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The NBA All-Time Utah Team

 

Before I jump into the starting line-up and then onto the bench, I need to explain this is not the all-time Utah Jazz team (although there will be Jazz members on it), but it is the all-time state of Utah team. It can and will include anyone that played either High School, College, or NBA ball for a team in the state of Utah.

THE STARTING FIVE

PG: John Stockton

The NBA's all-time leader in career assists (by almost 6,000 more that Magic Johnson) and steals. He helped lead the Utah Jazz to their only two NBA finals. John has career averages of 13.1 points per game, 10.5 assists per game, and 2.17 steals per game. Stock played in every game in 17 or his 19 seasons with the Utah Jazz setting an NBA record.

John also owns the record for 1,000 assists in a season. He is responsible for seven of the nine seasons that a player has surpassed 1,000 assists.

SG: "Pistol" Pete Maravich

The "Pistol" only played 17 games for the Utah Jazz in the 1979-80 season. That's more than enough for me. Pete was a five time All-Star who averaged 24.2 points per game, 5.4 assists per game, and 4.2 rebounds per game. Maravich was a three time All-American in college and player of the year in 1969-70.

SF: Adrian Dantley

Dantley played seven of his 18 NBA seasons for the Utah Jazz. Adrian averaged 24.3 points per game, 5.7 rebounds per game and three assists per game throughout his career. AD was a six time All-Star and 1977 Rookie of the Year as well as an Olympic gold medalist in 1976.

PF: Karl Malone

Karl made up the second half of Utah's dynamic duo. The two-time MVP and gold medalist ended up as the second leader scorer in NBA history. The 14 time All-Star averaged 25 points per game and 10.1 rebounds per game. The "Mailman" played all 82 games in nine of his NBA seasons. His finishing ability made the phrase "Stockton to Malone" synonymous with the pick and roll.

C: Carlos Boozer

Although Boozer came to the Utah Jazz under dubious circumstances there is no denying his scoring and rebounding abilities.  Booz has a 17 point per game, and 9.9 rebound per game career average. Carlos recently won a gold medal in the Beijing Olympics as well as being named an All-Star the past two seasons.

 

THE BENCH

Deron Williams - If it wasn't for arguably the greatest point guard of all time, Deron would most likely be starting on this team.  In the end he just may be good enough to challenge for that spot anyway but only time will tell.

Danny Ainge - A pure shooter that graduated from BYU. Ainge was on a Boston Celtics staple during the Larry Bird championship years.  Now, as a general manager, he has made the Celtics a championship for to be reckoned with again.

Jeff Hornacek- The piece of the puzzle that helped propel John Stockton and Karl Malone to NBA finals. Horney was perhaps the Jazz's best pure shooter ever. His play has showed what Utah might have done earlier in Stock and Karl's careers had the Jazz not traded away Adrian Dantley.

Keith Van Horn - There is no denying Van Horn's offensive abilities despite the lack of defensive presence. The U of U graduate played for many NBA teams including Philly, Dallas and New Jersey.

Andre Miller - The third point guard on the team. Miller was a star for the U of U and spent time with the Clippers and Nuggets before being traded to Philly as part of the Allen Iverson deal.

Mark Eaton - The seven foot center was known as a defensive specialist and leads the Utah Jazz in career blocks.

Andrei Kirilenko - The one time All-Star is a dynamic player that has the ability to change games without having to score to do it. 

Andrew Bogut - The big Aussie was chosen first in the NBA draft by the Milwaukee Bucks.  He has had a few solid years in the NBA, but made this team due to his work in college.

Jerry Sloan - Jerry would function as both a tough minded coach and nasty mean bench player.  He coaches the way he played for the Chicago Bulls.

HONORABLE MENTION

Tom Chambers, Kurt Rambis, Paul Milsap, Matt Harpring, Ronnie Price, Rafeal Aruajo, Anderson Varajao, Raja Bell, Byron Russell, Micheal Smith, Marty Haws, Andy Toolson, and Shawn Bradley.

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