Head Coach: Quin Snyder
The Utah Jazz is stationed in Salt Lake City, Utah, and compete in the NBA as part of the league’s Western Conference Northwest Division. The franchise originally started play in 1974 as the New Orleans Jazz, an expansion team based on New Orleans. Five years after its establishment, the Jazz relocated to Salt Lake City.
The Jazz was one of the ineffective teams in the NBA during their early years. It was only after 10 seasons before the Jazz qualified for their first playoff appearance in 1984, and became a regular sight in the postseason until 2004. During the late 1980s, John Stockton and Karl Malone went on to be one of the most popular point guard-power forward duos in the league. In 1988, they became one of the dominating teams of the 1990s, appearing in two NBA Finals in 1997 and 1998, where they lost both times to the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls.