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Top Ten Utah Jazz of All-Time

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The 2010/11 NBA season might be upon us, but we’re still living in the past at The Hoops Manifesto.  We’ve gathered together a stellar collection of Bloguin basketball writers to determine the top ten players all-time for each of the 30 NBA franchises.  Next up: the New Orleans/Utah Jazz

Voting panel: Jeff Fox from The Hoops Manifesto, College Wolf from the TWolves Blog, Don from With Malice and Philip from Orlando Magic Daily.

10) Thurl Bailey – Utah Jazz – 1983 – 1991, 1998 – 1999

Jazz accomplishments:

- NBA leader in games played in 1988/89, 1989/90, 1990/91 & 1991/92
- NBA All-Rookie Team

“The “third wheel” of the powerhouse late 80s-early 90s Jazz, Thurl Bailey was a sixth man extraordinaire, good for 20 points and six boards a night off the bench.” – Jeff Fox

9) Carlos Boozer – Utah Jazz – 2004 – 2010

Jazz accomplishments:

- two-time NBA All-Star
- one-time All-NBA selection

“Carlos Boozer never sticks around with a team for too long, but while he was with the Jazz he formed a dynamic duo with Deron Williams, supplying the team with 20 & 10 a night.” – Jeff Fox

8) Andrei Kirilenko – Utah Jazz – 2001 – present

Jazz accomplishments:

- NBA leader in blocks in 2005/06
- NBA leader in blocks per game in 2004/05
- one-time NBA All-Star
- NBA All-Rookie Team
- three-time NBA All-Defensive Team selection

“At this point he seems to be five years past his prime, but back in the day AK47 was one of the best – and most unique – defenders in the NBA.” – Jeff Fox

7) Jeff Hornacek – Utah Jazz – 1994 – 2000

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Jazz accomplishments:

- jersey number (14) retired by the franchise

“He’ll always be a Phoenix Suns in my eyes, but it’s in Salt Lake City that his jersey number hangs from the rafters.” – Jeff Fox

6) Deron Williams – Utah Jazz – 2005 – present

Jazz accomplishments:

- eighth all-time in assists per game in NBA history
- NBA leader in games played in 2007/08
- one-time NBA All-Star
- NBA All-Rookie Team
- two-time All-NBA selection

“He should be top three on this list once all is said and done, Deron Williams looks to continue his battle for “top point guard in the NBA” honors for years to come.” – Jeff Fox  

5) Mark Eaton – Utah Jazz – 1982 – 1993

Jazz accomplishments:

- jersey number (53) retired by the franchise
- franchise all-time leader in blocks
- fourth all-time in blocks in NBA history
- all-time leader in blocks per game in NBA history
- NBA leader in games played in 1983/84, 1984/85, 1988/89 & 1989/90
- NBA leader in defensive rebounds in 1984/85
- NBA leader in blocks in 1983/84, 1984/85, 1986/87 & 1987/88
- NBA leader in blocks per game in 1983/84, 1984/85, 1986/87 & 1987/88
- one-time NBA All-Star
- two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year
- five-time NBA All-Defensive Team selection

“The 7-foot-4 center was a shot-blocking maniac for the Jazz throughout the 1980s. He never really scored a ton of points, but when is another player going to average nearly six blocks per game in a season?” – Philip

“One of the most (if not THE most) physically intimidating player to ever compete on the hardwood.  When is the last time you went up against at 7’4″ 275lb dude that looked like a lumberjack?  That’s what I thought.” – Jeff Fox

4) Pete Maravich – New Orleans/Utah Jazz – 1974 – 1980

Jazz accomplishments:

- basketball Hall of Fame
- jersey number (7) retired by the franchise
- NBA leader in field goal attempts in 1976/77
- NBA leader in free throws made in 1976/77
- NBA leader in points in 1976/77
- NBA leader in minutes per game in 1976/77
- NBA leader in points per game in 1976/77
- three-time NBA All-Star
- three-time All-NBA selection

“After breaking into the NBA in his first four years in Atlanta, Maravich continued being a scoring phenomenon as he was in college. He led the league in scoring with 31.1 points per game in 1976 while the Jazz were still in New Orleans. Injuries eventually cut his career short and he never got to shine in Salt Lake City.” – Philip

3) Adrian Dantley – Utah Jazz – 1979 – 1986

Jazz accomplishments:

- basketball Hall of Fame
- jersey number (4) retired by the franchise
- sixth all-time in free throws made in NBA history
- tenth all-time in free throws attempted in NBA history
- NBA leader in minutes played in 1980/81
- NBA leader in field goals made in 1980/81
- NBA leader in free throws made in 1980/81, 1981/82, 1983/84 & 1985/86
- NBA leader in free throws attempted in 1983/84 & 1985/86
- NBA leader in points in 1980/81 & 1983/84
- NBA leader in minutes per game in 1980/81
- NBA leader in points per game in 1980/81 & 1983/84
- six-time NBA All-Star
- two-time All-NBA selection

“Dantley never averaged fewer than 25 points per game in seven years with Utah. Very difficult to find a player who sustained that kind of offensive success over an extended period of time for any team. His lack of playoff appearances – just two with Utah – probably leave him hidden to a lot of NBA fans.” – Philip

2) John Stockton – Utah Jazz – 1984 – 2003

Jazz accomplishments:

- basketball Hall of Fame
- jersey number (12) retired by the franchise
- franchise all-time leader in games, three-pointers (made & attempted), assists & steals
- third all-time in games played in NBA history
- fifth all-time in minutes played in NBA history
- all-time leader in assists in NBA history
- all-time leader in steals in NBA history
- second all-time in assists per game in NBA history
- sixth all-time in steals per game in NBA history
- NBA leader in games played in 1984/85, 1986/87, 1988/89, 1990/91, 1993/94, 1994/95 & 1998/99
- NBA leader in assists in 1987/88, 1988/89, 1989/90, 1990/91, 1991/92, 1992/93, 1993/94, 1994/95 & 1995/96
- NBA leader in steals in 1988/89 & 1991/92
- NBA leader in assists per game in 1987/88, 1988/89, 1989/90, 1990/91, 1991/92, 1992/93, 1993/94, 1994/95 & 1995/96
- NBA leader in steals per game in 1988/89 & 1991/92
- 10-time NBA All-Star
- 11-time All-NBA selection
- five-time NBA All-Defensive Team selection

“It is hard to argue that those Jazz teams would be so consistently good if not for John Stockton. The NBA’s all-time assist leader was an assassin in the pick and roll. He could easily pull up for jumpers and hit tough shots (think Game 6 against Houston in 1997) or easily drop the ball off to Malone rolling to the basket. Stockton and Malone are hard to separate because their careers intertwined so much, but Stockton really made a lot of players around him that much better.” – Philip

“Look at that list of accomplishments above – impressive to be sure.  But what is more impressive is John Stockton accomplished all that without once breaking a sweat.” – Jeff Fox

1) Karl Malone – Utah Jazz – 1985 – 2003

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Jazz accomplishments:

- basketball Hall of Fame
- jersey number (32) retired by the franchise
- franchise all-time leader in minutes, field goals (made & attempted), free throws (made & attempted), rebounds (offensive, defensive & total) & points
- fourth all-time in games played in NBA history
- second all-time in minutes played in NBA history
- second all-time in field goals (made & attempted)
- all-time leader in free throws (made & attempted) in NBA history
- all-time leader in defensive rebounds in NBA history
- tenth all-time in steals in NBA history
- second all-time in points in NBA history
- NBA leader in games played in 1986/87, 1989/90, 1990/91, 1993/94 & 1994/95
- NBA leader in free throws made in 1988/89, 1989/90, 1990/91, 1991/92, 1992/93, 1996/97, 1997/98 & 1998/99
- NBA leader in free throws attempted in 1988/89, 1989/90, 1990/91, 1991/92, 1992/93, 1996/97 & 1997/98
- NBA leader in defensive rebounds in 1990/91 & 1994/95
- two-time NBA MVP
- 14-time NBA All-Star
- NBA All-Rookie Team
- four-time NBA All-Defensive Team selection
- 14-time All-NBA selection

“The Mailman delivered in so many ways for the Jazz throughout the years. While he never won them a title, he retired as perhaps the greatest power forward in league history (virtually defining the role of a jump-shooting big man with a post game) and as second on the league’s all-time scoring list.” – Philip

Previous franchises done: Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Golden State, Houston, Indiana, Clippers, Lakers, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Orleans, New York, Oklahoma City/Seattle, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Sacramento, San Antonio, Toronto.

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