Utah Jazz: The 50 greatest players in franchise history

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Utah Jazz forward Royce O’Neale (Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports) /

All-time greatest Utah Jazz players: No. 36 Royce O’Neale

  • Seasons with the franchise: Four (active)
  • Regular-season games played: 276
  • Averages as a Jazzman: 5.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.4 blocks
  • Shooting percentages: 44.1 from the field, 37.5 from three, 79.3 from the foul line
  • Playoff games with Utah: 23
  • Postseason averages: 7.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.3 steals

Big Meal.

Royce O’Neale is another player with stats that don’t jump off the page but whose dirty-work contributions are immeasurable.

Yet despite a somewhat low number of shot attempts per 36 minutes in comparison to others at his position in the regular rotation, O’Neale is actually fairly reliable when left open from beyond the arc. Plus, the 6-foot-4 forward consistently knocks down his free throws and rarely turns the ball over.

Without his overall presence this year, most notably his rebounding ability and defensive versatility, it’s highly doubtful the Utah Jazz would still own the best record in the league. Indeed, there’s a reason fans tend to trust him. In just his fourth NBA season after going undrafted out of Baylor, O’Neale has already proven to be a team-first guy and, because of that, an obvious winner.

Simple as that.