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History of the Utah Jazz

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1974–79: Early years in New Orleans with Pete Maravich[edit]

1979–84: First years in Utah[edit]

1984–2003: John Stockton And Karl Malone era[edit]

Jazz fans were not happy when the team picked an unknown guard in the first round of the 1984 NBA draft, John Stockton. The Jazz fans on hand for the draft party booed the selection.[1]

The 1984–85 season saw the emergence of Mark Eaton as a defensive force. Eaton averaged 5.6 blocks per game (still an NBA single-season record) along with 9.7 points and 11.3 rebounds, and won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award.[2] On the downside, John Drew played only 19 games all season, which deprived the team of their high-scoring sixth man. However, the Jazz returned to the playoffs, facing the Houston Rockets and their All-Star centers, Hakeem Olajuwon and Ralph Sampson. The Jazz prevailed in the series, 3–2, and advanced to the second round, losing the series to the high-scoring Denver Nuggets, 4–1.

The team's perennial financial woes and instability were somewhat stabilized during April 1985, when auto dealer Larry H. Miller bought 50 percent of the team from Battistone for $8 million. Battistone had been seeking to move the team.[3]

In the 1985 NBA draft, the team added Louisiana Tech power forward Karl Malone, who made an immediate impact in the 1985–86 season, averaging 14.9 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. However, starter Darrell Griffith missed the season with a stress fracture, and the Jazz hovered around .500 most of the year. Adrian Dantley missed the postseason, and the Jazz lost in the first round to the Dallas Mavericks, 3–1.

2003–05: Post-Stockton/Malone era[edit]

2005–10: Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer era[edit]

2010–13: Rebuilding and the post-Jerry Sloan era[edit]

2013–present: Rudy Gobert And Donovan Mitchell era[edit]


  1. Blinebury, Fran (September 11, 2009). "Quiet, efficient, tough as nails, Stockton defined the point". NBA Media Ventures, LLC. Retrieved August 17, 2010.
  2. "Mark Eaton Stats". Retrieved March 12, 2020.
  3. Pincus, Eric (February 26, 2013). "How Jerry Buss helped keep the Jazz in Utah". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on February 28, 2013. Retrieved February 26, 2013. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)

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