Utah Jazz: The 50 greatest players in franchise history

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All-time greatest Utah Jazz players: No. 49 EC Coleman (New Orleans)

  • Seasons with the franchise: Three (1974-75 to 1976-77)
  • Regular-season games played: 221
  • Averages as a Jazzman: 8.0 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.4 blocks
  • Shooting percentages: 45.3 from the field, 70.0 from the foul line
  • Playoff games with New Orleans: None

EC Coleman played on the first three teams of the Jazz’s existence. And even though the 6-foot-8 power forward wasn’t a flashy playmaker or consistent bucket-getter, there is no doubt his defensive prowess was of the top-shelf variety.

An All-Defensive First Team selection at age 25 in his final season with the franchise, Coleman was both a strong rebounder and lockdown defender.

However, as detailed in regards to this next player on the list, those early New Orleans squads were never close to being an NBA power back in those days. So assuming there are plenty more Jazz sensations to come in the future, his contributions for a non-contender might not equate to his appearance on this list much longer.