Top 10 Players Utah Jazz of All-Time

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3. Adrian Dantley

Seasons in Utah:

7 (1978-1986)

Stats w/ the Jazz

29.6 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 3.7 APG, 1.2 Stocks, 56.2 FG%

Hall of Famer Adrian Dantley spent seven seasons in the middle of what was otherwise something of a journeyman’s career in Utah, where he was arguably the best scorer in the NBA. He won two scoring titles with the Jazz and averaged over 30 points a game in four different seasons. Over the seven years he spent in Utah, Dantley averaged 29.6 points per game—that puts him at No. 1 in Jazz history. Inside the three-point line, he had an extremely well-rounded offensive arsenal that included pull-up jumpers, a post game and an ability to get to the rim off the drive. Karl Malone may be Utah’s all-time leader in points scored, but that has a lot to do with longevity and the fact that he played with arguably the best distributor of all time in John Stockton. When it comes to pure scoring ability, the only Jazz player who might be better than Dantley is the legendary Pete Maravich, and even he comes up a bit short. For the 7 season he spent with this franchise, he threw together a historic stat line of 29.6 PPG, 6.2 RPG, 3.7 APG, 1.2 Stocks, 56.2 FG%. Now you can understand why he made it this high on the ranking.

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2. John Stockton

Seasons in Utah:

19 (1984-2003)

Stats w/ the Jazz

13.1 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 10.5 APG, 2.4 Stocks, 51.5 FG%

John Stockton played all 1,504 of his career NBA games in a Utah Jazz uniform. After 19 years with the organization, he can now find himself in the top 10 in team history in 32 different statistical categories… yes, 32. He is first in NBA history in assists, assist percentage and steals. He’s second in assists per game and seventh in steals per game. His unselfishness, vision, ball-handling and passing ability on offense and his tenacity and leadership on defense are key components of the ultimate blueprint for a true point guard. No one has ever exemplified what the position was meant to be better than Stockton. As the floor general (point man, quarterback, call it whatever you want), he led his team both tactically and emotionally. Tactically in the sense that he got the offense flowing, made sure everyone was where they were supposed to be at all times and almost always made the right decision with the ball. Emotionally in the sense that he inspired his teammates and made everyone better, including Karl Malone.

 From 1987 to 1996, Stockton led the NBA in assists per game for eight straight seasons. During that stretch, he averaged 15.7 points, 13.1 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 2.6 steals while shooting 52 percent from the field and 39 percent from three-point range. During the 1989-90 season, Stockton averaged 14.5 assists a game. That’s the best single-season mark in NBA history. Of the top six seasons in league history for assist average, Stockton owns claim to five. The only player who might have an argument as a better point guard is Magic Johnson. But for the Jazz, Stockton’s the best and it’s not even close. You better believe the next man on this list benefitted more than anyone from the spectacular and consistent play of legend John Stockton. So much so, maybe I should rank Stockton #1? Oh well.

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1. Karl Malone

Seasons in Utah:

18 (1985-2003)

Stats w/ the Jazz

25.4 PPG, 10.2 RPG, 3.5 APG, 2.2 Stocks, 51.7 FG%

As a member of the Utah Jazz, Karl Malone averaged 25.4 points, 10.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game over 18 seasons with the team. He’s in the top 10 in team history in 29 different statistical categories and first in 13 of those categories, including points, field goals, free throws and rebounds. Malone stacked up a lot of those numbers by being more of a human freight train than a roll man playing a basketball game. His timing in pick-and-rolls with John Stockton was damn near perfect, his hands were extremely soft and agile when receiving the ball, and his ability to finish was unrivaled. He also developed a very consistent mid-range shot, making the pick-and-roll even more difficult to guard. He was also an elite rebounder, averaging double-figures 10 times during his career. From 1986 to 1995, he averaged 11.2 rebounds per game. Team success was another big part of Malone’s legacy in Utah. He played for the Jazz for 18 seasons, all of which included postseasons. He was the leading scorer for the Jazz teams that made it to the NBA Finals in 1997 and 1998, if it wasn’t for a man with the name of Michael Jordan – you better believe he would have won at least one title. He is the second greatest power forward of all-time, and until Tim Duncan secured his legacy – he was #1.



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