The Utah Jazz broke through to the NBA Finals in the 1996-97 season, a memory that endures for Jazz fans to this day. Here's a look back at the players who made the historic season possible.

Shandon Anderson

Shooting guard/small forward

1996-97 averages: 5.9 points, 2.8 rebounds, 0.8 assists

Pro experience in 1996-97: First season

Notable: Anderson was the youngest player on Utah’s team that year; born on Dec. 31, 1973, he was 23 when the Jazz played Chicago in the NBA Finals.

Where are they now: In 2014, Anderson opened a vegan restaurant in Atlanta called Drink Art, which has since closed.

Antoine Carr

Power forward/center

1996-97 averages: 7.4 points, 2.4 rebounds, 0.8 blocks

Pro experience in 1996-97: 13th season

Notable: The team’s main bench contributor also was Utah’s second-leading shot blocker in 1996-97, with 72 in the regular season and playoffs combined.

Where are they now: Lives in Texas and runs a construction company

Memories from the 1996-97 season: “You know, Jerry (Sloan)’s that type of man. He’s just a hard-nosed, old country boy, and that’s the guy I appreciate and I love for who he is. He hasn’t changed even to this day.”

Howard Eisley

Point guard

1996-97 averages: 4.5 points, 1.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists

Pro experience in 1996-97: Third season

Notable: Eisley had four double-digit scoring games in the 1997 playoffs, more than his total (three) from the regular season.

Where are they now: Assistant coach with the New York Knicks, joining the staff on Aug. 19, 2016.

Greg Foster

Power forward/center

1996-97 averages: 3.5 points, 2.4 rebounds, 0.3 blocks

Pro experience in 1996-97: Seventh season

Notable: Foster scored a season-high 17 points and had six rebounds for Utah in its Game 3 win over Chicago in the 1997 NBA Finals.

Where are they now: Assistant coach with the Milwaukee Bucks, joining the staff in July 2014.

Jeff Hornacek

Shooting guard

1996-97 averages: 14.5 points, 4.4 assists, 2.9 rebounds, 1.5 steals

Pro experience in 1996-97: 11th season

Notable: The team’s second-leading scorer during the 1996-97 regular season, Hornacek was third in the NBA in free-throw percentage that year, hitting 293 of 326 (89.9 percent).

Where are they now: First-year head coach of the New York Knicks, previously head coach of the Phoenix Suns from 2013-16 and a Jazz assistant from 2011-13.

Memories from the 1996-97 season: “You sometimes take it for granted how hard it is. We had great players in John and Karl, and every guy accepted their role that they could do to help our team win.”

Stephen Howard

Small forward

1996-97 averages: 3.6 points, 1.8 rebounds, 0.3 steals with Jazz (also played for San Antonio)

Pro experience in 1996-97: Fifth season (two in international leagues)

Notable: Howard joined the Jazz that year signing two 10-day contracts, then signed a contract for the remainder of the year on Feb. 3, 1997, according to basketball-reference.com.

Where are they now: ESPN college basketball analyst and motivational speaker.

Memories from the 1996-97 season: “It was an amazing shot. It was an amazing moment, and it was just that thing that just finally gets you over the hump," on John Stockton's game-winning 3-pointer vs. Houston in the Western Conference Finals.

Adam Keefe

Center/power forward

1996-97 averages: 3.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 0.5 assists and steals

Pro experience in 1996-97: Fifth season

Notable: Keefe, a key big-man reserve, had one double-double during the 1996-97 season, with 11 points and 12 rebounds in a Nov. 25, 1996, win over New Jersey.

Where are they now: Lives in Los Angeles and works for Morgan Stanley.

Memories from the 1996-97 season: “The team really liked each other. We got along well on the court and off the court. I think it kind of showed in the way we played.”

Karl Malone

Power forward

1996-97 averages: 27.4 points, 9.9 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.4 steals, 0.6 blocks

Pro experience in 1996-97: 12th season

Notable: Malone won his first of two NBA MVP awards in 1997 and led the league in two-point field goals (864), free throws (521), free-throw attempts (690), player efficiency rating (28.9) and box plus/minus (8.5) that season. He was also second in the NBA in scoring.

Where are they now: Lives in his hometown of Ruston, Louisiana, where he has most recently been instrumental in helping develop a housing project for the underprivileged.

Chris Morris

Small forward/shooting guard

1996-97 averages: 4.3 points, 2.2 rebounds, 0.6 assists

Pro experience in 1996-97: Ninth season

Notable: Morris had his best postseason game in 1997 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals, with 11 points, three 3-pointers, two rebounds, a steal and a block in the 90-88 loss to the Bulls.

Where are they now: Lives in Sugar Land, Texas, where he works as a youth corrections officer.

Memories from the 1996-97 season: “Being around guys who were like family, that taught me a lot. It made me more of a man when I got here because of the way they were putting in the work.”

Greg Ostertag

Center

1996-97 averages: 7.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.0 blocks

Pro experience in 1996-97: Second season

Notable: Ostertag’s 7.3 points per game in 1996-97 was a career high and his nine blocks in a series-clinching win over the L.A. Lakers in Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals was a career postseason single-game best.

Where are they now: Lives on a farm in Mount Vernon, Texas, where he raises a variety of animals.

Memories from the 1996-97 season: “That was a lot of fun to be a part of this team because we just went out and just beat people physically and mentally just by out-executing them, out-working them, stuff like that. That’s the kind of team we were.”

Bryon Russell

Small forward/shooting guard

1996-97 averages: 10.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, 1.6 steals, 1.5 assists

Pro experience in 1996-97: Fourth season

Notable: In Russell’s first season as a full-time starter, he upped his scoring average in the playoffs to 12.3 points per game. He had back-to-back games of 29 and 22 points to help the Jazz eliminate the Lakers.

Where are they now: Lives in California with his wife and kids.

Memories from the 1996-97 season: “It just let other people know that the Jazz, they’re here,” on reaching the NBA Finals.

John Stockton

Point guard

1996-97 averages: 14.4 points, 10.5 assists, 2.8 rebounds, 2.0 steals

Pro experience in 1996-97: 13th season

Notable: Stockton, whose game-winning 3-pointer in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals against Houston sent the Jazz to the 1997 NBA Finals, had his ninth straight All-Star season in 1996-97 and his 10th straight season averaging double-digit assists. He was also eight in player efficiency rating (22.1) in the NBA that year.

Where are they now: Lives in his hometown of Spokane, Washington. He served as an assistant coach for the Montana State women’s basketball team during the 2015-2016 season.

Memories from the 1996-97 season: “Bryon Russell read my cut perfectly, Karl set a thunderous screen over there and I had a really good, long look at a 3-point shot to win it,” on the game-winning shot against Houston to send the team to the NBA Finals.

Other Jazz players in 1996-97

RUBEN NEMBHARD

Shooting guard

1996-97 averages: 4.0 points, 1.5 assists, 1.0 rebounds with Jazz (also played for Portland)

Pro experience in 1996-97: First season

Notable: The Weber State product signed two 10-days contracts with the Jazz in January and played in eight games that season.

BROOKS THOMPSON

Point guard

1996-97 averages: 0.0 points, 0.5 assists with Jazz (also played for Denver)

Pro experience in 1996-97: Third season

Notable: Thompson played in two early-season games before being waived by the Jazz on Nov. 15, 1996. He died last year, on June 9, 2016, at the age of 45. Thompson was the former UTSA men’s basketball coach.

JAMIE WATSON

Small forward

1996-97 averages: 2.5 points, 1.4 rebounds, 0.8 assists and steals with Jazz (also played for Dallas)

Pro experience in 1996-97: Third season

Notable: Watson played in 13 games for the Jazz that season before being waived in early March 1997.