
EuroBasket 2007
(the European championship), a tournament in which he was named MVP. After that, Kirilenko posted on a blog that he wished to be traded from the Jazz and would be willing to walk away from his contract.[37] He later reaffirmed this in interviews.[citation needed] However, no trade was made and he remained with the team. During the 2007–08 season, after a trade that sent Gordan Giricek
Gordan Giricek
to the Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
in exchange for Kyle Korver, the Jazz had a record-tying 19-game home winning streak and improved on the road after a rough December. Despite the off-season controversy and trade talk, Kirilenko elevated his play, improving all stats from the previous season, and seemed content with his new role as a defender and a facilitator opposed to a scorer.[citation needed] Boozer again was an All-Star selection, while Williams continued to elevate his play. The Jazz finished the regular season fifth-best in the Western Conference with a 54–28 record. The Jazz sold out 46 of 47 home games (including playoffs) during the year, and possessed a 37–4 home regular season record; that was, however, offset by a sub-par road win-loss record. The Jazz again faced the Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
in the first round of the playoffs, this time as a number 4 seed (although the Rockets possessed home-court advantage due to a better record). The Jazz took a 2–0 series lead in Houston, but lost the first game in Salt Lake City. After splitting the next two games, the Jazz beat the Rockets 113–91 in game 6, placing them into a second-round match-up with the number 1 seeded Los Angeles Lakers, their first postseason meeting since the 1998 Western Conference finals. Utah
Utah
lost games 1 and 2 in Los Angeles. However the Jazz held up their great home win record and defeated Los Angeles in Games 3 and 4. The Jazz lost game 5 in Los Angeles and were eliminated in Game 6. The Jazz made no major moves during the off-season. The 2008–09 season was difficult for the Jazz as they struggled with injuries that disrupted team chemistry, and although they were again nearly unstoppable at home, they possessed a poor road record. Utah's top three players all missed significant time due to sickness or injury; Williams missed 13 of the first 15 games, Boozer missed more than half of the season, and Okur missed sporadic time due to both injury and his father's sickness that led him to travel to his native Turkey early in the season. On February 20, 2009, Jazz owner Larry H. Miller died of complications from diabetes. His son, Greg Miller, became the new CEO of the team. The Jazz finished with a 48–34 record, slipping to No. 8 in the competitive Western Conference playoff race, after which they were eliminated by the Los Angeles Lakers for the second year in a row, 4 games to 1. The season was the last for long-time radio and former TV announcer Hot Rod Hundley, who announced his retirement after being with the Jazz for their entire history (35 years). Despite the disappointment, Williams proved to be one of the elite point guards in the league,[according to whom?] averaging 19.4 points and 10.8 assists per game, second in the league, despite playing the entire season with a lingering ankle injury. During the 2009 NBA draft, the Jazz selected Eric Maynor
Eric Maynor
No. 20 overall to back up Williams. Veteran Matt Harpring
Matt Harpring
retired, citing consistent injuries sustained from his physical playing style. Rumors circulated that Boozer wanted a trade,[citation needed] fueled by rumors that the Jazz were shopping him after he chose to opt into the last year of his contract; however, the team stated publicly that they did not seek to trade him. Boozer remained with the team heading into the 2009–10 season. The Jazz also added rookie Wesley Matthews
Wesley Matthews
to the lineup after an impressive training camp. As the 2009–10 season began they started 19–17. Several trades were made by the team, one that sent Maynor and the contract of the retired Harpring to the Oklahoma City Thunder
Oklahoma City Thunder
and another that sent starter Ronnie Brewer
Ronnie Brewer
to the Memphis Grizzlies
Memphis Grizzlies
at mid-season, a trade which was openly criticized by Williams.[38] The Brewer trade cleared the way for Matthews to take over his starter spot. Also, Williams was selected to play in the All-Star Game for the first time, and after a controversial off-season, Boozer played better than the year prior, averaging 19.5 points and 11.2 rebounds per game, and missed only four games to injury. He suggested that he would be happy to stay with Utah long-term.[39] After returning from an early-season injury, Kyle Korver set the NBA record for three-point field goal percentage in a season.[40] In a tight Western Conference, the Jazz finished 53–29 and lost the division in a tiebreaker with the Denver Nuggets, ending with the No. 5 seed, matched up with the Nuggets in the first round of the playoffs. Kirilenko, who had missed 13 of the last 15 games of the season due to an injury, re-aggravated the injury the day before the first game of the playoffs and missed the first round, while Okur tore his Achilles tendon
Achilles tendon
in the first game and missed the rest of the playoffs. Despite the injuries, the Jazz played well enough to defeat Denver 4–2 in the series. The Jazz were then eliminated by the Los Angeles Lakers for the third year in a row, being swept 4–0 (the first four-game sweep in Jazz history). 2010 off-season[edit] In the 2010 NBA draft, the Utah
Utah
Jazz selected Gordon Hayward
Gordon Hayward
from Butler University with the No. 9 overall pick, and Jeremy Evans
Jeremy Evans
with the No. 55 overall pick. Boozer agreed to a five-year, $80 million contract with the Chicago Bulls in free agency on July 7, 2010. The Jazz turned the transaction into a sign-and-trade one day later, receiving a trade exception worth around $13 million in return from Chicago.[41] Kyle Korver
Kyle Korver
also agreed to sign with the Bulls, two days later. Terms were not announced, but multiple reports had his deal as three years, $13 million.[42] Wesley Matthews signed a five-year, $33 million offer sheet with the Portland Trail Blazers on July 10, 2010. Less than a week after the Boozer loss, the Jazz traded Kosta Koufos and two future first-round picks to Minnesota for Al Jefferson, using the trade exception from the Boozer deal to receive Jefferson's contract without exceeding the salary cap.[43] Raja Bell
Raja Bell
was added also, to provide backcourt help after the losses of Korver and Matthews. He was signed to a three-year, $10 million contract. On June 15, 2010, the Jazz unveiled a new color scheme and logo, which represented a return to the old 'music note' logo. The team unveiled new uniforms on August 16.[44] The Jazz tendered restricted free-agent center Kyrylo Fesenko a $1 million qualifying offer in June 2010. The offer entitled Utah
Utah
to match any offer that Fesenko accepted from another team, whether signed or not. Fesenko signed the offer on September 27, 2010, the day before training camp began.[45] On the eve of training camp, the Jazz added two more players, Francisco Elson
Francisco Elson
and Earl Watson
Earl Watson
for the 2010–11 season. 2010–2013: Millsap and Jefferson era[edit] See also: 2010–11 Utah
Utah
Jazz season The 2010–11 season began on a positive note, as the team went undefeated (8–0) in the preseason, and in mid-January, they were 27–13 and seemed well on their way to another winning season, had that pace continued. However, over the next 14 games, Utah
Utah
went 4–10. On February 10, 2011, with the team record at 31–23 after a loss to the Chicago Bulls, head coach Jerry Sloan
Jerry Sloan
resigned, along with assistant Phil Johnson. Another of Sloan's assistants, Tyrone Corbin, was named the new head coach, while Scott Layden, the other assistant, remained as well. At the time of his departure, Sloan was the longest-tenured coach in the NBA. A week later, the Jazz hired former Jazz player Jeff Hornacek
Jeff Hornacek
as an assistant coach. On February 23, 2011, the Jazz traded star player Deron Williams
Deron Williams
to the New Jersey Nets for players Derrick Favors
Derrick Favors
and Devin Harris, as well as two first round draft picks (New Jersey's 2011 and Golden State's conditional 2012). It was rumored that Williams got into a shouting match with head coach Sloan during a game against the Chicago Bulls, which preceded Sloan's resignation and eventually, the Jazz's decision to trade Williams. While Williams was under contract through 2011–12 with a player option worth $17.7 million for 2012–13, Jazz chief executive officer Greg Miller did not believe they would be able to re-sign him. "And while I never saw any indication that he wouldn’t re-sign with us, I never saw any indication he would", said Miller.[46][47] The remainder of the season saw the Jazz continue to struggle, finishing with a 39–43 record, 11th in the Western Conference, therefore missing the playoffs for the first time since 2006. During the 2011 draft, the Jazz had two top-14 picks (one acquired in the trade that sent Williams to the New Jersey Nets), and used them on Enes Kanter
Enes Kanter
and Alec Burks. Following the end of the 2011 NBA lockout that saw the 2011–12 season shortened to 66 games, the Jazz bid farewell to their two longest-tenured players – Mehmet Okur
Mehmet Okur
was traded to the Nets for a future second-round pick, and Andrei Kirilenko, who played in his native Russia during the lockout and whose contract had expired after the 2011 season, decided to stay in Russia for the remainder of the 2011–12 season. They also acquired free agent veterans Josh Howard
Josh Howard
and Jamaal Tinsley. During the 2012 offseason, the Jazz traded Devin Harris
Devin Harris
to the Hawks for Marvin Williams.[48] In the 2012 draft, the Jazz selected Kevin Murphy with the No. 47 overall pick. The Jazz signed Mo Williams
Mo Williams
and Randy Foye, both former Clippers, and re-signed Jeremy Evans
Jeremy Evans
and Tinsley during the off-season. Long-time Jazz player C. J. Miles
C. J. Miles
decided to sign with Cleveland. Andrei Kirilenko
Andrei Kirilenko
did not re-sign with the Jazz in the off-season. The Jazz also named Dennis Lindsey as general manager and Kevin O'Connor as vice president of basketball operations. Longtime assistant coach Scott Layden left Utah
Utah
to be a part of the San Antonio Spurs
San Antonio Spurs
front office. 2013–present[edit] Before the 2013–14 season began, Utah
Utah
did not retain either Paul Millsap or Al Jefferson. Millsap accepted a two-year offer to join the Atlanta Hawks,[49][50] while Jefferson signed with the Charlotte Bobcats.[51] Jeff Hornacek
Jeff Hornacek
was hired during the off-season as head coach of the Phoenix Suns.[52] On March 14, 2014, the Jazz were officially eliminated from playoff contention with a 96–87 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. On June 27, 2013, Rudy Gobert
Rudy Gobert
was selected with the 27th overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft
2013 NBA draft
by the Denver Nuggets. He was later traded on draft night to the Utah
Utah
Jazz.[53] On July 6, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Jazz and joined them for the 2013 NBA Summer League.[54] On May 20, 2014, the Jazz earned the 5th pick in the 2014 NBA draft
2014 NBA draft
at the NBA Draft Lottery, with which they chose 18-year-old Australian point guard Dante Exum. They also had the 23rd pick from a trade with the Golden State Warriors
Golden State Warriors
and their own pick in the second round (the 35th pick overall). With the 23rd pick they selected Rodney Hood
Rodney Hood
from Duke University. The 35th pick was used to select Jarnell Stokes, who was subsequently traded to the Memphis Grizzlies
Memphis Grizzlies
for a future second-round pick. On June 6, 2014, Atlanta Hawks
Atlanta Hawks
assistant coach Quin Snyder
Quin Snyder
was named the eighth head coach in team history. Snyder signed a three-year contract with a team option for a fourth. He replaced Tyrone Corbin.[55] Prior to joining the Utah
Utah
Jazz, Snyder previously served as an NBA assistant coach for the Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers, and Los Angeles Lakers. The Jazz ended the 2015–16 season with a win-loss record of 40–42, good for ninth place in the Western Conference; however, the team failed to qualify to play in the NBA Playoffs
NBA Playoffs
by one game. The Jazz finished 51–31 during the 2016–17 season and qualified to play in the NBA Playoffs
NBA Playoffs
as the Western Conference's fifth seed. They defeated the Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers
in seven games in the first round for the team's first playoff series win since 2010. The team advanced to play the defending Western Conference champion Golden State Warriors in the conference semifinals where they were swept 4–0, ending their season. Gordon Hayward
Gordon Hayward
and Rudy Gobert
Rudy Gobert
had breakout seasons in 2017. After putting together several solid seasons in prior years, Hayward was named an NBA All-Star, while Gobert was named to the NBA Defensive First Team and All NBA Second Team. Hayward left the Jazz to sign with the Boston Celtics
Boston Celtics
as a free agent on July 4, 2017, announcing his decision in a letter published by The Players' Tribune.[56] Hayward's contract was finalized on July 14, 2017.[57][58] Rivalries[edit]

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See also: Jazz–Rockets rivalry The Jazz have not had a natural or fierce rival throughout their history, where each team has been competitive with the other over a long period of time. There have been several teams they have run into many times in the playoffs, however: Houston (7) – 1985, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 2007, 2008 (Jazz 5–2 Houston) Houston won two NBA Championships (1994, 1995) while defeating Utah along the way. Utah
Utah
advanced to the NBA Finals
NBA Finals
both times that they defeated the Lakers, while Los Angeles has advanced to the Finals each year they defeated Utah
Utah
in a series, winning NBA Championships in 1988, 2009, and 2010. Portland advanced to the NBA Finals
NBA Finals
in 1992 after defeating Utah
Utah
as well. San Antonio won an NBA Championship in 2007 after defeating Utah
Utah
in a series, while Utah
Utah
advanced to the NBA Finals in 1998 after defeating San Antonio in a series. The Jazz also have a regional rivalry with the Denver Nuggets. Both clubs are geographically situated in the Rocky Mountains, and have been part of the same division since 1979, having moved to the Northwest Division for the 2004–05 season. During the 2012–13 season, the Jazz and the Lakers competed for the number 8 seed in the Western Conference. However, the Jazz did not qualify for the Playoffs; the Lakers passed the Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
in the standings to claim the number 7 seed, and the Rockets moved down to the number 8 seed. The Lakers would eventually lose in a four-game sweep in the first round versus the eventual Western Conference champion San Antonio Spurs, who lost to the Miami Heat
Miami Heat
in seven games in the NBA Finals. Season records[edit] Main article: List of Utah
Utah
Jazz seasons The Jazz are the only team in NBA history not to have lost 60 or more games in a season.[59] This distinction was achieved when the New York Knicks and the Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
both lost more than 60 games in the 2014–15 NBA season.[59][60] Arenas[edit]

Loyola Field House (1974–1975) Municipal Auditorium (1974–1975) Louisiana Superdome
Louisiana Superdome
(1975–1979) Salt Palace (1979–1991) Vivint Smart Home Arena
Vivint Smart Home Arena
(formerly known as the Delta Center
Delta Center
and Energy Solutions Arena) (1991–present)

Mascot[edit] Main article: Jazz Bear Jazz Bear is the mascot for the Utah
Utah
Jazz, a National Basketball Association (NBA) franchise based in Salt Lake City. Jazz Bear was introduced to the league on November 4, 1994.[61] Logos and uniforms[edit]

Primary logo, used while the team was located in New Orleans (1974–1979).

Since the team's move from New Orleans
New Orleans
to Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City
in 1979, the Utah
Utah
Jazz have worn several uniforms throughout their franchise history. From 1979 to 1996, the Jazz' home uniforms consisted of the logo (the word "Jazz" with the J represented as a musical note combined with a basketball) on the center chest, with purple numbers. The only modification to this uniform was the word "Utah" being added to the center chest logo before the 1986–87 season. The road uniforms were purple with the 'J-note' logo and numbers in white. From 1981–84, the Jazz' road uniforms were dark green, with the aforementioned Jazz logo on the center chest and gold numbers. For the 1984–85 season, the road uniforms were changed back to purple, this time with gold numbers and white trim, along with the addition of the word 'Utah' on the logo. These uniforms were worn until the 1995–96 season.

Primary logo, 1996–2004.

For the 1996–97 season, the Jazz drastically updated their logos and uniforms, with a new color scheme of purple (slightly lighter from the previous shade), copper and turquoise. Their new uniform set featured a silhouette of the Wasatch Range
Wasatch Range
on the center chest, with a stylish new Jazz script, and purple and turquoise details. On the road purple jersey, the white mountain range gradually fades to purple just above the numbers, which are white, with copper interior trim and teal outlining. On the home white jersey, the numbers are purple, with white interior trim and teal outlining. The Jazz wore these jerseys until the 2003–04 season. The Jazz also introduced an alternate black jersey in the 1998–99 season, with the Jazz script on the center chest, but without the Wasatch Range
Wasatch Range
silhouette. On this jersey, both the Jazz script and numbers are white, with purple interior trim and copper outlining, and copper side panels. These jerseys were worn until the 2003–04 season.

Primary logo, 2004–2010.

In the 2004–05 season, the Jazz once again updated their color scheme, logos and uniforms. The new color scheme, which the team used until the end of the 2009–10 season, consisted of navy blue, powder blue, silver and purple, though the latter color was only used on the primary logo and alternate logo. The team logo remained the same, with the exception of the new color variation. The new home uniform consisted of an updated "Jazz" script on the center chest in navy blue, with navy numbers, both of which had silver interior trim and powder blue outlining. The new road uniform was navy blue, with a "Utah" script in powder blue on the center chest and powder blue numbers, both of which had silver outlining and white interior trim. In the 2006–07 season, the Jazz introduced a new alternate powder blue uniform. This uniform, which the team used until the end of the 2009–10 season, featured a Jazz script identical to the team logo and navy blue numbers below the script, also with silver and white trim. The nameplate on the back of the jersey was navy blue.

The team's former primary logo, 2010–2016.[5]

On June 15, 2010, the Jazz unveiled a new logo and color scheme on the team's official website.[44] For the 2010–11 season, the Jazz reverted to the team's original music note logo (without the word Utah), with a new color scheme of navy blue, gold, dark green & gray.[62] The new uniform set, which was unveiled on August 16, 2010, features a design nearly identical to the team's aforementioned 1984–96 uniform designs, with the following differences: navy blue replacing purple on the road uniform, dark green numerals on the home white jerseys, a white Jazz logo script on the road jerseys and side panels on both the home and away jerseys. The new uniforms were a combination of both the old and new styles, with navy blue retained from the most recent color scheme, but the now-famous 'J-note' logo and gold and green were revived.[63]

The team's script logo, 2010–2016.[5]

On December 9, 2011, the Jazz unveiled an alternate jersey that is similar to their road jersey, but swaps the navy and green colors so that the primary color is green, with a navy stripe on the side.[64][65] On May 12, 2016, the Utah
Utah
Jazz unveiled a refreshed brand identity. The new brand identity includes a new logo system, with some uniform modifications, a new home court design, and the selection of the team's wordmark logo as its new primary logo.[4][66] In 2017, as part of the switch to Nike as the NBA's uniform provider, the Jazz made some slight changes to their uniform set. While the white "Association" and navy "Icon" uniforms remained mostly intact, the Jazz retired their green and navy sleeved alternates in favor of a gold "Statement" uniform, featuring the navy 'J-note' logo and green numbers. The "City" uniform, worn for the 2017–18 season, was inspired from the red rock formations found in Southern Utah, and it featured a gradient of gold, orange, burgundy and black.[67] Players[edit] Main article: Utah
Utah
Jazz all-time roster Current roster[edit]

Utah
Utah
Jazz roster

v t e

Players Coaches

Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From

6.0 !C 7001130000000000000♠13 Bradley, Tony 7000208279999999999♠6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 248 lb (112 kg) 1998–01–08 North Carolina

1.5 !G 7001100000000000000♠10 Burks, Alec 7000198120000000000♠6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 214 lb (97 kg) 1991–07–20 Colorado

4.0 !F 7001990000000000000♠99 Crowder, Jae 7000198120000000000♠6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1990–07–06 Marquette

1.5 !G 7001110000000000000♠11 Exum, Dante 7000198120000000000♠6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1995–07–13 Lake Ginninderra (AUS)

5.5 !F/C 7001150000000000000♠15 Favors, Derrick 7000208279999999999♠6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 265 lb (120 kg) 1991–07–15 Georgia Tech

6.0 !C 7001270000000000000♠27 Gobert, Rudy (C) 7000215899999999999♠7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1992–06–26 France

4.0 !F 7000200000000000000♠2 Ingles, Joe 7000203200000000000♠6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 226 lb (103 kg) 1987–10–02 Lake Ginninderra (AUS)

4.0 !F 7000800000000000000♠8 Jerebko, Jonas 7000208279999999999♠6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 231 lb (105 kg) 1987–03–02 Sweden

4.0 !F 7001210000000000000♠21 McCree, Erik (TW) 7000203200000000000♠6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 1993–12–20 Louisiana Tech

1.5 !G 7001450000000000000♠45 Mitchell, Donovan 7000190500000000000♠6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1996–09–07 Louisville

1.5 !G 7001250000000000000♠25 Neto, Raul 7000185420000000000♠6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 179 lb (81 kg) 1992–05–19 Brazil

4.0 !F 7001310000000000000♠31 Niang, Georges (TW) 7000198120000000000♠6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 231 lb (105 kg) 1993–06–17 Iowa State

4.0 !F 7001230000000000000♠23 O'Neale, Royce 7000198120000000000♠6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 226 lb (103 kg) 1993–06–05 Baylor

1.5 !G 7000300000000000000♠3 Rubio, Ricky 7000193040000000000♠6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1990–10–21 Spain

4.0 !F 7001220000000000000♠22 Sefolosha, Thabo  (S) 7000200659999999999♠6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1984–05–02 Switzerland

1.5 !G 7000500000000000000♠5 Stockton, David 7000180340000000000♠5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 165 lb (75 kg) 1991–06–24 Gonzaga

5.5 !F/C 7001330000000000000♠33 Udoh, Ekpe 7000208279999999999♠6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1987–05–20 Baylor

Head coach

Quin Snyder

Assistant coach(es)

Johnnie Bryant Alex Jensen Brad Jones Igor Kokoškov Antonio Lang Mike Wells Mark McKown (player development) Jeff Watkinson (player development)

Legend

(C) Team captain (DP) Unsigned draft pick (FA) Free agent (S) Suspended (GL) On assignment to G League affiliate (TW) Two-way affiliate player Injured

Roster • Transactions Last transaction: 2018-02-08

Retained draft rights[edit] The Jazz hold the draft rights to the following unsigned draft picks who have been playing outside the NBA. A drafted player, either an international draftee or a college draftee, who is not signed by the team that drafted him, is allowed to sign with any non-NBA teams. In this case, the team retains the player's draft rights in the NBA until one year after the player's contract with the non-NBA team ends.[68] This list includes draft rights that were acquired from trades with other teams.

Draft Round Pick Player Pos. Nationality Current team Note(s) Ref

2008 2 44 Tomić, AnteAnte Tomić C  Croatia FC Barcelona Lassa (Spain)

[69]

Retired numbers[edit]

Utah
Utah
Jazz retired numbers

No. Player Position Tenure Date

1 Frank Layden Head coach 1981–1988 December 9, 1988

4 Adrian Dantley F 1979–1986 April 11, 2007

7 Pete Maravich G 1974–1979 December 14, 1985

9 Larry H. Miller Owner 1985–2009 April 14, 2010

12 John Stockton G 1984–2003 November 22, 2004

14 Jeff Hornacek G 1994–2000 November 19, 2002

32 Karl Malone F 1985–2003 March 23, 2006

35 Darrell Griffith G 1980–1991 December 4, 1993

53 Mark Eaton C 1982–1993 March 1, 1996

1223 Jerry Sloan Head coach 1988–2011 January 31, 2014

"Hot" Rod Hundley Broadcaster 1974–2009 January 29, 2010

Basketball
Basketball
Hall of Famers[edit]

Utah
Utah
Jazz Hall of Famers

Players

No. Name Position Tenure Inducted

7 44 Pete Maravich
Pete Maravich
1 G 1974–1980 1987

8 Walt Bellamy
Walt Bellamy
2 3 C 1974 1993

25 Gail Goodrich
Gail Goodrich
2 G 1976–1979 1996

4 Adrian Dantley F/G 1979–1986 2008

12 John Stockton
John Stockton
4 G 1984–2003 2009

32 Karl Malone
Karl Malone
5 F 1985–2003 2010

22 Bernard King F 1979–1980 2013

24 Spencer Haywood
Spencer Haywood
2 F/C 1979 2015

Coaches

Name Position Tenure Inducted

Elgin Baylor
Elgin Baylor
6 7 Head coach 1974 1976–1979 1977

1223 Jerry Sloan Head coach 1988–2011 2009

Notes:

1 Started playing for the team when they were known as New Orleans Jazz. 2 Played for the team when they were known as New Orleans
New Orleans
Jazz. 3 In total, Bellamy was inducted into the Hall of Fame twice – as player and as a member of the 1960 Olympic team. 4 In total, Stockton was inducted into the Hall of Fame twice – as player and as a member of the 1992 Olympic team. 5 In total, Malone was inducted into the Hall of Fame twice – as player and as a member of the 1992 Olympic team. 6 Coached when the team was known as New Orleans
New Orleans
Jazz. 7 Inducted as player.

Franchise leaders[edit] Bold denotes still active with team. "Name*" includes points scored for the team while in the ABA. Italics denotes still active but not with team. Points scored (regular season) (as of the end of the 2016–17 season)[70]

Karl Malone
Karl Malone
(36,374) John Stockton
John Stockton
(19,711) Adrian Dantley (13,635) Darrell Griffith
Darrell Griffith
(12,391) Thurl Bailey
Thurl Bailey
(9,897) Andrei Kirilenko
Andrei Kirilenko
(8,411) Pete Maravich
Pete Maravich
(8,324) Gordon Hayward
Gordon Hayward
(8,077) Deron Williams
Deron Williams
(7,576) Mehmet Okur
Mehmet Okur
(7,255) Rickey Green
Rickey Green
(6,917) Jeff Hornacek
Jeff Hornacek
(6,848) Carlos Boozer
Carlos Boozer
(6,821) Paul Millsap
Paul Millsap
(6,713) Bryon Russell (5,752) Matt Harpring
Matt Harpring
(5,604) Mark Eaton (5,216) Jeff Malone (5,158) Derrick Favors
Derrick Favors
(5,126) Al Jefferson
Al Jefferson
(4,089) Rich Kelley (4,044) Aaron James (3,829) Bob Hansen (3,550) Jeff Wilkins (3,445) Greg Ostertag (3,425) C. J. Miles
C. J. Miles
(3,264) Jim McElroy (3,188) David Benoit (3,035) Alec Burks (3,034) Truck Robinson
Truck Robinson
(2,901)

Other statistics (regular season) (as of the end of the 2016–17 season)[70]

Most minutes played

Player Minutes

Karl Malone 53,479

John Stockton 47,764

Mark Eaton 25,169

Darrell Griffith 21,403

Andrei Kirilenko 20,989

Most rebounds

Player Rebounds

Karl Malone 14,601

Mark Eaton 6,939

John Stockton 4,051

Greg Ostertag 3,978

Rich Kelley 3,972

Most assists

Player Assists

John Stockton 15,806

Karl Malone 5,085

Rickey Green 4,159

Deron Williams 4,003

Andrei Kirilenko 1,919

Most steals

Player Steals

John Stockton 3,265

Karl Malone 2,035

Rickey Green 1,100

Andrei Kirilenko 960

Darrell Griffith 931

Most blocks

Player Blocks

Mark Eaton 3,064

Andrei Kirilenko 1,380

Greg Ostertag 1,253

Karl Malone 1,125

Thurl Bailey 879

Individual awards[edit]

NBA MVP

Karl Malone – 1997, 1999

NBA Rookie of the Year

Darrell Griffith – 1981

NBA Defensive Player of the Year

Mark Eaton – 1985, 1989

NBA Coach of the Year

Frank Layden – 1984

NBA Executive of the Year

Frank Layden – 1984

J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award

Frank Layden - 1984 Thurl Bailey - 1989

All-NBA First Team

Pete Maravich – 1976, 1977 Karl Malone – 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 John Stockton – 1994, 1995

All-NBA Second Team

Pete Maravich – 1978 Adrian Dantley – 1981, 1984 Karl Malone – 1988, 2000 John Stockton – 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1996 Deron Williams – 2008, 2010 Rudy Gobert – 2017

All-NBA Third Team

John Stockton – 1991, 1997, 1999 Karl Malone – 2001 Carlos Boozer – 2008

NBA All-Defensive First Team

E.C. Coleman – 1977 Mark Eaton – 1985, 1986, 1989 Karl Malone – 1997, 1998, 1999 Andrei Kirilenko – 2006 Rudy Gobert – 2017

NBA All-Defensive Second Team

Mark Eaton – 1987, 1988 Karl Malone – 1988 John Stockton – 1989, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1997 Andrei Kirilenko – 2004, 2005

NBA All-Rookie First Team

Darrell Griffith – 1981 Thurl Bailey – 1984 Karl Malone – 1986 Andrei Kirilenko – 2002 Deron Williams – 2006 Trey Burke – 2014

NBA All-Rookie Second Team

Blue Edwards – 1990 Paul Millsap – 2007 Derrick Favors – 2011

NBA All-Star Weekend[edit] NBA All-Star Selections

Pete Maravich - 1977, 1978, 1979 Truck Robinson - 1978 Adrian Dantley - 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986 Rickey Green - 1984 Karl Malone - 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002 John Stockton - 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000 Mark Eaton - 1989 Andrei Kirilenko - 2004 Carlos Boozer - 2007, 2008 Mehmet Okur - 2007 Deron Williams - 2010, 2011 Gordon Hayward - 2017

NBA All-Star Game MVP

Karl Malone - 1989, 1993 John Stockton - 1993

Broadcasters[edit] See also: Utah
Utah
Jazz Radio Network The Jazz's flagship radio stations are KZNS (1280) "The Zone" and KZNS-FM
KZNS-FM
Fox Sports Radio 97.5.[71] The Jazz signed a new exclusive 12-year agreement with then FSN Utah, (now part of AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain) on October 20, 2009, ending the team's broadcasts on KJZZ-TV.[72] The team's current TV and radio announcers are:

Craig Bolerjack
Craig Bolerjack
(TV play-by-play) Matt Harpring
Matt Harpring
(TV color commentary) David Locke (radio play-by-play) Ron Boone
Ron Boone
(radio broadcast analyst) Dan Roberts (public address announcer, home games) Alema Harrington (TV host, pre-game and post-game) Thurl Bailey
Thurl Bailey
(TV broadcast analyst) Steve Brown (TV sideline reporter) Kristen Kenney (TV sideline reporter) Nelson Moran (Spanish Radio: play-by-play/color commentary) Isidro Lopez (Spanish Radio: play-by-play) Nicole Hernandez (Spanish Radio: color commentary/sideline reporter)

Retired announcers:

Rod Hundley
Rod Hundley
(TV and Radio play-by-play) (1974–2009)

Head coaches[edit] Main article: List of Utah
Utah
Jazz head coaches

Years Coach Regular season Postseason

1974 Scotty Robertson 1–14

1974 Elgin Baylor 0–1

1974–1976 Butch van Breda Kolff 74–100

1976–1979 Elgin Baylor 86–134

1979–1981 Tom Nissalke 60–124

1981–1988 Frank Layden 277–294 18–23

1988–2011 Jerry Sloan 1127–682 96–100

2011–2014 Tyrone Corbin 112–146 0–4

2014–present Quin Snyder 129–117 4–7

Total 1866–1612 118–134

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