Utah Jazz: The 50 greatest players in franchise history

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All-time greatest Utah Jazz players: No. 3 Adrian Dantley

  • Seasons with the franchise: Seven (1979-80 to 1985-86)
  • Regular-season games played: 461
  • Averages as a Jazzman: 29.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.1 blocks
  • Shooting percentages: 56.2 from the field, 18.5 from three, 81.8 from the foul line
  • Playoff games with Utah: 21
  • Postseason averages: 28.9 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.0 blocks

The Teacher.

Hall of Famer Adrian Dantley was a journeyman after going No. 6 overall at the 1976 NBA Draft. Yet his prime years came in Salt Lake City following his trade from the Los Angeles Lakers in 1979.

Coinciding with the early years of the next two guys on this list, the 6-foot-5 forward became one of the first well-known faces for the Utah Jazz before his trade to the Detroit Pistons in 1986. While not exactly a lockdown defender, Dantley was a six-time All-Star nonetheless and led the league in scoring twice: 1980-81 and 1983-84.

Now, Dantley continues to stand as the only Jazzman in history to average more than 30 points per game in four different seasons; obviously, Donovan Mitchell is likely the only present-day Utah player with any chance to someday match that feat.