The 1988-89 season is rapidly approaching for the Utah Jazz. The question right now is what will the line-up for the coming season look like for the Utah team. Following is a list of candidates that are in the running for the top 12 jobs and a brief history of their basketball careers.
Thurl Bailey, No. 41, forward, 6-11, 232, North Carolina State, 27, sixth year - Bailey had clearly his best pro season in 1988-89 when he averaged 19.6 points and 6.5 rebounds . . . Coming off the bench, he played at least 40 minutes in 13 games and at least 30 minutes in 65 games . . . With Mark Eaton and Bobby Hansen, he's played on every playoff team in Jazz history; and each of those five years, Bailey's production has improved in the playoffs over the regular season - he averaged 23.2 points in 11 playoff games last spring . . . Bailey has missed only four games in five years because of injuries, playing all 82 last season.Mike Brown, No. 40, forward-center, 6-10, 260, George Washington, 25, third year - Brown was officially acquired from Charlotte in a trade for Kelly Tripucka in June. The Hornets took him from Chicago in the expansion draft to make the Tripucka deal possible . . . Brown was Chicago's starting center for a 27-game stretch in the middle of last season and ended up averaging 4.3 points and 3.5 rebounds for 46 games . . . As a junior at George Washington, he averaged 19.6 points and 12.1 rebounds and was drafted by the Bulls the following year, but elected to spend his first pro season in Italy . . . Brown played impressively this summer in the Jazz's rookie camp and Utah Pro-Am Summer League, raising hopes that he will become an important two-position reserve this season.
Billy Donovan, No. 31, guard, 5-11, 175, Providence, 23, second year - Donovan stayed with the Jazz through the exhibition schedule last fall before he and Eddie Hughes were waived as the Jazz reached the 12-player limit. He signed with New York Dec. 11 and played 44 games as the backup to NBA Rookie of the Year Mark Jackson . . . He averaged 2.4 points, with a high game of 14 . . . As a senior at Providence, he led Coach Rick Pitino's team to the NCAA Final Four, averaging 20.6 points and 7.1 assists.
Mark Eaton, No. 53, center, 7-4, 290, UCLA, 31, seventh year - Eaton won his fourth NBA shotblocking title in five years, while breaking a Utah-era record for rebounds in a game with 25 against Denver last November . . . He was effective at both ends of the court during the playoffs when he averaged 42 minutes, 7.7 points and 9.4 rebounds a game and shot almost 48 percent from the field . . . With six blocked shots this season, Eaton will tie George Johnson for third place on the NBA's all-time list . . . Eaton was the 72nd player taken in the 1982 NBA draft; by the end of the 1987 season, only 24 players who went ahead of him were still in the league . . . He is the Jazz's player representative for union matters.
Ricky Grace, No. 14, guard, 6-11/2, 175, Oklahoma, 22, rookie - The Jazz's third-round draft choice, Grace followed Atlanta's Soud Webb in high school (Dallas) and junior college (Midland, Texas) before going to Oklahoma . . . He averaged 14.3 points and 7.4 assists for the Sooners, who lost to Big 8 rival Kansas in the NCAA championship game . . . A left-hander, Grace inherits former Jazz guard Rickey Green's jersey number and will compete with Billy Donovan and Eddie Hughes for the job of backing up John Stockton.
Darrell Griffith, No. 35, guard, 6-4, 195, Louisville, 30, ninth year - Griffith's last appearance of the 1987-88 season came March 5 against San Antonio; after that, he was sidelined for the season and had knee surgery March 23 . . . He averaged 11.3 points and about 43 percent from the field in 52 games in his least productive pro season, but hopes to bounce back from the injury and resume his shooting and scoring role again. No doubt, his comeback will tell a lot about the Jazz's chances to win the Midwest Division . . . Griffith joined the Jazz for their second season in Salt Lake City; this is No. 10 for the franchise in Utah.
Bobby Hansen, No. 20, guard, 6-6, 195, Iowa, 27, sixth year - Hansen started 21 games in one stretch last season, but spent the next two months coming off the bench before Kelly Tripucka and Darrell Griffith were injured. He responded to starting again by immediately being named the NBA Player of the Week and finished the season strong, averaging 15.4 points in the playoffs . . . Because of limited activity in the middle of the season, his regular-season scoring average was only 9.6, but he shot almost 52 percent from the field and continued to play solid defense - especially against Magic Johnson in the Jazz-Lakers playoff series . . . Two Hansen-organized benefit games in Iowa have raised more than $100,000 for college scholarships for children of farmers.
Eddie Hughes, No. 25, guard, 5-10, 164, Colorado State, 28, second year - Hughes finally reached the NBA last March when he was signed to replace the injured Darrell Griffith. He'd lasted with the Jazz through the exhibition schedule the past two training camps, but failed to make the opening-day roster . . . He scored a total of 17 points in 11 regular-season games and also appeared in seven playoff games last season . . . He spent the summer with Chicago in the World Basketball League (for players 6-5 and under) and is back to compete with Billy Donovan and Ricky Grace for a job.
Marc Iavaroni, No. 43, forward, 6-10, 225, Virginia, 32, seventh year - Iavaroni was the starting small forward in every game as the Jazz went 28-13 in the second half of last season, and continued that role through the playoffs . . . He averaged 4.5 points and 3.3 rebounds, appearing in 81 games . . . Having played three seasons in Italy, he entered the NBA with Philadelphia and helped the 76ers to the 1982-83 NBA championship. Traded to San Antonio, he later came to the Jazz in a February 1986 trade . . . His teams have reached the playoffs every year.
Bart Kofoed, No. 11, guard, 6-5, 205, Kearney State, 24, second year _ Kofoed suffered a stress fracture in this foot during the early moments of the first game in the Utah Pro-Am Summer League in August and will miss most or all of training camp . . . Ironically, he had the same injury during camp last fall and wasunable to make his official NBA debut until Jan. 2 . . . he appeared in 36 regular-season games and 10 of the 11 playoff games, emerging as Bobby Hansen's chiefbackup late in the season . . . Kofoed signed a two-year contract this summer.
Eric Leckner, No. 45, center, 6-11, 265, Wyoming, 22, rookie _ The No. 17 choice in the first round of the NBA draft, Leckner averaged 15.4 points and 6.6 rebounds as a Wyoming senior . . . The Jazz coaches like his soft hands and good shooting ability and are anxious to see how he develops over the next few seasonsin adjusting to the NBA . . . Leckner played in every game for four seasons at Wyoming and the Cowboys were 89-42 . . . Leckner helped himself by signing with the Jazz in time for rookie camp and the Utah Pro-Am Summer League and by coming town before the start of training camp.
Karl Malone, No. 32, forward, 6-9, 256, Louisana Tech, 25, fourth year _ The Mailman really exploded in his third NBA season, averaging 27.7 points and 12.0 rebounds and leading the West in scoring in the NBA All-Star Game in Chicago with 22 points . . . He was twice named the NBA Player of the Week and extended his string of consecutive games started to 211, and for the third straight season, his scoring and rebounding increased in the second half of the year . . . He was a second-team forward on the official All-NBA team and was also a second-team choice on the All-Defensive team, a tribute to his quick hands and relentless rebounding . . . Malone averaged 29. 7 points during the playoffs, rededicating himself after a poor first game.
Jeff Moe, No. 30, guard, 6-3, 195, Iowa, 1G22, rookie _ The Jazz's second-round draft choice, Moe can play either guard position but will probably see most of his action at off guard during training camp with Bart Kofoed injured . . . Moe averaged 12.9 points as a senior; his best game as a Hawkeye junior was against BYU, with 28 points . . . Drawing comparisons to Bobby Hansen for his aggressiveness and hustle, Moe wore Hansen's No. 20 in college . . . His stock improved after his performance in the annual NBA pre-draft camp in Chicago.
Jose Ortiz, No. 44, forward, 6-10, 225, Oregon State, 24, rookie _ The No. 15 choice in the 1987 NBA draft, Ortiz spent the 1987-88 season in Spain and stayed eligible to play for his native Puerto Rico in the 1988 Olympics. He signed with the Jazz Sept. 1, not long before going to Seoul . . . Ortiz was the Pac-10 Player of the Year as an Oregon State senior, averaging 22.3 points and 8.7 rebounds . . . He'll turn 25 Oct. 25 . . . An arrangement that sent former Jazz center Mel Turpin to the professional team in Zaragoza, Spain, freed Ortiz from the remaining three years on his contract . . . Ortiz wore No. 4 in college and during the Olympics, but will take No. 44 with the Jazz because No. 4 was assigned to Marty Simmons during rookie-free agent camp.
Scott Roth, No. 33, forward, 6-8, 212, Wisconsin, 25, second year _ Having spent two pro seasons in Turkey, Roth was with Albany of the CBA last February when the Jazz signed him. He appeared in 26 regular-season games, averaging 3.2 points _ and his three-pointer with one second left at Seattle April 22 clinched the Jazz's best record ever . . . Originally drafted by San Antonio in 1985, Roth's first NBA appearance came March 1 in the Salt Palace against Houston . . . He'll get a look at guard during training camp, with the Jazz a little shorthanded behind starter Bobby Hansen.
Ron Rowan, No. 22, guard, 6-5, 200, St. John's, 25, second year _ Rowan was drafted in the third round in 1986 by Philadelphia and cut prior to the season . . . He spent most of the 1986-87 season with the Topeka Sizzlers and was a CBA All-Star. He signed with Portland in March 1987 and appeared in seven games . . . Rowan was cut by Portland before last season and returned to Topeka, playing in 25 games and averaging 15 points . . . Considered one of the best free-throw shooters in basketball, Rowan played two years at Notre Dame and two years at St. John's.
Marty Simmons, guard-forward, 6-51/2, 230, Evansville, 23, rookie _ An invitee to the Jazz's rookie-free agent camp, Simmons averaged 25.9 points as a senior at Evansville. He played two seasons for the Purple Aces after spending two years _ and starting 26 of 31 games as a freshman _ at Indiana . . . Simmons worked on a graduate degree last year while completing his athletic eligibility . . . He'll have a battle with Jeff Moe, an Indiana native, for a possible roster spot.
John Stockton, guard, 6-1, 175, Gonzaga, 26, fourth year _ Stockton became the talk of the NBA last season when he broke Isiah Thomas' season assists record and tied a single-game NBA playoff assists record with 24 against the Lakers on the road . . . He also averaged 14.7 points and shot an amazing 57 percent from the field . . . Stockton joined Malone on the official All-NBA second team and will be a strong candidate to make his first All-Star Game appearance in Houston this year . . . He was voted the Jazz's Most Valuable Player by his teammates . . . Stockton has played in every regular-season and playoff game for all four of his NBA years.