The Jazz franchise has been around for 40 years, and plenty of great players during that time have come and gone. Utah has had numerous All-Stars, All-NBA players and even an MVP.

Career honors are plentiful in Jazz history as well. Utah boasts seven Hall of Famers and three players named to the NBA's official 50 greatest players of all-time list released on the NBA's 50th anniversary in 1996.

While that list concerned the entire NBA, this list is composed of the best 25 players that the Jazz have ever had.

Note: Even though the current version of the Jazz has a ton of young potential, none of Utah's current players has done enough to deserve inclusion. Since this is a list of the best players in Jazz history, no other part of their career was considered while deciding where each player ranks.

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Aaron James
Bert Steel, The Times-Picayune archive

James spent his entire NBA career as a member of the Jazz.

James averaged double figures in scoring in four of his five seasons to go along with more than four rebounds a night.

Those are pretty impressive numbers when you consider that James only played 21 minutes a game.

Bryon Russell

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.

Rich Kelley
Don Grayston, Deseret News

Kelley had two different stints with the Jazz. The first four years came while the Jazz were in New Orléans, with the last three after they had moved to Utah.

In his seven years as a Jazz man, Kelley averaged 8.1 points and eight rebounds a game. His best season came in 1978-79, when Kelley averaged 15.7 points, 12.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.1 steals a game.

Jim McElroy
Associated Press

McElroy was a member of the Jazz from 1976 to 1979 and was a big part of the team for all four of his seasons.

Like Kelley, McElroy’s best season came in 1978-79, when he averaged 16.9 points, 2.7 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 1.9 steals a game.

Donyell Marshall
Chuck Wing, Deseret News

Marshall only spent two seasons in Utah but had enough of an impact to make the top 25.

Marshall shot more than 50 percent from the field in both of his seasons, as well as averaging 14.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Marshall’s best season was his second in Utah, when he averaged 14.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.2 blocks a game.

Matt Harpring

Harpring spent seven seasons with the Jazz from 2003 to 2009 and was known for his solid mid-range jumper.

In 474 games in Utah, Harpring averaged 11.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists a night. Harpring’s best year came in 2002-03, when he averaged 17.6 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists while shooting better than 41 percent from behind the 3-point line.

Gail Goodrich
Associated Press

Goodrich spent his last three seasons in the NBA as a member of the Jazz after being signed as a free agent in 1976. Although his best years were behind him, Goodrich was still solid for the franchise.

In his 182 games as a Jazz man, Goodrich averaged 14.2 points, 2.3 rebounds and 4.5 assists a game.

John Drew

Drew played for the Jazz from 1982-1985, which were his last three seasons in the league.

Drew only played 144 games in Utah at the end of his career but was still a great scorer. He averaged 18.5 points to go along with 4.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists.

Not bad when you consider that Drew only played 24 minutes a game.

Al Jefferson

Many Jazz fans have very strong opinions about Jefferson’s ability as a player, but one thing is undeniable: Jefferson was a great scorer.

“Big Al” spent three years with the Jazz and averaged 18.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, two assists and more than a block a game. His best season came in year his second in Utah, when Jefferson averaged 19.2 points, 9.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.7 blocks a game.

Thurl Bailey

Bailey spent 10 years playing for the Jazz and, though no longer playing on the court, is still with the organization today.

During his 708 games in Utah, Bailey averaged 14 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists while adding more than a block a game. Bailey’s best year came in 1987-88, when he averaged 19.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.5 blocks a game, while coming off the bench.

Jeff Malone
Tom Smart, Deseret News

Malone spent four seasons with the Jazz and found the bottom of the net early and often.

From 1990 to 1994, Malone averaged 18.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists, shooting better than 50 percent from the field. His best year came in 1991-92, when Malone averaged 20.2 points a night on 51 percent shooting.

Truck Robinson

Robinson only spent parts of two seasons as a member of the Jazz, but both were memorable.

In his only full season in New Orleans, Robinson led the league in minutes and rebounds; he averaged a whopping 15.7 boards per game. Robinson averaged 22.7 points a night, including 14 games of 30 or more and played in the All-Star game. There is no doubt that he deserves to be on this list.

Paul Millsap

Millsap was a second round pick and spent his first seven seasons in the NBA as a member of the Jazz.

Millsap is a tenacious rebounder and hard-nosed player who developed a very nice offensive game during his time in Utah.

For his career, Millsap averages 12.4 points and seven rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.1 steals a night. During his best season, 2010-11, Millsap averaged 17.3 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.4 steals while shooting better than 53 percent from the field.

Rickey Green

Green spent eight years as the Jazz point guard before John Stockton replaced him.

During his 606 games in Utah, Green averaged 11 points, 2.3 rebounds, 6.9 assists and 1.8 steals a game. His best season came in 1983-84, when Green averaged 13.2 points and 9.2 assists while leading the NBA with 2.7 steals a night and playing in the All-Star game.

That’s quite impressive when one considers that Green was playing in the CBA when the Jazz picked him up.

Mehmet Okur

“Memo” played seven seasons with the Jazz from 2004-11 and is most well-known for his clutch three-point shooting.

Okur had a career year in 2005-06, when he averaged 18 points, nine rebounds and 2.4 assists per night. he played in the All-Star game a year later.

For his career with the Jazz, Okur averaged 15.3 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists a night.

Darrell Griffith

"Dr. Dunkenstein" spent his entire NBA career as a member of the Utah Jazz after getting drafted with the second overall pick in the 1980 draft.

Griffith was a scoring machine in his first five seasons before a foot injury derailed his career.

For his career, Griffith averaged 16.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.2 steals a game for the Jazz.

Andrei Kirilenko

Kirilenko played 681 games over 10 seasons as a member of the Jazz and stuffed the stat sheet in just about every game.

Kirilenko was an All-Star in the 2003-04 season, when he averaged 16.5 points, 8.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.9 steals and 2.8 blocks a game. During his time as a Jazz man, Kirilenko finished in the top three in blocks per game three times, as well as placing fourth in the league in steals per game in 2003-04.

For his efforts, Kirilenko was All-Defensive first team once and second team twice.

Mark Eaton

A one-time All-Star, Eaton spent his entire 11-year NBA career as a member of the Utah Jazz and was a defensive presence from day one. Eaton led the NBA in blocks four times and still remains the NBA all-time leader in blocks per game.

For his efforts, Eaton won NBA Defensive Player of the Year on two occasions, while being named NBA All-Defensive first team three times and second team twice.

His best statistical season came in 1984-85, when Eaton averaged 9.7 points, 11.3 rebounds and an astronomical 5.6 blocks per game.

Jeff Hornacek

Hornacek spent six and a half seasons as a member of the Jazz and was a huge piece of Utah’s two NBA final’s runs.

Hornacek was a terrific shooter from every spot on the floor, just missing out on being a 50 percent, 40 percent and 90 percent player with the Jazz. While only shooting 10.4 shots a game in Utah, he still managed to average 14.4 points a game.

Hornacek was known for more than just his shooting, though. He averaged 2.8 rebounds, four assists and more than a steal a game.

Carlos Boozer

Although most Jazz fans were happy to see Boozer leave, he was an excellent player in his six seasons in Utah, as shown by the fact that he made two All-Star teams.

The oft-injured Boozer could really fill it up when he was healthy, averaging 19.3 points per game. Boozer was also a workhorse on the glass, averaging 10.5 rebounds a night.

Deron Williams

Williams spent six seasons with the Jazz after being drafted third overall in the 2005 draft. He became a permanent starter midway through his rookie season and never looked back.

Williams was a two-time All-Star while he suited up for Utah and finished in the top five in assists per game in five straight seasons.

For his Jazz career, Williams averaged 17.3 points to go along with 9.1 assists, 3.2 rebounds and more than a steal a game.

Pete Maravich

Maravich spent six years as a member of the Jazz and was always a fan favorite for his style and flair for the game.

During his 330 games in a Jazz uniform, Maravich averaged 25.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 5.6 assists a game, while being named to three straight All-Star games. “Pistol Pete” also led the NBA in scoring in 1976-77 as a member of the Jazz, when he averaged 31.1 points a game.

For his efforts with the Jazz (and Atlanta Hawks), Maravich was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987.

Adrian Dantley

Dantley played seven seasons with the Jazz from 1979-1986 and is still the all-time Jazz leader in points per game.

Dantley made it to six All-Star teams and was named All-NBA second team twice. He averaged more than 30 points a game for four straight seasons and l the entire NBA in scoring in two of those years. For his Jazz career, Dantley averaged 29.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.7 assists and more than a steal a game, while shooting better than 56 percent from the field.

Dantley was inducted in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.

John Stockton

Stockton spent his entire 19-year NBA career as a member of the Utah Jazz and left the game as its all-time leader in assists and steals.

A 10-time All-Star, Stockton led the NBA in assists per game for nine straight seasons while leading the league in steals per game twice.

Stockton landed on the All-Defensive second team five times and made All-NBA first, second or third team 11 times.

For his efforts as a member of the Jazz, Stockton was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.

Karl Malone

The choice between Malone and Stockton was a difficult one, but what tipped the scales in Malone’s favor were his two MVP awards.

Malone spent 18 seasons in a Jazz uniform and left as the second leading scorer in NBA history. While never leading the NBA in points per game, Malone finished in the top five for 13 consecutive seasons.

Malone was also very solid on the defensive end, being named to the All-Defensive first team three times as well as being named to the second team once.

By the end of his career, Malone had been named to the All-NBA first, second or third team 14 times to go along with being named to 14 All-Star teams. Malone was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.