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

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

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Boozer's time in Utah was fraught with controversy. His previous team, Cleveland, let him out of his rookie contract early, allegedly assuming they would negotiate a new deal. But Boozer signed with the Jazz instead.

Due to injuries, Boozer only played in 84 games over his first two seasons. When he was on the floor, he performed well — just not often enough for Jazz fans' liking. By 2006, however, Boozer was consistently posting 20 points and 10 rebounds per game. The Jazz made the Western Conference Finals in 2007, and Boozer was a large factor in that success.

In 2008, Boozer again sat out most of the season with injuries, and his on-court production dropped even when he was healthy. By the time his contract was up in 2010, Jazz fans had had enough.

Boozer agreed to a sign-and-trade deal with the Chicago Bulls, which allowed the Jazz the cap space to subsequently trade for Al Jefferson. While his role is slightly reduced, Boozer is still an effective scorer and rebounder in Chicago.

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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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