Top 10 Players Utah Jazz of All-Time

Top 10 Players Utah Jazz of All-Time

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Utah Jazz


Honorable Mentions:

20. Rich Kelley

19. Truck Robinson

18. Matt Harpring

17. Jeff Malone

16. John Drew

15. Rickey Green

14. Al Jefferson

13. Paul Millsap

12. Thurl Bailey

11. Mehmet Okur

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10. Darrell Griffith

Seasons in Utah:

10 (1980-1991)

Stats w/ the Jazz

16.2 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 2.1 APG, 1.5 Stocks, 46.3 FG%

When your nickname is Dr. Dunkenstein, of course the most exciting aspect of your game will be dunking, but there was a lot more to Darrell Griffith than his high-flying finishes. He spent all 10 of his NBA seasons playing for the Jazz and was one of the most complete scorers in team history, averaging over 20 points a game four different times. Plenty of those points came in the form of dunks, but Griffith was also one of the league’s best three-point shooters at the start of his career. He led the NBA in three-pointers made in 1984 and 1985. He’s fourth in Jazz history in points and 10th in points per game. A great player, but I still think his nickname trumps everything else.

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9. Carlos Boozer

Seasons in Utah:

6 (2004-2010)

Stats w/ the Jazz

19.3 PPG, 10.5 RPG, 2.9 APG, 1.4 Stocks, 54.4 FG%

Before Carlos Boozer became one of the laughing stocks of the NBA, he was actually a really good player out West. As a member of the Utah Jazz, Carlos Boozer was an offensive powerhouse and one of the most productive power forwards in the NBA. From 2004 to 2010, he averaged 19.3 points while shooting 54 percent from the field and was an excellent pick-and-roll complement to point guard Deron Williams because of his ability to both finish at the rim and knock down mid-range jump shots.  He was also one of the league’s best rebounders while he was in Utah, averaging 10.5 rebounds over his six seasons there and finishing in the top 10 in the league in that category three times. Boozer is in the top five in Jazz history in points and rebounds per game, as well as PER. Forget what he did in Chicago and Los Angeles, this man could seriously ball when he was a Jazz.

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8. Jeff Hornacek

Seasons in Utah:

7 (1993-2000)

Stats w/ the Jazz

14.4 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 4.0 APG, 1.5 Stocks, 49.4 FG%

Among one of the most underrated players in NBA history, Jeff Hornacek was much better and more valuable than people give him credit for. During the 1991-92 season, Hornacek averaged 20.1 points, 5.1 assists and 5.0 rebounds while shooting 51 percent from the field, 44 percent from three-point range and 89 percent from the line. Just a few short years after putting up those superstar numbers, Hornacek accepted a much smaller role as the third wheel on a Jazz team that already featured John Stockton and Karl Malone. He thrived in that role and went on to become Utah’s franchise leader in both three-point and free-throw percentage. He’s also in the top 10 in team history in three-point field goals, assists and steals. As a member of the Jazz, Hornacek averaged 14.4 points, 4.0 assists and 2.8 rebounds a game over the last six-and-a-half seasons of his NBA career. So can we agree now that he is one of the more underrated players in NBA history?

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7. Mark Eaton

Seasons in Utah:

11 (1982-1993)

Stats w/ the Jazz

6.0 PPG, 7.9 RPG, 1.0 APG, 3.9 Stocks, 45.8 FG%

Mark Eaton played all 11 years of his career in Utah and is considered by many (myself included) to be the greatest shot blocker in NBA history. The 7’4″ center started 815 games and averaged 3.5 blocks for the Jazz over the course of 11 seasons, so it’s no wonder why he won the Defensive Player of the Year two separate times.  That average of 3.5 BPG is not only the best in team history, but it tops the list of all NBA players as well. He’s also fourth in league history in total blocks and first in team history with a whopping 3,064. Andrei Kirilenko is second in the Jazz’ books in blocks and has less than half of Eaton’s total. The greatest shot blocker to ever play in the NBA led the league in that category four times in a five-year stretch. For the 1984-85 campaign, he averaged 5.6 blocks per game—the all-time highest average for a single season. Don’t sleep on Mark Eaton. He was one hell of a player.

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