About Utah Jazz
History of the Utah Jazz
The origins of the Utah Jazz franchise began far away from the Rocky Mountains of Utah; they entered the league in 1974 as the New Orleans Jazz, named after the city's rich musical heritage. But the Jazz did not last long in the Big Easy, as they struggled to find a stadium to play at, which hurt ticket sales and attendance. After just five seasons, they moved out of New Orleans and headed for Salt Lake City, looking for a fresh start and a boost in sales of Jazz basketball tickets. They arrived in Utah in 1979 and struggled to compete for their first four seasons, not winning more than 30 games in any of those years. Though they were able to find their way into the playoffs during the 1983-84 season, the team's history changed beginning the following year. In the NBA Draft, Utah selected John Stockton with the 16th pick in the first round and followed the next year with the selection of Karl Malone with the 13th selection. While the front office and fans knew who these players were, they could have never guessed how good they would become.
The combo of Stockton and Malone became one of the most dynamic duos the NBA has ever seen. John Stockton ended up playing 20 seasons with the Jazz, accumulating 19,711 points and 15,806 assists. His assist number is an NBA record, over 5,000 more than the second-place player. Karl Malone, a.k.a. "The Mailman," delivered over his career to the tune of 36,928 points, second all-time. Stockton and Malone led their team to the NBA Finals in 1997 and 1998. Both times the Jazz were defeated by Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls. Due to their accomplishments with the Jazz, Stockton and Malone both have had their jerseys retired, in addition to having a statue erected in front of the team's home stadium, the Vivint Smart Home Arena. While the Utah Jazz have not won an NBA championship yet, they continue to build with dreams of reaching the NBA Finals once again. If you want to go to a game this season in Salt Lake City, make sure you get Utah Jazz tickets and join in the action of the NBA!
Most Recent Season
Prior to the 2017-18 season, the Utah Jazz acquired Donovan Mitchell as the number 13 pick from Louisville as a trade deal with the Denver Nuggets. Mitchell had an incredible rookie season with the Jazz. In a game against the New Orleans Pelicans, Mitchell scored a career-high 41 points – setting the Jazz scoring record for a rookie and became the first NBA rookie to score 40 points in a game since Blake Griffin in 2011. Later in the season, Mitchell had another 40-point game, this time against the Phoenix Sun. This made him the first rookie to have two 40-point games since Allen Iverson in 1996-1997. Mitchell helped his team finish the regular season with a 48-34 record. They were able to secure a spot in the postseason for the second year in a row. In the First Round of the playoffs, the Jazz went up against the Oklahoma City Thunder. During the first two games of the playoffs, Mitchell scored a combined 55 points, breaking Michael Jordan’s record of points by a shooting guard in their first two postseason games. The Jazz ended up winning the series in six games and went on to meet the Houston Rockets in the Semifinals. Unfortunately, the Jazz’s playoff run ended when they lost the series to the Rockets in five games. After the season was over, Mitchell was named NBA All-Rookie First Team.
In the 2018 NBA Draft the Jazz acquired notorious guard Grayson Allen from Duke as the number 21 pick. Allen played an impressive four years at Duke but was well-known for his attitude and dirty playing on the court. He is a gritty player that is expected to give the Jazz an extra spark this season. Donovan Mitchell will be returning as well as Jae Crowder, Rudy Gobert, and Ricky Rubio. The Jazz are hopeful they will be able to return to the playoffs for the third consecutive season. Utah’s season will begin on October 17th at the Golden 1 Center against the Sacramento Kings. The Jazz’s first home game of the season will be on October 19th against the Golden State Warriors. Throughout the season the Jazz will have to face their division rivals multiple times including the Portland Trailblazers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Denver Nuggets. Will the Jazz be able to fight for a chance at their first championship? There’s only one way to find out! TicketNetwork is your access for all Utah Jazz tickets. Check out our vast selection of Utah Jazz tickets and grab yours today!