Commentary: The 25 best players in Utah Jazz franchise history (25 items)
The Jazz franchise has been around for 40 years, and plenty of great players during that time have come and gone. Utah has had numerous All-Stars, All-NBA players and even an MVP.
Career honors are plentiful in Jazz history as well. Utah boasts seven Hall of Famers and three players named to the NBA's official 50 greatest players of all-time list released on the NBA's 50th anniversary in 1996.
While that list concerned the entire NBA, this list is composed of the best 25 players that the Jazz have ever had.
Note: Even though the current version of the Jazz has a ton of young potential, none of Utah's current players has done enough to deserve inclusion. Since this is a list of the best players in Jazz history, no other part of their career was considered while deciding where each player ranks.
1 of 25. Aaron James
James averaged double figures in scoring in four of his five seasons to go along with more than four rebounds a night.
Those are pretty impressive numbers when you consider that James only played 21 minutes a game.
2 of 25. Bryon Russell
Russell spent his first nine NBA seasons with the Jazz, after being drafted in the second round of the 1993 draft.
During his 628 games, Russell averaged 9.2 points to go along with 3.8 rebounds and more than a steal a game.
Even though Russell was solid offensively, he makes the list because of his defensive ability. Russell took the challenge to guard the other team’s best offensive player and was frequently very effective.
3 of 25. Rich Kelley
In his seven years as a Jazz man, Kelley averaged 8.1 points and eight rebounds a game. His best season came in 1978-79, when Kelley averaged 15.7 points, 12.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.6 steals and 2.1 steals a game.
4 of 25. Jim McElroy
Like Kelley, McElroy’s best season came in 1978-79, when he averaged 16.9 points, 2.7 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 1.9 steals a game.
5 of 25. Donyell Marshall
Marshall shot more than 50 percent from the field in both of his seasons, as well as averaging 14.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Marshall’s best season was his second in Utah, when he averaged 14.8 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.2 blocks a game.