Adrian Dantley

Adrian Delano Dantley (born February 28, 1956[1]) is an American retired basketball player who played 15 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). A forward and six-time NBA All-Star, he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008. In 2010, he was appointed acting head coach of the Denver Nuggets in the absence of stricken head coach George Karl.

Adrian Dantley
Personal information
BornFebruary 28, 1956 (age 63)
Washington, D.C.
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight208 lb (94 kg)
Career information
High schoolDeMatha Catholic
(Hyattsville, Maryland)
CollegeNotre Dame (1973–1976)
NBA draft1976 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6th overall
Selected by the Buffalo Braves
Playing career1976–1991
PositionSmall forward
Number44, 4, 45, 7
Career history
1976–1977Buffalo Braves
1977Indiana Pacers
19771979Los Angeles Lakers
19791986Utah Jazz
19861989Detroit Pistons
19891990Dallas Mavericks
1990–1991Milwaukee Bucks
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points23,177 (24.3 ppg)
Rebounds5,455 (5.7 rpg)
Assists2,830 (3.0 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Basketball Hall of Fame as player

College and before

Dantley attended DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland, where he played under coach Morgan Wootten and assistant coach Terry Truax.[2]

Dantley was a forward at Notre Dame from 1973 to 1976. He was a consensus first-team All-American in 1974–75 and 1975–76. He ranks second on Notre Dame's career scoring list with 2,223 points and holds the school record for free throws made (615) and free throws attempted (769).

Dantley had a stellar collegiate career for the Fighting Irish. As a freshman, he played an important role in one of the biggest games in college basketball history, Notre Dame's 1974 upset to end UCLA's record 88-game winning streak. That UCLA team, coached by John Wooden, featured Bill Walton, Jamaal Wilkes (then known as Keith Wilkes), and Dave Meyer.

Dantley led Notre Dame in scoring in 1974–75 (30.4 points per game) and 1975–76 (28.6 points per game), while also leading the team in rebounding those two seasons with marks of 10.2 and 10.1 rebounds per game, respectively. He was also the leading scorer on the 1976 US Olympic team that captured the gold medal in Montreal.

Dantley turned pro in 1976 after his third season at Notre Dame. He graduated from Notre Dame with a degree in economics in August 1978.[3]

NBA

Buffalo Braves

In the 1976 NBA draft Dantley was drafted sixth overall by the Buffalo Braves. He became the third Buffalo player in five years to receive the NBA Rookie of the Year Award when he won it after the 1977 season.

Indiana Pacers

Buffalo traded Dantley to the Indiana Pacers before the 1977–78 NBA season, making him the first NBA Rookie of the Year to be traded following his rookie season. Indiana traded him after 23 games to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Los Angeles Lakers

He stayed with the Lakers through the following season before being traded again, this time to the Utah Jazz. It was the third time in two years that he had been traded; the Jazz were his fourth team in as many years in the league.

Utah Jazz

In Utah, Dantley reached his peak establishing his reputation as a prolific scorer, twice leading the league in scoring (in 1981 and 1984). He averaged over 30 points per game each season between 1981 and 1984, though he missed 60 games in 1983 after tearing ligaments in his right wrist. In his seven years with the Jazz, Dantley picked up all six of his All-Star appearances and two All-NBA second-team honors. Dantley's 1980–1984 seasons include two of the top three and four of the top seven spots in true shooting percentage for players averaging at least 30 points per game.[4]

Detroit Pistons

Utah traded Dantley to the Detroit Pistons after the 1986 season. Dantley was still an effective scorer but did not get as many shots with Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, Vinnie Johnson, and Bill Laimbeer all averaging at least 10 points per game. Midway through the 1989 season Detroit traded Dantley to the Dallas Mavericks for Mark Aguirre.

Final Years and Retirement

Dantley played two more seasons in the NBA before retiring after a 13-game stint with the Milwaukee Bucks in 1991.

Dantley finished his career with an average of 24.3 points per game. He scored his points with a mix of flat-footed mid-range jump shots, high-percentage opportunities close to the basket, and frequent trips to the free throw line. For his career, he shot .540 from the floor—16th in NBA history—and .818 from the free throw line. He led the league in free throws six times and ranks ninth all-time in that category. He shares the record with Wilt Chamberlain for most free throws made in a regular-season NBA game with 28.

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
* Led the league

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1976–77 Buffalo 77 36.6 .520 .818 7.6 1.9 1.2 0.2 20.3
1977–78 Indiana 23 41.2 .499 .787 9.4 2.8 2.1 0.7 26.5
1977–78 L.A. Lakers 56 35.4 .520 .801 7.2 3.4 1.3 0.1 19.4
1978–79 L.A. Lakers 60 29.6 .510 .854 5.7 2.3 1.1 0.2 17.3
1979–80 Utah 68 39.3 .576 .000 .842 7.6 2.8 1.4 0.2 28.0
1980–81 Utah 80 42.7* .559 .286 .806 6.4 4.0 1.4 0.2 30.7*
1981–82 Utah 81 81 39.8 .570 .333 .792 6.3 4.0 1.2 0.2 30.3
1982–83 Utah 22 22 40.3 .580 .847 6.4 4.8 0.9 0.0 30.7
1983–84 Utah 79 79 37.8 .558 .250 .859 5.7 3.9 0.8 0.1 30.6*
1984–85 Utah 55 46 35.8 .531 .804 5.9 3.4 1.0 0.1 26.6
1985–86 Utah 76 75 36.1 .563 .091 .791 5.2 3.5 0.8 0.1 29.8
1986–87 Detroit 81 81 33.8 .534 .167 .812 4.1 2.0 0.8 0.1 21.5
1987–88 Detroit 69 50 31.1 .514 .000 .860 3.3 2.5 0.6 0.1 20.0
1988–89 Detroit 42 42 31.9 .521 .839 3.9 2.2 0.5 0.1 18.4
1988–89 Dallas 31 25 34.9 .462 .000 .776 4.9 2.5 0.6 0.2 20.3
1989–90 Dallas 45 45 28.9 .477 .000 .787 3.8 1.8 0.4 0.2 14.7
1990–91 Milwaukee 10 0 12.6 .380 .333 .692 1.3 0.9 0.5 0.0 5.7
Career 955 546 35.8 .540 .171 .818 5.7 3.0 1.0 0.2 24.3
All-Star 6 5 21.7 .426 .895 3.8 1.2 1.0 0.0 10.5

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1978 L.A. Lakers 3 34.7 .571 .647 8.3 3.7 1.7 1.0 17.0
1979 L.A. Lakers 8 29.5 .562 .788 4.1 1.4 0.8 0.1 17.6
1984 Utah 11 41.3 .504 .863 7.5 4.2 0.9 0.1 32.2
1985 Utah 10 10 39.8 .523 .000 .779 7.5 2.0 1.6 0.0 25.3
1987 Detroit 15 15 33.3 .539 .775 4.5 2.3 0.9 0.0 20.5
1988 Detroit 23 23 35.0 .524 .000 .787 4.7 2.0 0.8 0.0 19.4
1991 Milwaukee 3 0 6.3 .143 .750 1.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.7
Career 73 48 34.5 .525 .000 .796 5.4 2.3 0.9 0.1 21.3

Honors

Utah retired Dantley's uniform number (#4) on April 11, 2007.

Dantley enjoyed outstanding success at every level of basketball, including high school, college, Olympics, and the NBA. On April 7, 2008, he was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame, 16 years after he retired.

Coaching

Dantley was an assistant basketball coach at then-Towson State from August 1993 to 1996.[2][5] Dantley had played for Towson head coach Terry Truax in high school.[2]

Dantley later worked for the Denver Nuggets as an assistant coach for eight seasons. He briefly served as the team's head coach during the 2009–10 NBA season, filling in for George Karl, who was fighting cancer.[6]

In addition to playing professionally, in his spare time, Dantley coaches basketball to aspiring players in Silver Spring, Maryland.[7]

Personal life

His son Cameron Dantley was the starting quarterback for the Syracuse Orange during the 2008 season.[8]

Since 2013 Dantley has been working part-time as a crossing guard for Maryland's Montgomery County Public Schools. He has said that he likes both the job and the fact that it provides health benefits.[9][10]

Dantley also works as a referee for high school and receational league games in the DC area.[11]

See also

References

  1. ^ Aschburner, Steve (March 1, 2013). "NBA Legend Dantley Celebrates B-Day With Extra Candle". NBA.com.
  2. ^ a b c "Dantley named assistant for Towson basketball". The Baltimore Sun. August 20, 1993. Retrieved March 2, 2018. Truax was an assistant to Morgan Wootten at DeMatha in 1969-70, during Dantley's career with the Stags.
  3. ^ Somogyi, Lou (March 12, 2016). "Notre Dame's Adrian Dantley Honored As ACC Legend". BlueAndGold.com. Retrieved April 29, 2018.
  4. ^ "Best true shooting percentage with more than 30 PPG". StatMuse.
  5. ^ "Towson Mourns Loss of Legendary Basketball Coach Terry Truax". TowsonTigers.com. Towson Athletics. February 17, 2015. Retrieved March 2, 2018.
  6. ^ Hochman, Benjamin (June 26, 2011). "Nuggets do not renew Dantley's contract". The Denver Post. Retrieved December 26, 2013.
  7. ^ "Train with Adrian, a Basketball coach on CoachUp". CoachUp.
  8. ^ Berman, Zach (April 3, 2007). "Berman: Dark horse Dantley making name for himself after earning scholarship". The Daily Orange. Retrieved August 19, 2016.
  9. ^ Cloherty, Megan (March 18, 2013). "Former NBA great Adrian Dantley works as crossing guard in Montgomery Co". WTOP. Retrieved March 2, 2018.
  10. ^ Doren, Jenny (March 20, 2013). "Adrian Dantley, NBA Hall of Famer, loves being a school crossing guard in Silver Spring". WJLA. Retrieved March 2, 2018.
  11. ^ McKenna, Dave (March 8, 2019). "Adrian Dantley Returned To The Site Of A Legendary Prep Hoops Debacle, This Time As A Kids' Rec League Ref". Deadspin. Retrieved March 8, 2019.

External links

1975 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans

The consensus 1975 College Basketball All-American team, as determined by aggregating the results of four major All-American teams. To earn "consensus" status, a player must win honors from a majority of the following teams: the Associated Press, the USBWA, The United Press International and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

1976 NBA draft

The 1976 NBA draft was the 30th annual draft of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The draft was held on June 8, 1976, before the 1976–77 season. In this draft, 18 NBA teams took turns selecting amateur U.S. college basketball players and other eligible players, including international players. The first two picks in the draft belonged to the teams that finished last in each conference, with the order determined by a coin flip. The Atlanta Hawks won the coin flip and were awarded the first overall pick, while the Chicago Bulls were awarded the second pick. The Hawks then traded the first pick to the Houston Rockets before the draft. The remaining first-round picks and the subsequent rounds were assigned to teams in reverse order of their win–loss record in the previous season. The New York Knicks forfeited their first-round draft pick due to their illegal signing of George McGinnis whose rights were held by the Philadelphia 76ers. The 76ers, the Golden State Warriors and the Buffalo Braves also forfeited their second, third and fourth-round picks respectively due to their participation in 1975 supplementary draft American Basketball Association (ABA) players who had never been drafted in the NBA. A player who had finished his four-year college eligibility was eligible for selection. If a player left college early, he would not be eligible for selection until his college class graduated. Before the draft, 26 college underclassmen were declared eligible for selection under the "hardship" rule. 13 of them withdrew before the draft, leaving only 13 early entry candidates eligible for selection. These players had applied and gave evidence of financial hardship to the league, which granted them the right to start earning their living by starting their professional careers earlier. The draft consisted of 10 rounds comprising the selection of 173 players. On August 8, 1976, the league also hosted a Dispersal draft for ABA players from the Kentucky Colonels and Spirits of St. Louis, who were not included in the ABA–NBA merger.

1976 NCAA Men's Basketball All-Americans

The consensus 1976 College Basketball All-American team, as determined by aggregating the results of four major All-American teams. To earn "consensus" status, a player must win honors from a majority of the following teams: the Associated Press, the USBWA, The United Press International and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

1976–77 Buffalo Braves season

The 1976–77 NBA season was the Braves seventh season in the NBA. The Braves were purchased by John Y. Brown, Jr., the former owner of the Kentucky Colonels in the now defunct American Basketball Association for $6.2 million. As part of an agreement with the Braves' former owner, Paul Snyder, Brown would give Snyder money received in player deals to reduce the purchase price. The sell-off began shortly after the season, as the Braves sold newly acquired Moses Malone. Malone was acquired in a trade with the Portland Trail Blazers after the ABA dispersal draft. Malone was now off to the Houston Rockets. The selling of players continued into the season as Bob McAdoo was sold to the New York Knicks. While the deals helped Brown pay virtually nothing for the franchise, it turned a promising franchise into a rebuilding one. Attendance fell off as the Braves finished in 4th place with a 30-52 record. The only spotlight was rookie Adrian Dantley, who captured Rookie of the Year honors with 20.3 points per game. However Dantley himself was traded following the season to the Indiana Pacers for Billy Knight.

1976–77 NBA season

The 1976–77 NBA season was the 31st season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Portland Trail Blazers winning their first NBA Championship in franchise history, beating the Philadelphia 76ers in six games in the NBA Finals.

Prior to the season, the NBA merged with its primary rival league, the American Basketball Association (ABA). Four ABA teams joined the NBA, all four of which are still in the league today: the San Antonio Spurs, Indiana Pacers, Denver Nuggets, and New York Nets. The Nets became the New Jersey Nets the following season, and now play as the Brooklyn Nets. With these additions, the NBA expanded from eighteen teams to twenty-two.

1980–81 NBA season

The 1980–81 NBA season was the 35th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Boston Celtics winning the NBA Championship, beating the Houston Rockets 4 games to 2 in the NBA Finals.

1983–84 NBA season

The 1983–84 NBA season was the 38th season of the National Basketball Association. The season ended with the Boston Celtics winning the NBA Championship, beating the Los Angeles Lakers 4 games to 3 for the second time since 1969 in the NBA Finals.

1983–84 Utah Jazz season

The 1983–84 NBA season was the Jazz's tenth season in the NBA and its 4th in Utah. The Jazz averaged 115.0 points per game (ranked 5th in NBA) while allowing an average of 113.8 points per game (ranked 20th in NBA). It was their first playoff appearance in franchise history.

The Jazz played a number of home games (11 in total) at the then-newly built Thomas & Mack Center in the Las Vegas Valley, in an attempt to drum up regional support. In one of those games, Los Angeles Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scored the points that would make him the NBA's all-time leading scorer.

As a result of the Las Vegas experiment, Jazz games were broadcast in the Las Vegas area for this season (seen above).

1988 NBA Finals

The 1988 NBA Finals was the championship round of the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s 1987–88 season, and the culmination of the season's playoffs. The Western Conference champion Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Eastern Conference champion Detroit Pistons 4 games to 3.

One of Los Angeles Lakers head coach Pat Riley's most famous moments came when he promised the crowd a repeat championship during the Lakers' 1986-87 championship parade in downtown Los Angeles. With every team in the league now gunning for them, the Los Angeles Lakers still found a way to win, taking their seventh consecutive Pacific Division title. While the 1988 Lakers did not produce as many wins in the regular season as the 1987 Lakers, they were just as successful in the playoffs, becoming the first team in 19 years to repeat as champions. The Lakers met the physical Detroit Pistons in the 1988 NBA Finals.

One of Pistons guard Isiah Thomas's career-defining performances came in Game 6. Despite badly twisting his ankle midway through the period, Thomas scored an NBA Finals record 25 third-quarter points, as Detroit fell valiantly, 103-102, to the Lakers at the Forum.

Thomas still managed to score 10 first-half points in Game 7, as Detroit built a 5-point lead. In the 3rd quarter, the Lakers, inspired by Finals MVP James Worthy and Byron Scott (14 3rd-quarter points), exploded as they built a 10-point lead entering the final period. The lead swelled to 15 before Detroit mounted a furious 4th-quarter rally, trimming the lead to two points on several occasions. Still, several Detroit miscues enabled the Lakers to win, 108-105.

1988–89 Dallas Mavericks season

The 1988–89 NBA season was the Mavericks' 9th season in the NBA. The Mavericks finished the season fourth in the Midwest Division with a 38–44 record. It was the first time since 1983 that the team did not make the playoffs. The team had traded Mark Aguirre to the Detroit Pistons for Adrian Dantley, and dealt Detlef Schrempf to the Indiana Pacers for Herb Williams midway through the season. After hovering a few games over .500 for most of the season, The Mavericks collapsed and suffered a 12-game losing streak in March that sealed their fate for the entire season.

1989–90 Dallas Mavericks season

The 1989–90 NBA season was the Mavericks' 10th season in the National Basketball Association. A year after missing the playoffs, the Mavericks fired head coach John MacLeod at the end of November, replacing with him Richie Adubato. They finished third in the Midwest Division with a 47–35 record. Rolando Blackman was selected for the 1990 NBA All-Star Game. However, things would not all go smoothly for the Mavericks as Roy Tarpley found himself in hot water again, as he was arrested in November for driving under the influence of drugs. During the final month of the season, the team released Adrian Dantley to free agency. In the first round of the playoffs, the Mavericks were swept by the Portland Trail Blazers in three straight games. This would be their final playoff appearance until 2001. Following the season, Sam Perkins signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Buffalo Braves

The Buffalo Braves were an American professional basketball franchise based in Buffalo, New York. The Braves competed in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member club of the league's Eastern Conference Atlantic Division from 1970 until 1978. In 1978, Braves owner John Y. Brown Jr. swapped franchises with then-Boston Celtics owner Irv Levin, who then moved the team to San Diego, where it was renamed the San Diego Clippers. The franchise moved to Los Angeles in 1984, and is now known as the Los Angeles Clippers.

Jay Humphries

John Jay Humphries (born October 17, 1962) is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the NBA. He later served as the first head coach of the NBA D-League's Reno Bighorns. Jay last worked as an assistant coach for the Brooklyn Nets.

Humphries played on the top-ranked high school basketball team in the country in 1980. Inglewood High School went undefeated with the help of Humphries, center Vince Kelley, point guard Ralph Jackson, and wing man Angelo Robinson, as they went on to win the national championship that year. Humphries, a 6'3" guard, then played four seasons of college basketball for the University of Colorado. By the end of his stint in Colorado, he broke 16 school records including career assists, steals, and games played.

Humphries was selected 13th overall by the Phoenix Suns in the 1984 NBA Draft. He was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in 1988. The Bucks traded him to the Utah Jazz prior to the 1992-93 season in exchange for Blue Edwards. Humphries retired in 1995 as a member of the Boston Celtics; he holds career averages of 11.1 points and 5.5 assists per game.

In 1998, he joined a team of retired NBA players, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Oscar Robertson and Adrian Dantley on a tour of China for a series of exhibition games against the Chinese national team.Humphries began his basketball coaching career as an associate head coach in the Chinese CBA in 2001. He spent another five years in the Korean Professional Basketball League in South Korea as head coach of the Inchon ET Land Black Slamer, and associate head coach for the Wonju TG Xers.From 2010-2012 he served as the head coach for the Foshan Linglions.In the 2012-13 season, he served as the assistant coach for the Memphis Grizzlies.For the 2014–15 season, Humphries was hired by the Brooklyn Nets as an assistant to new head coach Lionel Hollins and helped his team reach the playoffs.

List of National Basketball Association career free throw scoring leaders

This article provides two lists:

A list of National Basketball Association players by total career regular season free throws made.

A progressive list of free throws made leaders showing how the record has increased through the years.

Mark Aguirre

Mark Anthony Aguirre (born December 10, 1959) is an American retired basketball player in the National Basketball Association. Aguirre was chosen as the first overall pick of the 1981 NBA draft by the Dallas Mavericks after playing three years at DePaul University. Aguirre played in the NBA from 1981 until 1994 and won two championships with the Detroit Pistons after being traded to Detroit from Dallas in exchange for Adrian Dantley. Aguirre was a three-time All-Star for Dallas.

Morgan Wootten

Morgan Bayard Wootten (born April 21, 1931) is an American former high school basketball coach. From 1956 to 2002, he coached at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Maryland. He has the second most wins as a head coach in the history of basketball on any level, behind Robert Hughes. A number of his players went on to play in the NBA, including Adrian Dantley and Danny Ferry. Wootten gained legendary status in 1965, when his DeMatha team beat Lew Alcindor's Power Memorial Academy and ended their 71-game winning streak. His career coaching record stands at 1,274-192. As the head coach of DeMatha basketball, Wootten won 5 High School National Championships, 22 Washington, D.C. Championships, and 33 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championships.

Former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden (1910–2010) described his admiration for Wootten when he said, "I know of no finer coach at any level – high school, college or pro. I stand in awe of him." On October 13, 2000, Coach Wootten was inducted into the Hall of Fame, one of three high school basketball coaches ever so honored. His overall record at the time was 1,210 wins and 183 losses.Wootten attended Gonzaga High School in Washington, D.C. before leaving the area. He later returned to attend Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring before moving on to University of Maryland. During his coaching career at DeMatha, located just two miles away from his alma mater, he received job offers from North Carolina State, Georgetown and American and interest from Duke, Wake Forest, and Virginia. Wootten turned down the offers, according to Sports Illustrated, because the Maryland job, which was not forthcoming, was the only college job he wanted.

Skip Wise

Allen Harper "Skip" Wise Jr. (born July 25, 1955) was an American basketball player.

Wise was a sensation as a high school player at Dunbar High School in Baltimore, Maryland. In his junior year in 1973, Wise led Dunbar to a victory over DeMatha High School, led by future NBA star Adrian Dantley.

Wise then played at Clemson University and was the first freshman to win first team all-conference honors in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Wise left Clemson after his freshman year, signing with the Baltimore Claws of the American Basketball Association in 1975. However, drugs impaired his play; in Terry Pluto's book on the ABA, Loose Balls, a coach found Wise shivering in the locker room, suggesting heroin use. The Claws folded after playing three preseason exhibition games, so Wise then signed with the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors cut him after a few days, however, with Wise's drug use as a major reason (allegedly, Warriors coach Al Attles caught Wise using heroin in the team locker room). Later in the 1975-76 season, Wise hooked on with the San Antonio Spurs, playing two games, his only games as a professional.

Wise eventually served prison time for drug-related crimes in the 1970s and 1980s, before returning home to Baltimore and working in a local community center.

Utah Jazz

The Utah Jazz are an American professional basketball team based in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Jazz compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member club of the league's Western Conference, Northwest Division. Since 1991, the team has played its home games at Vivint Smart Home Arena. The franchise began play in 1974 as the New Orleans Jazz (as a tribute to New Orleans' history of originating Jazz music), an expansion team based in New Orleans; the Jazz moved to Salt Lake City in 1979.

The Jazz were one of the least successful teams in the league in their early years. Although 10 seasons elapsed before the Jazz qualified for their first playoff appearance in 1984, they did not miss the playoffs again until 2004. During the late 1980s, John Stockton and Karl Malone arose as the franchise players for the team, and formed one of the most famed point guard–power forward duos in NBA history. Led by coach Jerry Sloan, who took over from Frank Layden in 1988, they became one of the powerhouse teams of the 1990s, culminating in two NBA Finals appearances in 1997 and 1998, where they lost both times to the Chicago Bulls, led by Michael Jordan.

Both Stockton and Malone moved on in 2003. After missing the playoffs for three consecutive seasons the Jazz returned to prominence under the on-court leadership of point guard Deron Williams. However, partway through the 2010–11 NBA season, the Jazz began restructuring after Sloan's retirement and Williams' trade to the New Jersey Nets. Quin Snyder was hired as head coach in June 2014.

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