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    Utah Jazz Franchise Information

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    Established:1974
    Stadium:Vivint Smart Home Arena
    Colours:Navy blue, gold & green
    Hall of Famers:Pete Maravich, Walt Bellamy, Gail Goodrich, Adrian Dantley, John Stockton, Karl Malone, Bernard King & Spencer Haywood 
    Hall of Fame Coaches:Jerry Sloan
    Rivals:Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers & Denver Nuggets
    Legends:Pete Maravich, Adrian Dantley, Mark Eaton, John Stockton, Karl Malone, Andrei Kirilenko, Deron Williams, Carlos Boozer & Al Jefferson
    Retired Numbers:1, 4, 7, 9, 12, 14, 32, 35, 53 & 1223
    Conference: Western Conference
    Division:Northwest Division 
    NBA Championships:None

    Utah Jazz History

    The Utah Jazz started off in New Orleans in 1974, after the New Orleans Jazz was accepted as an expansion team. The Jazz traded six draft picks, including two first rounders, for star point guard Pete Maravich, who attended local college Louisiana State University, to be their franchise cornerstone. 

    Maravich played at a high speed and with incredible skills, which helped fill stadiums. Despite winning the scoring championship in the 1976-77 season, Maravich only helped the New Orleans franchise to a 39-43 record in their best season. 

    The Jazz had traded three first-round picks for Gail Goodrich, who injured his achilles early in his first season with the club and never amounted to the expectations surrounding him. The team then traded Moses Malone in an attempt to regain one of the picks used to get Goodrich, however trading for the wrong pick with the Los Angeles Lakers selecting Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson with one of the Jazz’s original picks. Malone and Johnson went on to have Hall of Fame careers, while Goodrich lasted three seasons with the Jazz. 

    With the New Orleans franchise facing high taxes and unable to draw in any local investors and support, the team struggled financially, eventuating in the Jazz moving to Utah, which had previously been home to the Utah Stars in the American Basketball Association. While there was no real Jazz heritage in Utah, the name remained due to the front office running out of time to file for a name change before the 1979-80 season, the first in Utah. 

    Utah’s front office brought in high scoring Adrian Dantley, but continued to struggle in the first year since the relocation, finishing with the 24-58 record. This poor performance allowed them to receive the second pick in the 1980 NBA Draft, where they selected Darrell Griffith, who went on to win Rookie of the Year. 

    The Jazz continued to struggle, seeing attendance drop with the continued on-court failures. Utah had the third pick in the 1982 draft and selected offensive star Dominique Wilkens, but he was avoided by the Lakers and Clippers due to his selfishness, which caused him to request a trade from the Jazz before even playing a game. Utah were again on the wrong end of a lopsided trade, with Wilkens going on to have a Hall of Fame career and the two players Utah getting in return never able to contribute. 

    With rumours circling of the team moving cities due to increasing financial troubles, the Jazz rallied behind Dantley, Griffith and 7’4 center Mark Eaton. Utah ended the 1983-84 season with a 45-37 record, allowing them to capture their first division title and finish second in the Western Conference. In their first trip to the playoffs the Jazz defeated division rivals 3-2 in the opening round before falling to the more experienced Phoenix Suns. 

    The 1984 offseason saw controversy, with Utah selecting little known guard John Stockton, which was met with boos from the Jazz fans in attendance. Stockton, along with the emergence of Eaton, who averaged an NBA record 5.6 blocks per game on his way to winning Defensive Player of the Year, helped the Jazz get back to the playoffs for a second straight season. Utah defeated Hakeem Olajuwon and the Houston Rockets 3-2 in the first round, but were eliminated by the Nuggets in the second round. 

    In the 1985 offseason, 50% of the team was purchased by Larry Miller, who then went on to buy the other 50% when there was talk of other investors taking complete control and moving the franchise to Minneapolis. 

    Karl Malone was also added to the team that offseason, selected at pick 13 in the 1985 draft, and had immediate impact but with Griffith sidelined for most of the season the Jazz were unable to get out of the first round of the playoffs. 

    Dantley was traded from the team and Griffith lost his starting spot, with Stockton’s play increasing his minutes from game to game. Utah would go on to have their fourth straight 40 win season and playoff appearance, but were again ousted in the first round. 

    The 1987-88 season was where Stockton and Malone both established themselves as the stars of the team, with the Jazz improving to a 47-35 record, winning their first round match up with the Portland Trail Blazers, before taking the Lakers to seven games, going down in the decider. Utah continued to improve with Jerry Sloane joining as head coach and with Malone being named All Star Game MVP and Eaton winning his second Defensive Player of the Year award. 

    The Jazz had their first 50 win season, winning their second division title and finishing second in the West, but were swept by the Warriors in the opening round. The following two seasons saw the Jazz dominate the regular season, finishing with 55 and 54 wins, but were eliminated in the first and second rounds respectively. 

    The 1991-92 season saw big changes for the Jazz, moving to a new arena that allowed an extra 7,000 fans to attend, with the team continuing to play at a high level. Utah won their third division title and were able to fix their playoff woes, defeating the Clippers and Seattle Supersonics on the way to their first Western Conference Finals berth. Utah were eventually undone by Portland for the second straight season, losing 4-2 in the Conference Finals. 

    Despite slight decreases in performance, Utah remained among contenders in the West, with Stockton and Malone being named co-MVPs of the 1993 All Star Game, but they weren’t able to overcome the Supersonics in the first round of the playoffs. 

    Utah looked to provide help for Stockton, Malone and Eaton, adding sharpshooter Jeff Hornacek. The Jazz made the playoffs again for what was the 11th straight season, beating the Spurs and the Nuggets before falling again in the Conference Finals, this time to the eventual Champions in the Rockets. 

    In 1994-95, the Jazz finished with their first 60 win season, showing their star power and depth, but faced the Rockets in the first round of the playoffs, and weren’t able to overcome them for a second straight year. 

    Utah remained near the top of the West, finishing the regular season third with a 55-27 record and making the Conference Finals for a third time. Things were looking too familiar when facing a 3-1 deficit, but the Jazz managed to crawl back against the Supersonics to force a game 7, but were unable to win the decider and just missed out on that elusive first Finals berth. 

    The season of 1996-97 marks the best season in Utah Jazz history, finishing with a 64-18 record, another division title and the 1-seed in the West for the first time. The Jazz, led by Stockton and 1997 MVP Malone, only lost one game in the first two rounds against both of the Los Angeles teams before coming up against a familiar foe, the Houston Rockets, in the Western Conference Finals. 

    The Jazz were finally able to overcome their rivals, securing their first trip to the NBA Finals in franchise history, facing Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. Stockton and Malone were no match for Jordan and Pippen, losing in six games to the defending champs. 

    Utah finished on top of the Western Conference standings for the second straight season. Facing the Rockets again, this time in the first round, the Jazz continued their winning ways 3-2 in the first round, before going on to defeat the Spurs and the Lakers easily to set up another match up with the Chicago Bulls in the Finals. 

    Stockton and Malone were again unable to match the firepower of Jordan and Pipped, losing 4-2 for the second straight season, with the Bulls claiming their third Championship in as many years. 

    The lockout shortened 1998-99 season saw Malone win his second league MVP and the Jazz finish with the best record in the West for the third straight season. After beating the Kings 3-2, Utah fell to the Blazers in the second round, marking a severely disappointing season after the last two years. 

    Utah continued to dominate the regular season behind Stockton and Malone, but were never able to reach their previous heights, being eliminated in the second round by the Blazers again. 

    Hornecek retired following the 2000 playoffs and the Jazz went on to three straight first round eliminations from the playoffs. During this time they added young stars DeShawn Steveson and Andrie Kirilenko but it wasn’t enough to push Utah back to where they once were. Following the third first round exit in 2003, Stockton retired and Malone left for the Lakers in free agency, marking the end of a 20 year streak of making the playoffs. 

    Utah signed Carlos Boozer and Mehmet Okur as free agents during a three year lull, adding to their breakout All Star Kirilenko as part of the next phase for the franchise. The next phase appeared to be complete when they traded three draft picks for the third pick in the 2005 Draft, selecting point guard Deron Williams. 

    This core, led by Williams, saw a 15 game improvement on the previous year, just missing out on the playoffs, but were able to make it the following season in 2007, winning another division title. 

    The 51 win Jazz beat the Rockets and the Warriors on their way to their first Western Conference Finals since Stockton and Malone were on top, losing to eventual champion the Spurs in 5 games. Williams led the Jazz to the playoffs the following three years, but the team was never able to make it past the second round, losing to the Lakers in all three playoffs.

    The 2010 offseason saw another change, with Boozer signing with the Bulls, Utah selecting wiry forward Gordan Hayward in the draft and trading for big man Al Jefferson. After starting the season 27-13, the Jazz would drop off and miss the playoffs and Jerry Sloan, the longest tenured head coach after starting in 1988, would resign. Utah then traded star point guard Deron Williams, and after missing the playoffs the year before, would only make them once over the following five years. 

    During this time, Utah selected French 7’2 center Rudy Gobert, in 2013, who paired with Hayward, helped the team make the playoffs for the first time in five years in 2017. Utah won their 9th division title and made it to the second round of the playoffs before being swept by eventual champions, the Golden State Warriors. 

    Despite their success, Gordon Hayward left Utah that offseason for the Boston Celtics, but the hole he left was filled by the 13th pick in the 2017 draft, Donovan Mitchell. While the team’s win tally decreased by three games in the 2017-18 season, the team saw great individual success. 

    Gobert won Defensive Player of the Year, Mitchell came second in Rookie of the Year voting and Quin Snyder came second in Coach of the Year voting. Utah again won their first round playoff series before being defeated in the second round, this year by their old rival, the Houston Rockets. 

    Mitchell and Gobert continued to lead the way during the 2018-19 season, with Gobert picking up his second consecutive Defensive Player of the Year award. Finishing 5th in the West for the third straight year, the Jazz came up against the Rockets again, unable to overcome MVP James Harden, being eliminated in the first round.

    The 2019 offseason saw massive roster changes, in an attempt to better support their two young stars. As many as six players were added and seven players removed from the previous year’s roster, with additions including Mike Conley, Bojan Bogdanovic and Jordan Clarkson. 

    Mitchell and Gobert were both selected for the All Star Game and the Jazz made the playoffs for the fourth straight year. Rudy Gobert was the first NBA player to test positive for COVID-19, and his jovial attitude towards the issue caused tension between himself and Mitchell, with reporters thinking that one would have to be traded in the offseason for the welfare of the team. 

    Donovan Mitchell would announce himself as a true star of the league in this series, scoring 57 points, the third highest in a playoff game in league history, in game 1 of the series and 51 in game 4 of the series, being the third player in history to have two 50 point games in the same series. Utah would have a 3-1 lead over the Denver Nuggets, but unfortunately lost the last three games to be eliminated in the first round. 

    Utah suddenly became regular season specialists and that rang true in the 2020-21 NBA season. The Jazz were the top team in the league almost all season, finishing with the league’s best record. This was despite Mitchell and Conley missing 19 and 21 games respectively. They were grounded by Gobert, who won Defensive Player of the Year, again, as well as Clarkson and Joe Ingles, who came 1st and 2nd in Sixth Man of the Year voting respectively.

    Unfortunately for Utah, it was a case of a disappointing postseason yet again. A 4-1 victory over Memphis was expected but then the Jazz lost to the Clippers in six games, despite Kawhi Leonard missing the last 2, which LA both won. They are a great team, but Gobert is marginalized in the playoffs and the age & injury-prone nature of Conley is worrying moving forward.

    The Utah Jazz had a decent campaign in 2021-22 as they made the playoffs and finished the year with a record of 49-33 and in 5th place in the Western Conference.

    Expert 2022-23 Picks & Preview on Utah Jazz

    Our experts will provide an analysis on the Jazz’s chances closer to the start of the 2022-23 season. In the meantime, you can check out our thoughts on the team before the 2021-22 season started:

    After a playoff run where the Jazz got eliminated in the second round of the playoffs by the Clippers, the Jazz will be trying to take their talented roster to the Finals. This finish is especially disappointing due to the fact that this team finished as the 1st seed in the West. 

    After losing to the Kawhi-less Clippers, the Jazz have had a busy offseason to try and make the leap. The Jazz are in win-now mode but have they done enough to have success beyond the regular season and make a run for the title?

    Front Office

    The Jazz have been in good hands under the leadership of head coach Quin Synder. During Synder’s 7 year reign as the Jazz’s head coach, the team has steadily improved. In his first season as the Jazz’s head coach the Jazz finished with 38 wins and missed the playoffs, they won 40 games in his second season and also missed the playoffs. 

    Since those first 2 years, the Jazz have made the playoffs in each of the last 5 seasons. Synder runs a motion offense and makes his teams play with a lot of pace. The Jazz are taking 42 3s a game and play a very fast and unselfish style of play. This has been a recipe for success in the regular season but hasn’t worked as well in the postseason.

    To help Synder push the Jazz to make the step, the front office has re-signed Mike Conley. Conley was a big part in this faster iteration of the Synder offense, and pairs an experienced point guard alongside Donovan Mitchell for the long term. The Jazz also added Hassan Whiteside to help Gobert in the paint, as well as Rudy Gay and Eric Pachall to sure up the front court. 

    The additions to the wing position give depth behind Ingles, Bogdanovic and O’Neal, and gives the team more flexibility when they want to jump into more defensive minded sets. This additional depth should allow the Jazz to play their bench more often and save their starters for the playoffs. Having a more rested starting 5 may be exactly what the Jazz need to make the next step.

    Key Players

    Donovan Mitchell quickly ascended into one of the best shooting guards in the league. He has been continuously compared throughout his career to Dwayne Wade, and his play is certainly reflecting these comparisons. Despite the unselfish nature of the Jazz’s offense, Mitchell still shined, averaging 26.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 5.2 assists per game. In the playoffs his numbers got even better as he averaged 32.4 points per game while shooting 43.5% from 3 despite playing with an injured ankle. 

    Mitchell has been stepping it up when the Jazz need him. Despite his large share of the burden, Mitchell can still get even better to become an All-NBA player. Mitchell already has the league’s 5th highest usage rate at 33.5% but needs to make his playoff efficiency the norm. Mitchell has just a 56.9% true shooting percentage which is 105th in the league among qualifying players. 

    This isn’t good enough, thus for Mitchell to take the next step he needs to bump those figures up. With his playoff performances in mind, it isn’t a stretch for Mitchell to do so this season and lead the Jazz to the Conference Finals.

    The second most important player on the Jazz is Rudy Gobert. Gobert is the team’s defensive anchor and is trying to win his 4th defensive player of the year award in 5 years. This would put him among the league’s greatest defenders in history. Gobert is a major factor in Utah’s success and any dropoff in his defensive play could be catastrophic. 

    Although Gobert could improve his offensive play by being more than a pick and roll player, his impact defensively outweighs his limitations offensively. The Jazz’s success is closely tied to the play of Gobert and is a key player to watch this season as they try to make a deeper run.

    Breakout Player

    Obviously Donovan Mitchell is the most likely to be the Jazz’s breakout player as he is on the doorstep of the top tier of NBA players. However, we think the Jazz’s true breakout player may be rookie Jared Butler. We think Butler will become an increasingly important presence for the Jazz as he provides strong back up guard play behind Mitchell and Conley. The Jazz are known to start their starters around 30 minutes per game which is well below the league average. 

    If the Jazz decide to continue this, especially late in the season, watch for Butler to get more opportunities to play with Jordan Clarkson off the bench. Butler has shown he can play good defense, which may earn him meaningful minutes in the playoffs if he can adjust to the NBA throughout the season. Butler is also strong offensively as he can create shots for others, shoot and score in iso. Butler is the dark horse of this draft.

    Utah Jazz Betting & Odds Preview 2022-23

    The 2021-22 season is over and we take a look back at the Utah Jazz betting history for the most recent season. We will provide more information in relation to the new 2022-23 season once information becomes available. In the meantime, have a look at the betting and odds information for the Jazz before the start of the previous season:

    Utah opened with. +4000 odds for the 2020-21 NBA Championship and saw these gradually improve as their record and play improved. However, they never made the top three in favoritism despite having the best record all season. They still remained around the fourth-sixth favoritism even after making it to the Conference Semi-finals, where they were eventually eliminated by the Clippers.

    Their exceptional regular season play and lofty odds compared to their contemporaries sucked many in to futures bets but unfortunately they couldn’t deliver. When looking ahead to next season, the Jazz have +1500 odds to win the 2020 NBA Championship, seventh best in the league and fifth best in the West.

    Given their lofty record, the Jazz performed well against the spread, finishing with the fifth best record in the league, 41-31. They performed much better at home and that was true in their spread record as well, being 23-13 compared to 18-18 on the road.

    Despite finishing with the 2nd best offensive rating in the league, Utah also had the 3rd best defensive rating and that resulted in them having a negative total points record, 33-38-1.

    Utah Jazz FAQ

    Still got some burning questions about the Utah Jazz? Well, we have answered some of the most common questions people have, hopefully you will find the answer you are looking for below! 

    Where do the Utah Jazz play?

    The Utah Jazz play their home games at the Vivint Smart Home Arena. 

    Who owns the Utah Jazz?

    Ryan Smith is the owner of the Utah Jazz. 

    Have the Utah Jazz won an NBA Championship?

    The Utah Jazz have won 0 NBA championships. 

    Who is the Utah Jazz coach?

    Will Hardy is the head coach of the Utah Jazz. He was announced as the new head coach prior to the 2022-23 season, replacing Quin Snyder who was hired following the 2013-14 season, after being assistant coach of the Atlanta Hawks.

    Do the Utah Jazz play tonight?

    Are you wondering if the Utah Jazz are playing tonight? Well, SportsTips has all the details you need about upcoming Utah Jazz games! Make sure you check this page at the top for all the details you are looking for.

    What is the Utah Jazz record?

    The Utah Jazz had a 49-33 win-loss record for the 2021-22 NBA season. 

    Did the Utah Jazz win last night?

    Fans of the Utah Jazz are all wanting to know if they won the game last night. You can find more information in relation to the team’s recent form in games on the page at the top.

    How much are the Utah Jazz worth?

    According to Forbes Magazine, the Utah Jazz are worth $1.75 billion.

    Who do the Utah Jazz play tonight?

    Like a lot of things in the NBA, things change pretty quickly. So, if you are looking for more information about who the Utah Jazz play tonight, you have come to the right place. We have all this information for you in detail, you can find these details for upcoming games at the top of the page.

    How to watch the Utah Jazz?

    You can watch the Utah Jazz on TV channels like ESPN, ABC, TNT, NBA TV or AT&T SportsNet, or subscribe to NBA League Pass. 

    Will the Utah Jazz make the playoffs this year?

    The Utah Jazz made the playoffs in the 2021-22 season. They finished the regular season in fifth place of the Western Conference with a 49-33 record. 

    Will the Utah Jazz get the 1st pick in the NBA Draft?

    The Utah Jazz did not receive the top pick in the 2022 NBA draft. 

    When do the Utah Jazz play?

    Utah Jazz fans are always looking for more information about when their team plays the next game. For all the information you have been craving and more, be sure to check the top of this page. Here at SportsTips, we list all the information you need like the tip off time, location of the game and the all important NBA odds.

    Where did the Utah Jazz finish the season?

    The Utah Jazz finished the 2021-22 NBA season in 5th place in the Western Conference. 

    How many games did the Utah Jazz win?

    The Utah Jazz won 49 games during the 2021-22 NBA season.