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Utah Jazz Tickets
Utah Jazz Tickets
The Utah Jazz have a rich legacy as one of the top Western Conference teams in the NBA. The Jazz began as an expansion franchise in New Orleans in 1974 before moving to Utah prior to the start of the 1979-80 season. Drafting Karl Malone and John Stockton and pairing them with head coach Jerry Sloan allowed Utah to become an annual fixture in the playoffs for two decades. Stockton finished as the NBA's all-time leader in both assists and steals. Malone finished second all-time in scoring. The Jazz reached the NBA Finals in 1997 and 1998 with Stockton and Malone, falling both times to the Chicago Bulls.
Energy Solutions Arena, Home to the Utah Jazz
With one of the shortest construction periods, Energy Solutions Arena opened in early October of 1991 and is home to the Utah Jazz. Normally, arena construction takes between 24 and 30 months, but this center had a deadline of 15 months before the Jazz's 1991/1992 season opener. Originally known as the Delta Center, this Salt Lake City facility is the largest and most high-tech arena within a five-state radius. This arena proudly hosted skating events during the 2002 Winter Olympics. In 2010, the basketball court was named Larry H. Miller Court at Energy Solutions Arena in honor of the late Jazz owner.
Utah Jazz and the Western Conference
Since moving from New Orleans in 1979, the Utah Jazz have been members of the Western Conference in the NBA and currently compete in the Northwest Division. The Jazz have a long history of regular season and postseason success in their conference. Utah has claimed eight division titles and two Western Conference titles and reached the NBA Finals in 1997 and 1998. Utah's major historical rivals in the NBA include the Denver Nuggets, Houston Rockets, and Los Angeles Lakers. Denver is a natural rival because of geographic proximity; however, L.A. and Houston's rivalry with Utah stem from these teams clashing repeatedly with the Jazz in the playoffs.
Utah Jazz 2012 Team Outlook
A season after trading away star point guard Deron Williams and seeing longtime head coach Jerry Sloan retire, the Utah Jazz will enter the 2012 season in rebuilding mode. Utah will look to return to the playoffs after an unprecedented collapse in the second half of the 2010-11 season cost the Jazz a playoff spot. Utah's biggest strength is in its front court. Derrick Favors and Paul Millsap give the Jazz a strong defensive presence down low, while Millsap and Al Jefferson are both reliable low post scoring options. Rookie center Enes Kanter comes in with tons of potential and hype and should be one of the top rookies in the NBA. The Jazz will need Gordon Hayward to continue to progress and get C.J. Miles or rookie Alec Burks to step up and provide consistent perimeter offense to be successful in 2011-12.