The Utah Jazz is a professional basketball team that is based in Salt Lake City, Utah. Currently, they are members of the Northwest Division of the Western Conference in the NBA.
While this team was established in 1974, it was called as New Orleans Jazz. This name continued till 1979. From 1979 onwards, it was called as Utah Jazz.
During the 1980s, the Jazz could not pass through the second round of the NBA playoffs in spite of regular season successes. In the 1988-89 season, when Jerry Sloan became the head coach, the Jazz had their first 50-win season with a record of 51-31. In 1992, Jazz reached the conference finals and lost to the Portland Trail Blazers. In the 1993-94 season, in the conference semi-finals they defeated Denver Nuggets by a score of 4-3. However, in the final they lost to Houston Rockets. In the 1996-97 season, they reached the NBA finals after defeating Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets. The 2004-05 season was not a good one for the team and their record was 26-56, which was their worst from the 1981-82 season. In the 2005-06 season, the score of the team was 41-41 and Ostertag retired after this season. He had spent 10 out of the 11 seasons with the team.
In the 1974-75 season, the home arena was the Loyola Field House. In the 1974-75 season, it was altered to the Municipal Auditorium. This was again changed to Louisiana Superdome from 1975 to 1979. All these places were in New Orleans. From 1979 onwards, the home arena was altered to Salt Lake City. From 1979 to 1991, it was the Salt palace and 1991 onwards, the home arena was the Energy Solutions Arena.
The players who became the Basketball Hall of Famers were “Pistol” Pete Maravich and Adrian Dantley. “Hot” Rod Hundley was associated with the Jazz in the Hall of Fame.
In the 2007 season, the Jazz had a very deep and well-rounded team. The playoffs were won the Jazz with a record of 51-31. In Houston, the Jazz defeated the Rockets 103-99. They also won the series against the Golden State Warriors by a score of 4-1. The Jazz completed the regular season with a record of 54-28 and were 5th best in the west. In Game 1, the host Rockets were defeated by the Jazz with a score of 93-82. The current had coach is Jerry Sloan and the assistant coaches are Mark McKown, Scott Layden, Tyrone Corbin and Phil D. Johnson.
2 conference titles and 8 Division titles.