Utah Jazz: All-Franchise Team

Ryan Hatch@@hatchryanContributor IIIAugust 31, 2011

Utah Jazz: All-Franchise Team

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    Over the last couple of decades the Utah Jazz have been a team that consistently finds itself in the playoffs. The team has had a lot of talent pass through over the years that have given fans in Salt Lake City something to cheer about.

    Who makes up the All-Franchise team? A couple of the names will be obvious, but all of them did great things for the Jazz over the years.

    The Jazz are a storied franchise with many familiar faces and great stories. They have been to the NBA finals twice and may be the best team to have never won a title. Here is the Utah Jazz dream team.

Center: Mark Eaton

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    Mark Eaton is by far the best center that the Jazz have ever had. The fact of the matter is that there are slim pickings at this position in Jazz history. Eaton is deserving, nonetheless.

    The 7'4" center played for the Jazz from 1982-1994. He is the Jazz' all-time leader in blocks and blocks per game and is second in rebounding. He is the NBA record holder for blocks per game in a season with 5.6 and for a career with 3.5.

    Eaton was the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 1985. He was elected as an All-Star in 1989.

    His defense and rebounding were his strong points and what gained him his position as starting center on the All-Franchise team.

    Honorable Mention: Mehmet Okur

Power Forward: Karl Malone

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    No surprise here. There is no other power forward in Jazz history that can even compare to Malone. He is arguably the best power forward in NBA history. He helped lead the Jazz to their only two NBA Finals appearances in 1997 and 1998.

    He is the franchise leader in points, minutes played, field goals and attempts, free throws and attempts, and rebounds. He won the NBA MVP in 1997 and 1999. He is second all time in scoring in the NBA and the all-time leader in free throws made and attempted. He won two Olympic gold medals in 1992 and 1996.

    Malone was elected to the Naismith NBA Hall of Fame in 2010. He was a 14-time All-Star and 11-time All NBA First Team selection. No doubt he is the starting power forward on the All-Franchise team.

    Honorable Mentions: Carlos Boozer, Thurl Bailey, Truck Robinson (although none of those names comes close to Malone)

Small Forward: Adrian Dantley

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    The assistant coach for the Denver Nuggets makes the All-Franchise team for the Utah Jazz as small forward. Dantley was as dynamic a scorer as the Jazz have ever had. His lane penetration and great shooting made him a great NBA player.

    The six-time All-Star played seven seasons with the Jazz. He led the league in scoring as a member of the Jazz in 1981 and 1984. He was a two-time All NBA Second Team selection with Utah.

    Dantley is the Jazz' all-time leader in field goal percentage and points per game. Averaging just under 30 points per game as a member of the Jazz, he will likely stay at the top for a long time.

    Honorable Mention: Andrei Kirilenko

Shooting Guard: "Pistol" Pete Maravich

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    Perhaps the greatest college basketball player ever, Maravich found a home with the New Orleans Jazz. He could play point guard or shooting guard but finds his spot as shooting guard on this team.

    Maravich was the only deceased player to be named among the 50 greatest NBA players of all time. He was one of the greatest ball handlers of all time and could score with the best of them. He was a five-time All-Star with the Jazz.

    Although many of us never saw Maravich play, we all appreciate his talents and everything that he contributed to the game.

    Honorable Mentions: Jeff Hornacek, Darrell Griffith

Point Guard: John Stockton

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    Who else would be in this spot? John Stockton is one of the greatest point guards in NBA history. He helped lead the Jazz to the NBA Finals twice, with Karl Malone. He is probably the best "pure" point guard the NBA has ever seen

    Stockton is the NBA's all-time leader in steals and assists. Elected into the Hall of Fame in 2009, Stockton was a world class athlete. He had two Olympic gold medals and is a 10-time NBA All-Star.

    He is the Jazz' franchise leader in steals, assists, games played, three-point field goals made and attempted. Stockton will forever hold a place in the hearts of fans in Salt Lake City as perhaps the greatest player to ever put on a Jazz uniform. It was the only uniform he put on as an NBA player and it is well appreciated by fans in Utah.

    Honorable Mention: Deron Williams