If the word of the day is “concise,” and for me that might not be a bad thing, the Utah Jazz is the perfect franchise to try to sum up.
Simply put, the history of the Jazz organization, the last three decades in particular, is best summed up in two words: stability and consistency.
In the 31 years since moving from New Orleans to Salt Lake City, the Jazz have the taken floor under just three coaches: Tom Nissalke for 2+ seasons, the outgoing Frank Layden for the next 6+ seasons, and the maniacally intense Jerry Sloan for the past 22 and change.
Over the past 27 years, or the combined Frank Layden-Jerry Sloan era, the Jazz have finished .500 or better 26 times, have made 23 trips to the postseason (21 of them consecutively), have won 50+ games 14 times, 60 or better three times, made six appearances in the Western Conference Finals, and a pair of trips to the NBA Finals.
Over that same period, the Utah Jazz franchise has enjoyed incredible stability in the owner’s suite as well, with local business mogul, the late Larry Miller (and his family following his passing in 2009) owning the team for the entirety of that period.
The franchise's stability extends beyond coaching and ownership. The Jazz roster through the years is also notable for its lack of a revolving-door. Through the years, 26 players have played 300+ games with the Jazz, 13 of them averaging 10+ PPG for the franchise.
Finally, in terms of star power, the Jazz has had plenty. While the franchise has only featured six legitimate stars (Pete Maravich, Adrian Dantley, Karl Malone, John Stockton, Deron Williams, and Carlos Boozer) in 36 years, each suited up in at least 330 games for the Jazz and spent the best years of their respective careers with the franchise.
From New Orleans to Salt Lake City. From Layden to Sloan. From Pistol to Dantley to Stockton-Malone to D-Will and Boozer.
The journey of the Jazz has been nothing, if not stable and consistent.