Utah Jazz: The 50 greatest players in franchise history

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All-time greatest Utah Jazz players: No. 37 Bob Hansen

  • Seasons with the franchise: Seven (1983-84 to 1989-90)
  • Regular-season games played: 471
  • Averages as a Jazzman: 7.5 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.1 blocks
  • Shooting percentages: 47.7 from the field, 33.5 from three, 67.9 from the foul line
  • Playoff games with Utah: 40
  • Postseason averages: 9.8 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.1 blocks

There are several reasons for Bob Hansen appearing this high on the all-time list of Utah Jazz greats despite his never quite averaging double-digit points and serving as only a so-so shooter from either beyond the arc or the charity stripe.

The 6-foot-6 guard’s relative longevity and his four-year starting role in Salt Lake City definitely factor into the equation. So too does the franchise’s general improvement from one year to the next during his time as a Jazzman.

Finally, Hansen’s known defensive prowess on the perimeter helps to break the tie he was in with several of the names that came before him here.