Utah Jazz: The 50 greatest players in franchise history

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All-time greatest Utah Jazz players: No. 41 Jim McElroy (New Orleans)

  • Seasons with the franchise: Four (1975-76 to 1978-79)
  • Regular-season games played: 277
  • Averages as a Jazzman: 11.5 points, 2.4 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.3 blocks
  • Shooting percentages: 48.4 from the field, 75.8 from the foul line
  • Playoff games with New Orleans: None

True, none of the five New Orleans Jazz teams won more than 40 games or reached the postseason.

However, by the final season before the move to Utah, which was also the final season of Jim McElroy as a Jazzman, the 6-foot-3 guard and former third-round pick out of Central Michigan had become a potent offensive weapon, albeit for a team that won only 26 games.

McElroy averaged 16.9 points and 5.7 assists while shooting 49.1 percent from the field across the 79 games he played that final season in Louisiana. And all of those numbers wound up being his career-highs as a seven-year pro.