5 Best Utah Jazz Players In The 1990's
The 5 best Utah Jazz players in the 1990s is a difficult list to compile after the first two. John Stockton and Karl Malone were a duo that needed only to be surrounded with solid players who understood their roles and could make open shots. However, there were at least three players that played with them during their dominant decade that really exceeded expectations and made the Jazz one of most formidable teams of the 1990's.
- John Stockton The All-Time NBA leader in both assists and steals, Stockton played his entire 19-season career with Utah Jazz. Toughness and durability were his defining characteristics, having played in 1,504 of 1,526 possible games. He considered one of the greatest point guards of all time. In 2009, Stockton was in inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
- Karl Malone Also known as the “Mail Man,” Malone, together with Stockton, formed the greatest “pick and roll” tandem in league history for the Utah Jazz. The words “Stockton to Malone” became a household phrase. Malone is considered by many to be the greatest power forward in league history. In 1997 and 1999, he was awarded the Most Valuable Player award. He is second on the all-time scoring list behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
- Jeff Hornacek Obtained from Philadelphia for the aging Jeff Malone, Hornacek played a key role in the Jazz’ two Finals campaigns in 1997 and 1998, acting as the “third option” after Stockton and Malone. Hornacek was a tremendously accurate shooter. He ranks twelfth all-time in free throw percentage (87.1). Even though he came to the Utah Jazz late in his career, Hornacek's hard-nosed play makes him one of the best Utah players of the 90's.
- Byron Russell Tough, quick, and athletic, Russell was an excellent perimeter defender. He embodied the defensive intensity the Utah Jazz came to be known for in the Sloan era. Sadly, he is probably best remember as the guy Jordan hit the game-winner against in the 98 Finals.
- Jeff Malone Lacking a viable third scoring threat, the Jazz traded for Malone before the 90-91 season. In his three and a half seasons in Utah, Malone averaged just over 20 points per game. Although his best seasons were spent in Washington, Malone still had a big impact with the Utah Jazz. He is the only player outside of Karl Malone to average over 20 points a game for the Jazz in the 1990s.