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Utah Jazz 40 at 40: The half season mark, history, and more

The New Orleans Jazz / Utah Jazz franchise is in the middle of their 40th season in the NBA. A little more than a middle actually, they have played 42 of 82 games. In light of this here are 40 posts about this team, team history, and where it all meets in the middle.

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40 for 40 Part 34: Utah and Free Agents

"You go live in Utah," - Derek Harper (Wait, wasn't that about a proposed trade? Dang it . . . )

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40 at 40 Part 31: Free Throws aren't free

Where have all the free throws gone? Can they come back?

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40 at 40 Part 30: Does winning influence fans?

Look at the last 25 years of Jazz basketball, and find out for yourself!

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40 at 40 Part 29: Not all 3s are worth the same

The Jazz have a love hate relationship with the three pointer. I seem to be increasingly fixated on the collective need to make them. Let's take a deeper look at three point shot, and why some three points shots shouldn't be taken.

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40 at 40 Part 28: Menes Killiams, & forward powers

Why did we ever let it be a Marvin or Enes thing? It always should have been a Marvin and Enes thing.

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40 at 40 Part 27: Utah Jazz can't count to three

The Utah Jazz franchise has a problem with threes. We don't take them, and most seasons we don't make them. This season two players are doing a good job and part of an elite group. But they need some help, from the rest of the roster and the playbook.

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40 at 40 Part 26: Who is our best defender?

It's Derrick Favors, right? This is dumb. You must have some real interesting points to make here if it's not Derrick Favors. But it's Derrick Favors, I mean, c'mon? It's gotta be. Okay fine, Amar! I'll read this post!

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40 at 40 Part 25: 53.65

Do you know how much these guys have played?

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40 at 40 Part 24: Theories of Development & TBurke

The Jazz may finally get it right this time. After such a long time.

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40 at 40 Part 23: The David Stern-Utah Partnership

David Stern is the current commissioner of the NBA. He is retiring in a few days after 30 years of service to the league. Some people love him, some people hate him. But all Jazz fans should at least respect him.

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40 at 40 Part 22: Reflections on meeting a legend

Today is Jerry Sloan Day. And today the Utah Jazz will retire a number for him, #1223. Jerry was amazing, for many reasons. My personal story of meeting him has left a huge impression on me.

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40 at 40 Part 21: Jeff Hornacek and roster urgency

The '88 Jazz led by young stars Stockton and Malone almost beat the Lakers in the 2nd round. Five seasons later they were an easy out in the first around. What happened and what changed? Jeff Hornacek is part of the answer for sure, but . . .

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40 at 40 Part 20: Halfway there

So this is the 20th post in this series, the halfway mark. The Jazz are at the halfway mark of their season as well. And many of these guys seem like half finished products. Such synergy. Much meaningfulness. Connected. Wowe.

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40 at 40 Part 19: How many games do the Jazz win?

The 2013-2014 Utah Jazz season has 40 games left in it, over 86 days, starting tonight. Some of the teams are tanking, some are going for it. How will the team do?

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40 at 40 Part 18: Are the Jazz more athletic now?

When the Jazz franchise was at their best they were a deep team of veterans on the downsides of their careers. This Jazz team is on the opposite side of the mountain in terms of success, but also athleticism. Is this the most athletic Jazz team ever?

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40 at 40 Part 17: Karl Malone is under rated

How do you call a Hall of Fame player who has two MVP awards, two All-Star Game MVP awards, two Gold Medals, a 14 time All-Star, 14 time All-NBA Team member, a 4 time All-NBA Defensive Team member "under rated"? By looking at the numbers. That's how.

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40 at 40 Part 16: '03-04 Andrei vs. '13-14 Gordon

The Utah Jazz were unable to extend Gordon Hayward's rookie deal, and the 2013-2014 season could be his last with the Jazz heading into an uncertain restricted free agency. In 2003-2004 Andrei Kirilenko had a monster year. It's time to compare them.

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40 at 40 Part 15: DRB% leads to WIN% & DEF RTG?

The defense doesn't rest until they have the ball back in their hands. The normal way this happens is by playing defense, making the other team miss, and getting the defensive rebound. Is there a relationship between winning, playing good defense, and being a good defensive rebounding club? There should be. Right?

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40 at 40 Part 14: Stockton is better than your PG

Over the last 20 years there have been numerous changes to the game, the rules of the game, and who perception tells us "has game." One thing doesn't change. It's that if the game is playing point guard, John Stockton is still the Point God.

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40 at 40 Part 13: Spotting (up) offensive problems

The Utah Jazz are diversifying their offense from the traditional post up slog to one which involves a variety of ball handlers. The key is to maintain floor space by keeping the defense honest outside. This means making spot up jumpers. Somehow.

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40 at 40 Part 12: Is Jeremy more than a dunker?

Jeremy Evans is in his fourth season in the NBA, and people still don't know what he is capable of. Is he a real rotation player in the NBA, or will he never be anything more than just a dunker?

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40 at 40 Part 11: Big Mark Eaton was Big, and Good

Mark Eaton was so big, and used so well by Frank Layden, that he made tall guys everywhere get NBA contracts without deserving them. Because they all were searching for the next Mark Eaton.

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40 at 40 Part 10: Surprising Jazz Player Legacies

If you ask anyone who are the biggest names in Jazz history they'll say Stockton and Malone. Other Hall of Famers are easy to spot, like Pistol Pete and Adrian Dantley. But do you really know which players have left the biggest legacies for the Jazz?

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40 at 40 Part 9: Trey Burke is better than . . . ?

Since the retirement of John Stockton and the ascension of Deron Williams, the point guard spot in Utah has been a cause for concern. How does Trey Burke compare to the 'forgettables' of this post-Stockton era? How does he compare to D-Will?

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40 at 40 Part 8: The allure of the stretch big

Today's dynamic offenses are based around super capable guards and forwards who can drive and get to the rim. This has pushed the bigman farther out of the paint. Stretch Bigs are very valuable. But how many are there? And can Marvin Williams be one?

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40 at 40 Part 7: Production vs. Payment

It's important to get paid in the NBA. It's also important to produce, so that you can keep getting paid. There's a reason why contract year is a real term, when you have to some guys pick it up. Let's take a look at who is producing for the Jazz.

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40 at 40 Part 6: Beware of fouls

Some how the Utah Jazz have the rep of being a team that goes crazy on the fouls. I wonder where that idea came from?

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40 at 40 Part 5: Blowouts and the 2013-2014 Season

Remember the good old days when the Jazz would occasionally get blown out, and also occasionally blow out the other team? Times have changed. Take a look!

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40 at 40 Part 4: What to do with Andris Biedrins?

Andris Biedrins is making a lot of money and in the last year of his contract. Some wonder if this is his last year in the NBA. He's not playing this season, and people are wondering what to do with him.

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40 at 40 Part 3: Gordon's Injury or a Tank Oddity?

Gordon Hayward had 'the' signature game of his career against the Oklahoma City Thunder. He had 37 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block on that night; and Hayward led the Jazz to a big upset W. Then he got injured. Let's investigate.

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40 at 40 Part 2: Diante Garret & Quest for PG help

Since John Stockton last came off the bench and now the Jazz have tried 30 guys at back-up point guard. Some were good, some were not. Where does Diante stand? Can he be that magical back up point guard our team has been searching for?

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40 at 40 Part 1: What do fans want?

The team is forty years old. Are there any trends that influence fan attendance? Is it winning? Is it pace? Or is it something else entirely?

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Utah Jazz 40 at 40: School is in session

The New Orleans Jazz / Utah Jazz franchise is in the middle of their 40th season in the NBA. A little more than a middle actually, they have played 42 of 82 games. In light of this here are 40 posts about this team, team history, and where it all meets in the middle.

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