Additional Utah Jazz Info
The Utah Jazz was founded in 1974 as the New Orleans Jazz. After five seasons in New Orleans, the Jazz moved to Utah and kept the name, despite requests to change it. Even though they have never won the NBA Championship, the Utah Jazz has been one of the NBA's most successful teams since moving to Utah in 1979. The Jazz have won their division eight times- 1984, 1989, 1992, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2007, and 2008. Those Jazz teams of the 80's and 90's featured the duo of John Stockon and Karl Malone, one of the most successful and well known player-to-player tandems in the history of American sports. Stockton and Malone were a part of the two Jazz teams in the late 90's the made it to the NBA Finals and most to the Chicago Bulls.
Right now, the Jazz are in the midst of a rebuilding phase, and they actually have a pretty good idea of what they are doing. Last year the Jazz selected Dante Exum from Australia in the lottery. Rodney Hood and Jarnell Stokes are two other names to keep an eye on in the coming years as well.
The Utah Jazz had an okay, but successful 2015-2016 season, by their standards. They are a young team that is trending up. The Jazz finished the season with a record of 40-42, just narrowly missing the playoffs by one game. The team held the 12th selection overall, but traded for George Hill from the Pacers. After the draft, they had a very quiet off season, and their key note was signing veteran guard Joe Johnson for depth. The team decided to rely on the continued development of their youthful players. So far this season that plan has worked, as they currently stand with a record of 40-24, good for the fourth seed in the Western Conference. They are the surprise team of the league this season.
The Utah Jazz had a solid season a year ago, finishing in the playoff hunt in the Western Conference. After needing seven games to beat the fourth-seeded Los Angeles Clippers in round one, the Jazz were run out of the playoffs in four games games in round two.
For the draft, the team had a pair of first round choices, in spots 24 and 30. They used the first pick on small forward Tyler Lydon from Syracuse and the second on shooting guard Josh Hart from Villanova. In free agency, the team lost franchise player, small forward Gordon Hayward, and did not make any free agent signings of their own. Jazz fans will now sit back and see what direction the franchise takes going forward.
While nobody was paying attention, the Utah Jazz have quietly built a very solid roster. After narrowly missing out on the playoffs in 2016, the Jazz won the Northwest Division in 2017 and were the five seed in the Western Conference. The following year they were the five seed again, although this time they finished third in their division. Last season, they finished third in the Northwest yet again and were the five seed for a third-straight season. However, they can’t seem to get past the first two rounds right now.
Thanks to the Mike Conley trade, the Jazz were without their 2019 first-round draft choice. Also, they did nothing in free agency, so that means they intend to ride their roster as is for now. The star is shooting guard Donovan Mitchell, who is averaging 24.7 points per game so far this season. Small forward Bojan Bogdanovic is averaging 21.3 points per game so far. Center Rudy Gobert is a double-double machine and is averaging 15.3 points per game to go along with 14.5 rebounds per game. Small forward Joe Ingles is averaging 11 points per game off the bench.
The Jazz are a solid team right now, but unless they make some serious changes, they are not going to get over the hump.