1974–-- 1979: Early years in New Orleans with Pete Maravich
Pete Maravich bet the Jazz from 1974 to 1980.
On June 7, 1974, the New Orleans Jazz were admitted as an expansion franchise National Basketball Association (NBA). Team officials selected the name since of its definition in the dictionary: cumulative improvisation.
The team started its inaugural season in New Orleans 1974–-- 75 season. The team's first significant move was to trade for star gamer Pete Maravich (who had played college basketball at LSU) from the Atlanta Hawks for two first-round draft choices, 3 second-round choices, and one third-round choice over the next three years.
Although he was thought about one of the most amusing gamers in the league and won the scoring championship for the 1976–-- 77 season with 31.1 points per game, allure's finest record while in New Orleans was 39–-- 43 in the 1977–-- 78 season. Maravich dealt with knee injuries from that season onward until they ended in 1985.
Venue problems were a continuous issue for the team while it was based in New Orleans. In the Jazz's first season, they played in the Community Auditorium Loyola Field Home, where the basketball court was raised so high that the NBA Players Association made the team put a net around the court to avoid players from falling off of the court and into the stands.
Later, the Jazz played games in the spacious Louisiana Superdome, but things were no much better, because of high demand for the arena, difficult lease terms, and Maravich's consistent knee issues. They also dealt with the prospect of investing a whole month on the road each year due to the fact that of New Orleans' Mardi Gras festivities, comparable to the long journey dealt with by the San Antonio Spurs each season during their city's rodeo Years later on, establishing owner Sam Battistone claimed that there was no contingency plan in case allure had actually ever received the playoffs. Nevertheless, the Superdome's supervisor at the time, Costs Curl, stated that the stadium's management always submitted a list of prospective playoff dates to allure management, but these letters were never ever addressed.
After what turned out to be their final season in New Orleans, allure were dealt an additional humiliation when the Los Angeles Lakers Magic Johnson with the first total pick in the 1979 NBA draft. The pick would have been allure's had they not traded it to acquire Gail Goodrich two years earlier. Likewise, the Jazz had actually quit the rights to Moses Malone in order to gain back one of the three first-round choices used for the Goodrich trade; the mix of Johnson and Malone progressing into Hall of Famers and Goodrich's inefficient, injury-ruined couple of years in New Orleans made this transaction one of the most lopsided in NBA history.
Relocating to Utah
Despite being barely competitive, allure drew well during their very first five years. Nevertheless, by 1979 the franchise was sinking financially. Barry Mendelson, the team's executive vice president for the majority of the early years, stated one consider the monetary difficulty was an 11-percent amusement tax, greatest in the U.S. at the time. The team likewise could not attract much local corporate assistance a crucial factor even in those days or local investors.
Choosing that the Jazz might not be feasible in New Orleans, Battistone decided to move elsewhere. After hunting several brand-new homes, he picked Salt Lake City, despite the fact that it was a smaller sized market. Salt Lake City had actually formerly been house to the Utah Stars American Basketball Association (ABA) from 1970 to 1976.
The Stars had actually been very popular in the city and had even won an ABA title in their first season after moving from Los Angeles. However, their financial circumstance degraded in their last two seasons, and they were closed down by the league 16 video games into the 1975–-- 76 season in December 1975 after missing payroll. Although Salt Lake City was not understood for its jazz culture, the team chose to keep the name, as there was not enough time prior to the start of the 1979–-- 80 season to receive league approval for a name change.
The Jazz likewise protected the initial Mardi Gras -themed colors: green, purple, and gold. As an outcome of the move, of the 3 ABA groups that were overlooked of the ABA–-- NBA merger, the erstwhile Utah Stars are the only one to have eventually been changed by an NBA team.
1979–-- 1984: Frank Layden era
Allure's attendance declined slightly after the group's relocation from New Orleans to Utah, partially because of a late approval for the relocation (June 1979) and also bad marketing in the Salt Lake City location.
The group's management made the very first of numerous relocations in 1979, bringing high-scoring forward Adrian Dantley to Utah in exchange for Spencer Haywood. Dantley averaged 28 points per video game during the 1979–-- 80 season, allowing the team to waive Pete Maravich early in the year. The team struggled to a 24–-- 58 mark, but was rewarded with the 2nd total choice in the 1980 NBA draft, which they utilized to pick Darrell Griffith Louisville, another piece of the rebuilding puzzle.
During the 1980–-- 81 NBA season, allure had a hard time financially along with on the court. Despite having seasonal All-Star Dantley, 20-point-per-game scorer and Novice of the Year Griffith and emerging point player Rickey Green, the Jazz were still not able to get above.500, ending up 25–-- 57.
Tom Nissalke departed as coach after allure began the 1981–-- 82 season 8–-- 12, and basic supervisor Frank Layden changed him. Layden's coaching was not an improvement early on, as the Jazz went 17–-- 45 the rest of that season to complete 25–-- 57.
1982 NBA draft saw the Jazz pick Georgia Dominique Wilkins, though the team would have chosen either James Worthy Terry Cummings, however those players went 1–-- 2 to the Lakers and Clippers respectively. Utah had been positive that the Lakers would take Wilkins, which would have provided a shot at either of the other top forwards (they favored Cummings over Worthwhile due to the fact that Cummings had actually revealed he might play both little and power forward). Nevertheless, Utah was not aware that the Lakers had looked into both Worthwhile and Wilkins and picked Deserving out of issue about Wilkins' perceived selfishness. Battistone's ongoing financial issues, combined with Wilkins making it clear he did not want to play in Utah, resulted in allure sending Wilkins to Atlanta in return for John Drew Freeman Williams. This trade, even thinking about the circumstances, ended up being among the most one-sided handle NBA history. Wilkins would go on to a Hall of Fame profession, while Drew and Williams would only play a combined 4 seasons with the Jazz.
In the 1982–-- 83 season, leading scorer Dantley missed 60 of 82 video games and newcomer Drew also missed time, playing in only 44 video games. The Jazz wound up being led by Griffith (22.2 points per video game), Green (14.3 points per video game) and Danny Schayes (12.4 points per game). A rookie 7'4 center, Mark Eaton, manned the post. The group completed 30–-- 52, still out of the playoffs, but an enhancement over current years.
1983 NBA draft, allure used their first-round choice, seventh overall, to choose Thurl Bailey, and later took Bob Hansen in the third round, 54th general.
1983–-- 84 opened as a season of uncertainty. The team was losing cash, and management was crafting stunts, such as playing games at the Thomas & & Mack Center Las Vegas, to assist the group become more rewarding.
The group was reported to be moving as an outcome of Battistone's money lack as well as the truth they were playing in the league's smallest market. Nevertheless, fortunes on the court enhanced, with a healthy Dantley, Jeff Wilkins, and novice Bailey at the forward positions, Eaton and Rich Kelley collectively manning the post, Green and Griffith at the guards, and Drew including 17 points per game off the bench. They went 45–-- 37 and won the Midwest Department, the first winning season and department champion in team history.
Allure advanced to the playoffs, beating the Denver Nuggets 3–-- 2 in the first round, and proceeding to play the Phoenix Suns in the 2nd round. In spite of having house court benefit in the best-of-seven series, allure lost to the more experienced Suns, 4–-- 2.
1996–-- 1998: Reaching the NBA Finals
In the next two seasons, allure were finally able to capitalize on regular-season success. In allure had the best record in franchise history (64–-- 18), won the Midwest Division and ended up with the best record in the Western Conference. The team included Stockton Malone Hornacek, along with Bryon Russell Antoine Carr Howard Eisley Shandon Anderson. Malone won his first NBA MVP award, averaging 27.4 points, 9.9 rebounds and 4.5 helps per video game.
Allure reached the NBA Finals for the first time after beating the Clippers 3–-- 0, Lakers 4–-- 1 and Rockets 4–-- 2. Allure then met Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls in the Finals, losing the series 4–-- 2, with the last two games decided in the last seconds (scores of 90–-- 88 and 90–-- 86).
During the off-season, allure made no changes to the lineup. As the season neared, they were anticipated to be contenders for the champion once again. Nevertheless, Stockton suffered a severe knee injury prior to the season, and missed the first 18 video games, in which the Jazz went 11–-- 7.
On February 17, 1998, at the NBA trade due date, allure consummated a trade with the Orlando Magic, to acquire center Rony Seikaly in an attempt to bolster their center rotation. However, Seikaly declined to report within the mandated 2 days required by NBA rules. From there, the trade was called off, and allure took Chris Morris & & Greg Foster back. Rumors had Seikaly with a serious foot injury; however, Seikaly firmly insisted the Jazz torpedoed the offer and that he wanted to bet them; nevertheless, Seikaly's refusal to report successfully eliminated the deal.
After the trade was off, Orlando pivoted and traded Seikaly to the New Jersey Nets, where he would play a total of 18 games over the next 1 1/2 seasons prior to retiring from the NBA.
The Jazz played much better after Stockton returned from his early-season injury. The team went 51–-- 13 over the last 64 games, to end up at 62–-- 20, and won the Midwest Division and got home-court benefit for the playoffs In the playoffs, allure beat Houston 3–-- 2, and San Antonio 4–-- 1, to advance to the Western Conference Finals for the third straight year. Utah, with a veteran roster of Stockton, Malone and Hornacek, faced a Los Angeles Lakers team led by superstar Shaquille O'Neal Eddie Jones Nick Van Exel and a young Kobe Bryant. The Jazz set the tone for the series with a win in Game 1, 112–-- 77. Video game 2, a 99–-- 95 Jazz victory, and Games 3 and 4 in Los Angeles were decided by an average of 7.5 points. The Jazz swept the Lakers and made a second consecutive trip to the NBA Finals.
1998 NBA Finals (again versus the Chicago Bulls), allure took Game 1 in the house, 88–-- 85 in overtime. However, the Bulls overcame a slow start to win Video game 2, 93–-- 88, quickly took Game 3, 96–-- 54, and won Video game 4, 86–-- 82, to lead the series 3–-- 1. The Jazz resisted and won Game 5 on the road, 83–-- 81, to route 3–-- 2 in the series, with Game 6 (and a Video game 7 if required) in Salt Lake City. The Jazz held a lead in the majority of Video game 6, but the Bulls rallied, and in the last seconds of the game, Michael Jordan took the ball from Malone on the last Jazz possession and then made a popular dive shot to win the game, 87–-- 86, and the series for Chicago, 4–-- 2.
2017: Arrival of Donovan Mitchell
Donovan Mitchell was selected 13th overall in the 2017 NBA draft Donovan Mitchell was picked with the 13th general pick in the 2017 NBA draft by the Denver Nuggets, who instantly traded Mitchell's rights to the Jazz in exchange for Trey Lyles. The Jazz also obtained veteran Ricky Rubio to play the point guard position.
The Jazz began the 2017–-- 18 season poorly, with an injury to Gobert and a lack of scoring leaving them with a 17–-- 21 record by the end of December. In the second half of the season, allure made rookie Mitchell a starter, and he subsequently led the group and all rookies in the league in points scored. Mitchell went on to climax for the most three-pointers ever made by a rookie.
The team improved significantly as a scoring team, and with the return of Gobert and enhanced play of Rubio, allure finished the season on a 32–-- 13 run and ended with a 48–-- 34 record. The late-season burst made the Jazz a no. 5 seed in the 2018 NBA playoffs, where they went on to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 4–-- 2 in the first round before losing in the 2nd Round to the Houston Firecrackers in 5 video games. After the season, Rudy Gobert NBA Defensive Gamer of the Year Donovan Mitchell was runner-up in the Rookie of the Year voting, Quin Snyder was runner-up Coach of the Year, and basic supervisor Dennis Lindsey was runner-up Executive of the Year.
2020–-- 21: Three All-Stars and Contention
On October 28, 2020, the Utah Jazz organization announced that Ryan Smith, a Utah native and the billionaire co-founder of Qualtrics, had purchased the group from the Miller family. Smith concurred at the time of the sale to honor the terms of the tradition trust into which the Millers had actually placed the Jazz organization, consisting of the arrangement requiring the group to be kept in Utah.
On April 16, 2021, allure revealed that Dwyane Wade had acquired a minority ownership stake in the team and was expected to have hands-on involvement in group operations.
Allure started their 2020–-- 21 season with an NBA-best and franchise-record 23–-- 5 start, with Donovan Mitchell leading the team in scoring and Jordan Clarkson becoming the frontrunner for Sixth Guy of the Year.
On February 17, 2021, head coach Quin Snyder was revealed as the head coach of the Western Conference group for the 2021 NBA All-Star Video game, ending up being the very first Jazz coach so honored given that Frank Layden On February 23, Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert were announced as All-Star reserves for the 2nd successive season, with Mitchell also slated to complete in the three-point contest.
On March 5, Mike Conley was picked as an All-Star reserve for the very first time in his profession, replacing the injured Devin Booker Conley was also revealed as Booker's replacement in the three-point contest.
This marked the second time in franchise history (the very first being John Stockton Karl Malone Mark Eaton) that three Jazz players had actually been selected as All-Stars.
alleged through Twitter that Dennis Lindsey (then the group's general manager) had actually made a racist remark to him during an interview in 2015. Both Lindsey and Quin Snyder, who existed for the conversation, adamantly rejected the accusations. Allure consequently announced that independent counsel had actually been maintained by the organization to investigate whether the claims held true.
On March 16, the NBA revealed that this investigation had concluded that there was no proof Lindsey had made the remarks, citing the fact that no one related to the conference might support Millsap's story (including Millsap's own representative, who validated that Millsap had actually never mentioned the incident to him at the time). Allure company consequently cleared Lindsey of any wrongdoing.
On May 16, 2021, the Jazz beat the Sacramento Kings 121-99 to clinch sole ownership of the very best regular season record in the NBA for the very first time in franchise history (allure had actually tied for the best record in 1998 and 1999).
In the preliminary of the 2021 NBA playoffs, allure played the eighth-seeded Memphis Grizzlies. After losing video game 1 in an unexpected house disturbed with Donovan Mitchell held out due to lingering injury concerns, allure won the next 4 games to advance to the Western Conference semifinals. Mitchell shot an outstanding 11-16 from the field during game 5, scoring 30 points and taping 10 helps to assist allure seal the series. In the 2nd round, the Jazz played the fourth-seeded Los Angeles Clippers. Regardless of winning the very first two games in your home, allure were eliminated from the playoffs after the Clippers won the next 4 video games.
When the team relocated to Utah in 1979, the Jazz made slight modifications to their uniforms. The home uniforms remained the exact same, with the word Utah added to the center chest logo in the 1986–-- 87 season. The roadway uniforms were changed to dark green, with the abovementioned Jazz logo design on the center chest and gold numbers. For the 1984–-- 85 season, they were changed back to purple, this time with gold numbers and white trim, in addition to the addition of the word 'Utah' on the logo design. These uniforms were used until the 1995–-- 96 season 1996–-- 97 season, allure significantly upgraded their logos and uniforms, with a new color scheme of purple (somewhat lighter from the previous shade), copper and turquoise. Their new consistent set featured a silhouette of the Wasatch Range on the center chest, with a stylish new Jazz script, and purple and blue-green information. On the road purple jersey, the white mountain range slowly fades to purple simply above the numbers, which are white, with copper interior trim and teal outlining. On the home white jersey, the numbers are purple, with white interior trim and teal describing. The Jazz wore these uniforms until the 2003–-- 04 season Allure also introduced an alternate black uniform in the 1998–-- 99 season, with allure script on the center chest, but without the Wasatch Range silhouette. On this jersey, both the Jazz script and numbers are white, with purple interior trim and copper laying out, and copper side panels. This uniform was worn up until the 2003–-- 04 season.
2004–-- 05 season, allure once again updated their color pattern, logos and uniforms. The new color scheme, which the team used till the end of the 2009–-- 10 season, included navy blue, powder blue, silver and purple, though the latter color was just used on the main and alternate logos. The team logo design stayed significantly the same, with the exception of the brand-new color variation. The brand-new house uniform included an upgraded Jazz script on the center chest in navy blue, with navy numbers, both of which had silver interior trim and powder blue laying out. The new roadway uniform was navy blue, with a Utah script in powder blue on the center chest and powder blue numbers, both of which had silver detailing and white interior trim.
2006–-- 07 season, allure presented a new alternate powder blue uniform. This uniform, which the group wore till the end of the 2009–-- 10 season, included a Jazz script identical to the team logo design and navy blue numbers listed below the script, also with silver and white trim. The nameplate on the back of the jersey was navy blue.
The team's original 'J-note' logo was restored in the 2008–-- 09 season, however was only used on television broadcasts and in the group's then-current colors.
On June 15, 2010, allure revealed a new logo and color design on the team's official site.
2010–-- 11 season, the Jazz kept the mountain logo design as the main logo, however in a brand-new color design of navy blue, gold, dark green & & gray, though the latter color was dropped after the 2015–-- 16 season. The 'J-note' logo returned to its initial green-and-gold plan, but the navy blue was maintained.
The brand-new uniform set, which was revealed on August 16, features a style almost similar to the group's abovementioned 1970s uniform designs, with the following differences: navy blue changing purple on the roadway uniform, dark green numerals on the house white jerseys, a V-neck on both the home and road jerseys and side panels on both the home and away jerseys. The new uniforms were a combination of both the old and new styles, with navy blue retained from the most current color pattern, but the now-famous 'J-note' logo design and gold and green were restored.
Allure unveiled an alternate jersey on December 9, 2011, that resembles their road jersey, but swaps the navy and green colors so that the primary is green, with a navy stripe on the side.
This uniform was worn till the 2015–-- 16 season.
On Might 12, 2016, the Jazz updated their logo designs and uniforms. The team selected its wordmark logo as its new main logo, with the addition of the word 'Utah' above the 2 Z's; due to the fact that of that, the team ceased using the mountain logo, which had actually been used given that 1996. A brand-new house court style was likewise unveiled. Home and road uniform modifications included the development of a brand-new, customized number typeface. To accompany the make over, two brand-new alternate uniforms were presented: a customized green alternate, with a Utah script arched in white, and a new navy sleeved alternate featuring the white 'J-note' logo design on the right breast and numbers on the left breast in gold, with green, gold and white stripes listed below the chest.
In 2017, as part of the switch to Nike as the NBA's uniform service provider, allure made some minor modifications to their uniform set. While the white Association and navy Icon uniforms stayed mainly undamaged, allure retired their green and navy sleeved alternates in favor of a gold Statement uniform, featuring the navy 'J-note' logo and green numbers. The City uniform was influenced from the red rock formations found in Southern Utah, and it featured a gradient of gold, orange, burgundy and black.
After a three-season run, the Jazz replaced their original City uniform with a comparable style, but with the gradient reversed so that it fades to black.
NBA guidelines require a new City uniform to be launched every one to three years.
Also part of the Nike rotation is the Earned uniform, which is given only to teams who certified in the NBA playoffs the previous season. The Earned uniform, however, is only utilized in select seasons, unlike the other uniforms. The 2019 version mirrored that of the Declaration uniform except with a dark green base and absence of navy components.
The 2021 variation was similar however with a light Kelly green base (a nod to the early 1980s green uniforms) and various striping patterns.