Utah Jazz: The 50 greatest players in franchise history

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All-time greatest Utah Jazz players: No. 29 Gail Goodrich (New Orleans)

  • Seasons with the franchise: Three (1976-77 to 1978-79)
  • Regular-season games played: 182
  • Averages as a Jazzman: 14.2 points, 2.3 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.2 blocks
  • Shooting percentages: 47.1 from the field, 81.5 from the foul line
  • Playoff games with New Orleans: None

Stumpy. The Stump.

Gail Goodrich arrived with the Utah Jazz as a savvy free-agent veteran at the age of 33 in 1976 after spending 11 combined seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns.

Playing alongside the legendary Pete Maravich in the Jazz backcourt for the franchise’s last three seasons in New Orleans, the 6-foot-1 guard consistently averaged more than 12 points and more than 4.5 assists per game while serving as another reliable shooter from all over the court.

However, Goodrich did not end up on the first Utah Jazz roster in 1979-80 and retired at the age of 35 after contributing to three consecutive losing-record teams in New Orleans. Also, it’s worth noting here that none of the UCLA product’s five All-Star nods took place while he was a Jazzman.