Recently, the Jazz band has struggled to find a high-level backup point guard. It’s a problem that has cropped up more than once over the years.
However, for five years in the mid-to-late ’90s (then again during the 2004-05 season), they had a gem in Howard Eisley. In relief of John Stockton, Eisley was a key contributor for a Jazz squad that reached two NBA Finals. Even in his early days, his feel for the game was openly praised by legendary Jazz coach Jerry Sloan.
It’s no wonder he’s now one of the league’s top assistants under former Jazzman Jeff Hornacek with the New York Knicks.
Sorry, Mr. Hill — 49 games with the team does not a Top 5’er make.
Jazz stats: 435 GP, 19.2 MPG; 6.4 points and 3.4 assists per contest.