Jerry Sloan Resigns: 10 Best Players He Coached for the Utah Jazz

Chris LeydenCorrespondent IIFebruary 10, 2011

NBA: 10 Best Players Jerry Sloan Coached for the Utah Jazz

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    Utah Jazz head coach Jerry Sloan has resigned from his position, according to multiple reports coming out of Salt Lake City. Tyrone Corbin will be the team's coach until a replacement is named.

    Sloan coached the Jazz for 23 years, but was reportedly feeling undermined by the way ownership was running the team now.

    According to a article, Sloan and star player Deron Williams had a big argument during halftime of Wednesday's game, and Sloan felt as though ownership was siding with Williams.

    Sloan was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009 and was very well-respected around the league.

    Throughout his career as coach of the Utah Jazz, Sloan mentored some of the best basketball players in the history of the sport.

    Feel free to comment below with your favorite memories of Sloan, and the best players he coached while with Utah.

10. Antoine Carr, Forward/Center

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    Antoine Carr played for Sloan and the Jazz from 1994-1998. Although never a superstar in the league, he was crucial to both of the Jazz's NBA Finals appearances under Sloan.

    Carr played center alongside Karl Malone and was best known for the glasses he had to wear during games because of an eye injury.

    Carr was one of the best sixth men in Jazz history and would come off the bench with great energy for a big man.

9. Tom Chambers, Forward/Center

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    Tom Chambers played for Sloan from 1993 to 1995. He was a four-time All-Star, although none of those selections were with the Jazz.

    Chambers joined the Jazz at the end of his career, but was still a great backup to Karl Malone, and the team was much better off with him there.

    The year Chambers joined the team, Utah improved enough to make it to the Western Conference Finals. Although Chambers did not play his best basketball when he was with Sloan, he was still one of the best players Sloan coached.

8. Jeff Malone, Guard

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    Jeff Malone played for Sloan and the Jazz from 1990-1994. A great scorer during his career, Malone averaged 19 PPG.

    He was one of the best natural scorers to play for Sloan and was known for his ability to weave around picks to get open for a jump shot.

    Malone went on to be a two-time NBA All-Star and played some of his best basketball while coached by Sloan.

7. Carlos Boozer, Forward

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    Carlos Boozer played for Sloan from 2004-2010 and was a two-time All-Star during that stretch.

    Although much of Boozer's career with the Jazz was plagued by injuries, he did have a few great seasons, including 2008 when he was top-five in scoring, rebounds and field goal percentage halfway through the season.

    Boozer was a star in the Jazz's 2007 playoff run, averaging 23.5 points and 12.2 rebounds per game in the team's 17 playoff games.

    Boozer was also a class act, avoiding talk about his contract being up and actually opting to come back for an extra season with the Jazz.

6. Mark Eaton, Center

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    Standing at 7'5", Mark Eaton was a giant part of Jerry Sloan's career. He was drafted by the Jazz in 1982 and retired with the Jazz in 1994.

    Eaton was a defensive force and currently holds the record for most blocks per game over the span of a season and over the span of an entire career.

    Eaton was never counted on for much on the offensive end, but his defense was crucial toward the Jazz's success. He was selected to the All-Star team once and won Defensive Player of the Year twice.

5. Jeff Hornacek, Guard

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    Jeff Hornacek was another player who was crucial to Sloan's two best chances of being an NBA champion. He played for the Jazz from 1994-2000.

    He was the perfect third option for the Jazz behind Karl Malone and John Stockton. He was best known for his quick passing, which was important for a team with two future Hall-of-Famers.

    Although he was only selected to the All-Star game once, he did win the NBA three-point shooting contest twice.

4. Andrei Kirilenko, Forward

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    Kirilenko is still a member of the Jazz and took over the star role of the team once John Stockton left in 2003.

    Kirilenko was a great shot blocker and actually led the league in 2004 in shot blocks per game. He managed to lead the Jazz as a team in 2003 in almost every category, including points, rebounds, blocks, steals, free throws and three-pointers.

    Although Kirilenko was only selected to the All-Star game once, he was the team All-Star for Utah for a few years.

3. Deron Williams, Guard

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    The player who inspired Jerry Sloan to quit after ignoring his play calling, was also one of the best players Sloan ever coached.

    Williams has played his entire career with the Jazz, starting in 2005. He has been selected to the past two All-Star games and has been by far the best player on the team as of late.

    Some consider Williams to be the best point guard in the NBA right now. He was the first player in NBA history to score 20 points and dish out 10 assists in five straight playoff games in a single series.

    Unfortunately, it was Williams' side management took, forcing Sloan to quit.

2. John Stockton, Guard

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    Putting one of these final two players at second really does not do them justice, but I didn't want to have a tie for first (I used All-Star appearances as the tie breaker.)

    John Stockton will go down as one of the best point guards of all time, and he played his entire career with Utah.

    Enshrined the same year as Sloan into the Hall of Fame, Stockton managed to average a career double-double with 13.1 points and 10.5 assists per game.

    Stockton holds the NBA record for most assists with 15,806, which is 4,000 more than the second place player. He also holds the NBA record with 3,265 steals.

    Stockton was the ultimate journeyman, missing only 22 games over his 19-year career.

    He was a 10-time All-Star and part of the greatest pick and roll duo of all time with...

1. Karl Malone, Forward

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    Although Stockton could just as easily gone here, Karl Malone made it to 13 NBA All-Star games, three more than Stockton did.

    Malone played for the Jazz from 1985 to 2003 and twice won the league's MVP Award. He was inducted into the Hal of Fame in 2010.

    Passing Wilt Chamberlain during the 2002-2003 season to become the second all-time leading scorer, Malone still holds that position today.

    He averaged 25 points and 10.1 rebounds per game in his career, making him the best player Jerry Sloan coached in Utah.