Saturday, March 29, 2008

Best Jazz Players Of All-Time

1-Karl Malone: Malone was the MVP twice, he is the second leading scorer in NBA history, and he is arguably the greatest power forward ever. Plus he talks about himself in third person. Malone and Stockton led the Jazz to their only twi NBA finals’ appearances. Malone loved to hammer dunk it early in his career and later on in his career he developed an unstoppable 20 foot fade away jumper. Malone was an amazing defender as well. Also he was perhaps the most durable player in Jazz history. He missed more games due to suspensions than to injury.

1-John Stockton: How can you pick #1 between Stockton and Malone? I sure can’t. Stockton is the NBA’s all-time assists and steals leader and nobody will ever break his records. He helped make Utah one of the most consistently best teams in the 1990’s. He was also an outstanding defender. Most Jazz fans consider him to be the best point guard of all-time.

3-Adrian Dantley: Perhaps one of the most underrated stars of the NBA. He was a fantastic scorer. He shot 56% field goals for the Jazz and he even averaged more than 30 points a game for four seasons. He leads the Jazz all-time with his 29.6 point per game average.

4-Pete Maravich: Piston Pete Maravich was the Jazz first real star. He was a three-time all star and he was the first Jazz player to have his number retired. The only Jazz man in the Hall of Fame (but not for long.)

5-Mark Eaton: Mark Eaton was one of the tallest players to ever play for the Utah Jazz at a whopping 7 foot 4 inches. He set the record for blocks in a season for the NBA (456). Not much of a scorer but an amazing rebounder and defender.

6-Darrell Griffith: He was a great scorer for the Utah Jazz. He averaged over 20 points per game for five seasons. He was perhaps the best three point threat that the Jazz ever had. Nicknamed Dr. Dunkenstein.

7-Jeff Hornacek: Jeff Hornacek was acquired from Philadelphia for Jeff Malone. Hornacek was the best free-throw shooter and a great outside shooter as well. A great team player and role model.

8-Deron Williams - The best young point guard in the league. He was the main factor in the Jazz run to the Western Conference Finals last year. He just wants to win and he can single handedly take over the game when he needs to. An amazing scorer who could lead the NBA in scoring if he wanted to and a great passer plus a decent defender. Poses the best threat of anyone to move to #1 on the list and a pair of NBA titles would do just that.

9-Carlos Boozer - Williams and Boozer are like the new Stockton and Malone. Boozer is one of the best offensive players in the league and an amazing rebounder. He is very clutch and he is deadly with his left hand as well. The biggest knock against him is that he is not a very good defender. Could move up very high on this list as well with an NBA title or two.

10-Andrei Kirilenko: AK47 is one of the best all-around players in the league. His shot blocking and overall defense has made him into a great tool for Jerry Sloan. Kirilenko is also the first non center to lead the Jazz in shot blocking. Kirilenko can score when needed, he is a great free-throw shooter and is improving his 3-point shot.

Just missed the cut:
Jeff Malone
Thurl Bailey
Mehmet Okur
Rickey Green
Bryon Russell
David Benoit
Matt Harpring

Felton Spencer and Greg Ostertag (kidding!)

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