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The Jazz are a professional basketball team based out of Utah. They are part of the Western Conference’s Northwest Division, and they play their games at Vivint Smart Home Arena.

Utah Jazz Brief History

The team began its run at the NBA as an expansion franchise in 1974, when they played in New Orleans.

And, the team remained in NOLA until 1979, when they moved to Salt Lake City.

This franchise was indeed one of the least successful ones in the league during its first years.

The team needed ten seasons to make it to the postseason for the first time, in 1984.

But, from that point on they didn’t miss the playoffs for 20 years, until 2004.

The team found its best duo of players during the late eighties in Karl Malone and John Stockton.

These two players are considered one of the best power forward-point guard duos in the history of the league.

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Utah Jazz Interesting Facts

  1. The team first played in New Orleans, and the name of the franchise is directly related to NOLA’s history of Jazz music.
  2. This team holds the third-longest postseason streak in the history of the league: They made it to the postseason for 20 years straight, between 1984 to 2003.
  3. The team has played in six different home arenas since its inception. They played at the Salt Palace and the Vivint Smart Home Arena (actual) at Utah. And they also used to call these other arenas home at one time or another: Las Vegas Thomas & Mack Center, Loyola University Field House, and the Louisiana Superdome.

Utah Jazz Awards and Accomplishments:

  • Championships: 0
  • Conference titles: 2 (1997, 1998)
  • Division titles: 9 (1984, 1989, 1992, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2007, 2008, 2017)

Utah Jazz Hall of Famers and Famous Players

Here’s a list of the top 3 Hall of Famers for the Utah Jazz:

John Stockton: He spent his full career with the Jazz, and the team was able to make it to the postseason in each one of his nineteen active seasons.

  • 19 seasons with the Jazz, 10 times All-Star, averaged 13 points per game
  • Basketball Hall of Fame: Inducted in 2009
  • College Basketball Hall of Fame: Inducted in 2017

Karl Malone: Known as “the Mailman,” Malone also spent his full career with the Jazz. He is widely regarded as one of the top power forwards in the history of the NBA.

  • 18 seasons with the Jazz, 2 times MVP, 14 times All-Star, averaged 25 points per game
  • Basketball Hall of Fame: Inducted in 2010

Adrian Dantley: He played for another three teams before making it to the Jazz in 1979, but it was in Utah that Dantley managed to reach his career peak, creating a reputation for himself as a prolific scorer.

  • 7 seasons with the Jazz, 6 times All-Star, averaged 29 points per game
  • Basketball Hall of Fame: Inducted in 2008

Utah Jazz Rivalries

The Jazz doesn’t have a long-time rival, but there are a few teams that can take on their rival role due to postseason clashes.

First, we have the Rockets, a team that has played the Jazz a total of 8 times at the postseason, with Utah winning 5 out of those 8 series.

The Trail Blazers, the SuperSonics, and the Spurs all have met, and defeated the Jazz at the postseason, but Utah got revenge and defeated San Antonio to make it to the 1998 NBA Finals.

The Jazz has also advanced to the NBA Finals after defeating the Lakers, and the LA team advanced to the Finals every single season they took Utah down in either the first round or the conference semifinals.

The team also hold a somewhat regional rivalry with the Nuggets, as both of these teams are located in the Rocky Mountains, and also have shared the same division since 1979.

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