Any list of the 10 best Utah Jazz players in the franchise history has to start with a top-two that is virtually unanimous no matter who you ask. Karl Malone and John Stockton, individually, were two of the NBA’s best ever players at their respective positions. But together, they formed one of the most enduring and successful partnerships in the history of sports and were the engine that drove Salt Lake City’s beloved Utah Jazz for nearly 20 years.
- Karl Malone The Mailman became the NBA’s prototype power forward during the 1980s, blending raw power with finesse. He scored 36,274 points in a Jazz uniform from 1985 to 2003 and was a two-time NBA MVP. He also led the Utah Jazz to their only two appearances in the NBA Finals. Malone has team-leading points and rebounding numbers they may stand forever
- John Stockton The tenacious, quiet point guard handed out more assists and collected more steals than any player in NBA history. Many of those assists landed in the sure hands of running mate Karl Malone, but like his 1992 Olympic Dream Team teammate, was one a one-of-a-kind player. One of the last short-shorts players in the league, Stockton was a consummate professional with an assassin’s heart. His assists records may last for many years to come.
- Adrian Dantley One of the most underrated superstars of the 1980s, “AD” had a knack for scoring and getting to the free throw line that was without peer. He averaged 30 points per game for four consecutive years with the Utah Jazz–a feat that not even Malone matched.
- Pete Maravich Pistol Pete was the face of the franchise when the Jazz were in New Orleans but spent very little time in Utah before he was waived during the 1979-80 season. Not only is he the greatest scorer in college basketball history he was one of the NBA’s most marketable and flamboyant players during the 1970s.
- Carlos Boozer Part of the new wave of Utah Jazz players in the post-Stockton/Malone era, Boozer has taken over the power forward role and once again made it the cornerstone position of the franchise.
- Deron Williams Already considered one of the best point guards in the NBA, along with Chris Paul, Williams carries on the Stockton legacy in Salt Lake City with flair and swagger.
Darrell Griffith The high-flying “Dr. Dunkenstein” averaged more than 20 points per game five different seasons for the Utah Jazz. He played his entire career in Salt Lake City.
- Mark Eato A giant at 7-foot-4 inches, he was a bulwark of a defender and one of the NBA’s best shot blockers. He holds the league’s single-season record with 456.
- Thurl Bailey A capable third option during the 1980s, Bailey had a smooth shooting stroke and knocked down a lot of big shots for the Utah Jazz. He scored nearly 10,000 points in 10 seasons with the team.
- Andrei Kirilenko The Russian-born Kirilenko was the player the Utah Jazz chose to build around after Malone departed and Stockton retired. “AK47” is a fan favorite for his shot blocking skills and overall defense.
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