Utah Jazz biographies

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 27 2011 12:00 a.m. MST

Josh Howard


Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Lakers

Tuesday December 27th, 8:30 p.m.

TV: TNT; Radio: 1320-AM


6-foot-6, good fighting weight

2nd season; 48 years old

Role: Coach put his own stamp on his team by implementing a new style of defense in camp, and he's earned respect of players.

Quote: "I think we're ready to go. I think they're excited about getting going. We've had some great practices. ... We're ready to see where we are once we get going."


6-foot-5, 210 pounds

12th season; 35 years old

Role: Shooting guard came back reinvigorated and ready to provide leadership, a defensive presence and an occasional scoring punch.

Quote: "You're always excited to play. This has been a longer summer than usual. Your body knows when it's time to play ... so it starts to get anxious."


6-foot-6, 202 pounds

Rookie; 20 years old

Role: Shooting guard can earn early minutes with energetic defense and driving abilities while outside shot improves.

Quote: "I just want to contribute — contribute right away. If I do that, I feel like that would be my best goal for my rookie season."


6-foot-9, 194 pounds

2nd season; 24 years old

Role: Forward's reliable instant energy, insane jumping abilities and fun attitude should earn him must-watch minutes.

Quote: "I've worked hard enough that my confidence is high. That's what I've been trying to work on. I'm ready to go out and try to see where I'm at."


6-foot-10, 248 pounds

2nd season; 20 years old

Role: Power forward's sturdy frame, solid work ethic and raw talent are reasons why he's considered a cornerstone of franchise's future.

Quote: "Just coming out playing my game, do what I do to try to improve and try to get some minutes. ... Just try to win."


6-foot-3, 192 pounds

8th season; 28 years old

Role: Point guard has blazing speed and a scoring instinct, and his commitment to improved offensive execution could pay nice dividends.

Quote: "It's exciting times. Obviously (we) went through a semi-challenging training camp. I think we have a good mixture of guys. I'm excited to see what we can do."


6-foot-8, 210 pounds

2nd season; 21 years old

Role: Guard/forward looks to pick up where he left off as rookie, giving team added outside shooting, defense and athleticism.

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