Commentary: The 25 best players in Utah Jazz franchise history

Published: Friday, July 26 2013 2:12 a.m. MDT

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Russell spent his first nine NBA seasons with the Jazz, after being drafted in the second round of the 1993 draft.

During his 628 games, Russell averaged 9.2 points to go along with 3.8 rebounds and more than a steal a game.

Even though Russell was solid offensively, he makes the list because of his defensive ability. Russell took the challenge to guard the other team’s best offensive player and was frequently very effective.
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Too bad two of those players are gone this year who could have helped us and trained the younger ones as well = Jefferson and Milsap. We should have spend the money on them instead of getting those guys from GS. Just hope the Jazz know what they're doing this year. Favors is already hurt and who backs him up?

Magna, UT

Jordan pushed Russell!

Provo, UT

I would have to rate Eaton and Hornacek above Boozer because simply they were more durable. Eaton was a great defensive player and for the first 10 years of his career never missed more than three games a season. Boozer was often injured and to me a valuable player is one that actually plays.

Long Lost America
Salt Lake City, UT

"Goodrich was still solid for Utah?"

Do you really think you can get by without fact checks and there aren't fans who don't actually remember who actually played in Utah?

Long Lost America
Salt Lake City, UT

No Adrian Dantley? Seriously?

Long Lost America
Salt Lake City, UT

OK, found Dantley, just not where I expected.

Common Ground
Salt Lake City, UT

Stockton and Malone should have been tied for number one because neither would have achieved what he did without the other. Also, their best traits may have been that they never coasted and they almost never got injured.


I probably would've put Stockton above Malone. Both are incredible and are a perfect match together but I feel like Stockton could've still been Stockton without Malone and Malone would not of scored as much with Stockton being so unselfish.

Temecula, CA

Fairly well ranked, I think. Always good to be reminded of Pete Maravich...fastest man from one end of the court to the other dribbling ever. Could shoot and would shoot from anywhere. Deron Williams might have been higher if he had played with Karl Malone, but I still rate Stockton the better point guard.

West Jordan, UT

Putting Donyell Marshall on here is such a stretch. If you can't come up with better names then do a top 10. Greg Ostertag should be on here before Marshall, even though he was lazy, he spent his whole career with the Jazz, was a key component of the two Western Conference championship teams, and was one of the best big men the franchise has ever had. Also Bryon Russell deserves to be higher than Marshall due to the fact that he spent most of his career with the Jazz and was also a key component of the Championship teams as well.

Springville, UT

What about 'Mad Dog'?!


keystone heights, fl.

I remember watching Maravich score 17 points(on his last legs) for the Celtics against a still potent Bullet's team in Bird's rookie season in Landover, Md. He actually hit the game winning 3 in the last minute! Even then he was a joy to watch...

Tyler Ray
Taylorsville, UT

@ bigirish

Millsap definitely wanted to leave, he showed that with a lackluster finish to the season, which was very un-Millsap like of him.

Jefferson is a great scorer in the league, but a huge liability on defense.

I believe Kanter will be an 18 and 10 guy in this league soon, (Same stats as Jefferson) with better defense.

Favors might not score 18 pts per game, but will come close and will be our defensive closer. The Jazz made the right choice by letting Millsap and Jefferson go so Kanter and Favors can fly.

Millsap fan
Taylorsville, UT

I would have put Stockton first because of the assist and steals records that will never be broken. EVER!

mclean, VA

Putting Malone ahead of Stockton is such a common mistake--nearly everyone makes it--because we somehow think points are more important than assists and steals. Malone not only should be second to Stockton, he should thank Stockton for making him twice as productive a player as he would have been had he not played with Stock.

Mountain Bird
West Jordan, UT

Bobby Hansen makes it on my 25 best list and I'm surprised he didn't make on yours. I also would have put Ty Corbin, Mike Brown, Ben Poquette, Antione Carr and Jeff Wilkins ahead of some of these guys. Granted I wasn't familiar with the New Orleans Jazz except for Maravich and Goodrich, but I've been with the Jazz since they arrived in Utah. Too bad we didn't have Ron Boone in his prime or he would certainly be included here. Even still deserves consideration. Some of us had the pleasure of watching him play for the Stars especially when he helped lead the team to an ABA title.

Morgan Duel
Taylorsville, UT

Wow, now I can see why the Jazz have won so many championships!

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