TOM SMART, Deseret News

With the Jazz starting the 2012-13 NBA season with a few new faces, it's time to look at the best players to don a Jazz uniform. This order of the list is based on Deseret News analysis and looks at how good the players were while they were playing for the Jazz.

30 Henry Bibby

With team: 1975-76

PPG with Jazz: 9.2

Bibby wasn't especially great at anything in particular, but he was a hard-nosed point guard who shot 42 percent from the field for the Jazz early in the team's existence in New Orleans.

29 David Benoit

With team: 1991-96; 2000-01

PPG with Jazz: 7.6

It's true that Benoit shot the Jazz out of game 5 of the 1994 playoffs against the Houston Rockets, but he gave the Jazz a lot during his time in Utah. Only five Jazz players made more 3-pointers than he did with the team.

28 Ron Boone
Nick Ut, AP

With team: 1979-81

PPG with Jazz: 10.8

Boone played with the Jazz when the team was still fairly new.

Boone has been broadcasting with the Jazz for the last 15 years.

27 Nate Williams
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With team: 1975-78

PPG with Jazz: 12.3

Williams provided the Jazz with a scoring threat and averaged a double-double in three of his four seasons with the Jazz. He was with the Jazz during the team's first year in the league.

26 Tyrone Corbin
Gary G. McKellar, Deseret News

With team: 1991-94

PPG with Jazz: 10.3

The Jazz had to give up long-time veteran Thurl Bailey to get Corbin but he would prove to be a valuable asset in Utah as he was a good scorer.

25 Antoine Carr

With team: 1994-98

PPG with Jazz: 7.5

Carr, also known as the Big Dawg, provided the Jazz with some consistent points from the bench, in addition to his good rebounding and defense. Carr was a key part of the Jazz teams that went to the finals in consecutive seasons.

24 Tom Chambers

With team: 1993-95

PPG with Jazz: 8.7

Chambers was an All-Star before he joined the Jazz. Even though he didn't make the All-Star team during his two seasons in Utah, he gave the Jazz another scorer. He was also a good rebounder and defender.

23 Andrei Kirilenko
Michael Brandy, Deseret News

With team: 2001-11

PPG with Jazz: 12.7

During his time with the Jazz, Kirilenko filled the stat sheet. He averaged 2.0 blocks, 5.6 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game in Utah. His play would earn him a big contract with the Jazz but he would later struggle to stay healthy.

22 Donyell Marshall
CHUCK WING, Deseret News

With team: 2000-02

PPG with Jazz: 14.1

Marshall was only with the Jazz for two seasons, but he was great rebounder and a good second scorer.

21 Matt Harpring
Stuart Johnson, Deseret News

With team: 2002-09

PPG with Jazz: 11.3

Harpring fit in well with the Jazz system due to his good work ethic and intelligence. He gave the Jazz rebounding, scoring and tough defense.

20 Bryon Russell
CHUCK WING, Deseret News

With team: 1993-02

PPG with Jazz: 9.2

Russell provided some scoring at the small forward position for the Jazz during many of the Stockton and Malone years, including the team's two appearances in the NBA Finals. He shot 43.1 percent from deep for his career and averaged 14.1 points per game in the 1999-00 season.

19 Mehmet Okur
Steve C Wilson, AP

With team: 2004-2011

PPG with Jazz: 12.9

The former Jazz big presented problems for opposing defenses with his good outside shooting and height. These traits allowed the Jazz to stretch opposing defenses and create some space. Okur was also a good rebounder.

18 Aaron James

With team: 1974-79

PPG with Jazz: 10.8

Though James wasn't the most consistent player to don a Jazz uniform, he was a key component of some of the good Jazz teams in the late 1970s.

17 Rich Kelley
Nick Ut, AP

With team: 1974-79; 1982-85

PPG with Jazz: 8.1

Kelley wasn't much of a scorer for the Jazz but his defense and rebounding really helped the team. He ranks 4th on the Jazz's all-time list in rebounds and 7th in blocks.

16 Gail Goodrich

With team: 1976-79

PPG with Jazz: 14.2

Goodrich was on the Lakers before signing with the Jazz as a free agent. He teamed up with Pete Maravich in the back court to help the Jazz score and make plays.

15 Paul Millsap
Tom Smart, Deseret News

With team: 2006-present

PPG with Jazz: 12.1

During his rookie season, Millsap made a strong run for rookie of the year, but the award would ultimately go to Brandon Roy. Millsap led led all rookies with six double-doubles.

Jazz fans have always liked Millsap due in large part to his hard work and hussel on the court. For years, Millsap gave the Jazz a spark from the bench, but since assuming the starting role with the team, he's been averaging just under 17 points and more than eight rebounds per game.

14 Len Robinson

With team: 1977-79

PPG with Jazz: 23.2

Scoring 23 points per game is pretty good, but Robinson was able to do that while leading the league in rebounding as well. In fact, he's the Only Jazz player ever to lead the league in rebounding.

13 Carlos Boozer
Stuart Johnson, Deseret News

With team: 2004-10

PPG with Jazz: 17.8

Boozer could rebound and score for the Jazz. In a 2007 playoff game against the Houston Rockets, he went off, scoring 41 points, tying a career-high from a game a month earlier against the Wizards.

He was also an All-Star for the Jazz in 2007 and 2008.

12 Jeff Hornacek

With team: 1994-2000

PPG with Jazz: 14.4

Hornacek was a member of the Jazz teams that went to the finals in consecutive seasons in 1997 and 1998. He was a good third option for the Jazz, playing alongside John Stockton and Karl Malone.

Hornacek was also one of the best free throw shooters in the NBA. His career percentage from the line is 87.7 percent. His stellar shooting extended behind the 3-point line as well. He won two 3-point shooting contests.

11 John Drew
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With team: 1982-85

PPG with Jazz: 18.5

Drew brought some much-needed scoring to the Jazz. During his first season in Utah, he averaged 21 points a game.

10 Rickey Green
DON GRAYSTON, Deseret News

With team: 1980-88

PPG with Jazz: 11.4

Though Green only went to one All-Star game during his time with the Jazz, he was the first All-Star point guard for the Jazz and led the team for years in career assists, steals and games played.

9 Thurl Bailey
Gary McKellar, Deseret News Archives

With team: 1983-92; 1999-2000

PPG with Jazz: 13.1

During his final season with the Jazz, Bailey didn't do a whole lot for the team, but in the 80s he was a big part of the team. He helped the Jazz make it to the playoffs for the first time and contributed to other good Jazz teams in the 80s.

8 Jeff Malone

With team: 1991-94

PPG with Jazz: 18.5

The Jazz needed a good second scorer behind Karl Malone. For a few seasons, Jeff Malone did that for the Jazz before being traded to Philadelphia for Jeff Hornacek.

7 Darrell Griffith

With team: 1980-1991

PPG with Jazz: 16.2

Griffith was selected as the No. 2 overall pick in the 1980 NBA Draft. He would go on to win the Rookie of the Year award.

Nick named Dr. Dunkenstein, he was one of the best scorers in Jazz history, averaging more than 20 points a game in five different seasons.

6 Mark Eaton

With team: 1982-94

PPG with Jazz: 6.0

Eaton wasn't known for his scoring, but more for his defense. He was named the Defensive Player of the Year in 1985 and 1989, went to the All-Star game in 1989 and holds the record for most blocks in a season with 456 and career average blocks per game at 3.5.

He played his entire NBA career with the Jazz and is known as one of the best Defensive centers in NBA history.

5 Pete Maravich

With team: 1974-80

PPG with Jazz: 25.2

Pistol Pete joined the New Orleans Jazz in the team's expansion season of 1974. Maravich had an exciting style of play that got fans excited about basketball in New Orleans. He was a sensational scorer throughout his career and led the league in scoring in the 1976-77 season, averaging 31.1 points per contest.

During that season, he scored 68 points against the Knicks and 40 points in 13 different games.

4 Adrian Dantley

With team: 1979-86

PPG with Jazz: 29.6

Dantley peaked while playing in Utah and earned a reputation as a prolific scorer, as he led the NBA in scoring in 1981 and 1984. He averaged more than 30 points per game in each season from 1981-84 before tearing ligaments in his wrists.

3 Deron Williams
Mike Terry, Deseret News

With team: 2005-11

PPG with Jazz: 17.6

When Williams came to Utah, the franchise was rebuilding after the Stockton and Malone years and needed some help. He got the fans excited again and took the Jazz to the playoffs again. Williams is a three-time All-Star. He has averaged 9.2 assists per game during his career.

Even though Williams was traded in the middle of his sixth season with the Jazz, he is definitely one of the best players to put on a Jazz uniform.

2 Karl Malone
Jason Olson, Deseret News

With team: 1985-03

PPG with Jazz: 25.4

It's difficult to say whether Malone or Stockton were better than one another because neither player would've been as good without the other. For this purpose, they're tied as the best players ever to play for the Jazz.

Malone was named the league's MVP in 1997 and 1999, is second all-time in scoring with 36,298 points and he was selected to the All-Star team 14 times in his career.

He's regarded as one of the greatest power forwards ever and one of the best players ever without a championship.

Malone was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010.

1 John Stockton
CHUCK WING, Deseret News

With team: 1984-03

PPG with Jazz: 13.1

Stockton leads the NBA in career assists with 15,806, 4,000 more than the next player and averaged 10.5 assists per game throughout his career. He also holds the record for most steals in a career with 3.265.

He appeared in 10 All-Star games and was the co-MVP in the 1993 All-Star game with teammate Karl Malone. Stockton is widely said to be one of the best players ever to have never won a championship and is arguably the best pure point guard in the history of the game. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009.

One of the many things Jazz fans will remember him for was his 3-pointer against Houston that sent the Jazz to the NBA Finals for the first time.

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