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A look at 10 former Utah Jazz players, including Deron Williams

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 18 2012 2:25 p.m. MST

Through the 1980s, 1990s and the early part of the new century, the Utah Jazz had a reputation as the most consistent team in the NBA. Their coach, Jerry Sloan, stayed courtside for more than 20 years and won more than 1,000 games. The biggest stars of the franchise, John Stockton and Karl Malone, displayed a loyalty to the Jazz organization unheard of on any modern NBA team not named the San Antonio Spurs.

And then, mired in mediocrity and laden with locker-room strife, the Jazz's world was flipped upside down. It began with Mehmet Okur tearing his Achilles tendon in a playoff game. It escalated with the departure of Carlos Boozer, Kyle Korver and Ronnie Brewer. It climaxed with Sloan's sudden retirement and the trade that sent NBA All-Star Deron Williams packing.

Look at the Jazz roster from 2009 and 2010. Most of the names on the list should be familiar if you’re a Jazz fan. The fact that only one of these 15 men still play for the Jazz is a testament to the massive organizational shift that has happened within the Utah Jazz over the last three seasons.

Here are 10 players that made a measurable impact during their time in Utah, but have since left the organization, either by choice or by trade.

Related: Deron Williams: 'I'm not the same player since Utah traded me'; says Jazz’s system was a better fit

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KamUte
South Jordan, UT

Funny how each of these players had their best years with the Jazz. Se La Vie!

Doug10
Roosevelt, UT

The Jazz have a rich history and much is from players as well as fans.

Sloan was a huge part of that history and refecting back as this article has he made a lot with a little.

Fesenko, Sloan kept him and used him but he has since proven his worth.

CJ got rewarded this year by being named the second worst effective player in the NBA. SLoan had planned to coach until CJ became a great player but Sloan decided he would die of old age before that happened.

Ronnie Price had a huge heart but was and is mostly ineffective in games.

AK is a natural but did not fit the Jazz system when Boozer and Deron were here. AK continues to defy his age with uncanny athletic ability.

Boozer had a system designed to help him here.

Deron did not understand the upsdie of landing in Utah but he was young. Utah is not fun for young players. Deron did surface as team leader and the face of the Jazz.

This year the Jazz still have talent but they lack the captain/leader and each game it shows.

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