Counting down the five greatest floor generals in Utah Jazz history

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Utah Jazz Howard Eisley

MINNEAPOLIS – APRIL 6: Howard Eisley #6 of the Utah Jazz drives to the basket against Michael Olowokandi #34 of the Minnesota Timberwolves on April 6, 2005 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2005 NBAE (Photo By Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE via Getty Images)

Howard Eisley

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.

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