The History of former Utah Jazz player revenge games, and the deadly sting of Kosta Koufos' vengeance.

Ezra Shaw

Since the 2007-2008 season and today there have been 35 players to move away from the Utah Jazz. Many of them retired or moved to other leagues. Some of them got a chance at a revenge game. Let's break it down.

Today is the trade deadline and that's what a lot of NBA fans care about. We Utah Jazz fans know our team isn't going to do anything (again, if they make a big move I will write, produce, and record a rap song about it) -- so we have other things to think about. Mostly, with this season looking like forgettable 'transition year', we tend to look at the past.

Last night the Jazz hosted the Brooklyn Nets who came into our house and beat us. They have two of our former best players in their rotation and, well, that's the whole point. They wanted to win, and they got the job done. But did they prove some greater point? Has any former player? Well, looking at the Jazz teams from 2007-2008 till 2012-2013 we have had 35 players come and go. Let's track them.

First, here's what they did in a Jazz uniform. (Ranked by BARPS highest to lowest; BARPS being the simple metric of BPG + APG + RPG + PPG + SPG).

With Jazz
Player Seas G MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG PER BARPS / MPG
1 Carlos Boozer 6 354 34.0 19.3 10.5 2.9 1.0 0.4 21.3 34.1 1.00
2 Al Jefferson 3 221 34.4 18.5 9.5 2.0 0.8 1.6 21.1 32.4 0.94
3 Deron Williams 6 439 35.6 17.3 3.2 9.1 1.1 0.2 19.0 30.9 0.87
4 Mehmet Okur 7 474 31.7 15.3 7.6 1.9 0.5 0.7 17.4 26.0 0.82
5 Andrei Kirilenko 10 681 30.8 12.4 5.6 2.8 1.4 2.0 19.1 24.2 0.79
6 Paul Millsap 7 540 27.4 12.4 7.0 1.8 1.1 1.0 18.8 23.3 0.85
7 Devin Harris 2 80 28.4 12.3 1.9 5.1 1.0 0.2 16.0 20.5 0.72
8 Matt Harpring 7 474 25.8 11.9 4.9 1.4 0.7 0.2 16.0 19.1 0.74
9 Ronnie Brewer 4 266 26.4 10.5 2.9 1.8 1.5 0.3 15.9 17.0 0.64
10 Randy Foye 1 82 27.4 10.8 1.5 2.0 0.8 0.3 11.7 15.4 0.56
11 Raja Bell 4 247 27.1 9.9 2.7 1.4 0.7 0.1 10.7 14.8 0.55
12 Mo Williams 2 103 21.3 8.5 1.8 3.5 0.7 0.1 12.7 14.6 0.69
13 Josh Howard 1 43 23.0 8.7 3.7 1.2 0.7 0.2 10.5 14.5 0.63
14 Wesley Matthews 1 82 24.7 9.4 2.3 1.5 0.8 0.2 12.3 14.2 0.57
15 Kyle Korver 3 180 21.7 8.7 2.6 1.6 0.5 0.4 13.1 13.8 0.64
16 Gordan Giricek 5 226 20.7 8.9 2.1 1.4 0.5 0.1 11.7 13.0 0.63
17 C.J. Miles 7 389 19.3 8.4 2.2 1.3 0.7 0.3 12.2 12.9 0.67
18 DeMarre Carroll 2 86 16.7 5.7 2.8 0.9 0.8 0.3 14.3 10.5 0.63
19 Earl Watson 3 178 19.3 3.3 2.2 3.8 0.9 0.3 9.4 10.5 0.54
20 Eric Maynor 1 26 14.0 5.2 1.5 3.1 0.5 0.1 12.3 10.4 0.74
21 Kyle Weaver 1 5 13.8 5.6 2.0 1.4 0.4 0.4 11.3 9.8 0.71
22 Jamaal Tinsley 3 111 16.6 3.4 1.5 3.9 0.7 0.2 10.1 9.7 0.58
23 Jarron Collins 8 480 16.9 4.3 3.1 0.9 0.3 0.2 9.7 8.8 0.52
24 Ronnie Price 4 232 12.3 3.8 1.1 1.6 0.7 0.1 9.0 7.3 0.59
25 Brevin Knight 1 74 12.7 2.4 1.2 2.6 0.7 0.1 9.5 7.0 0.55
26 Kosta Koufos 2 84 8.8 3.3 2.2 0.3 0.2 0.4 13.4 6.4 0.73
27 Jason Hart 1 57 10.6 2.9 1.0 1.5 0.5 0.1 8.0 6.0 0.57
28 Sundiata Gaines 1 32 6.8 3.3 0.9 1.2 0.4 0.0 17.3 5.8 0.85
29 Francisco Elson 1 62 9.8 2.2 1.9 0.5 0.3 0.2 8.9 5.1 0.52
30 Kyrylo Fesenko 4 132 8.3 2.3 2.0 0.3 0.1 0.4 8.2 5.1 0.61
31 Morris Almond 2 34 8.6 3.1 1.1 0.3 0.1 0.1 6.6 4.7 0.55
32 Othyus Jeffers 1 14 5.2 2.6 1.4 0.1 0.3 0.0 13.6 4.4 0.85
33 Blake Ahearn 1 4 7.5 2.5 0.5 0.3 0.0 0.0 -7.3 3.3 0.44
34 Marcus Cousin 1 4 4.5 1.0 0.8 0.0 0.0 0.3 7.8 2.1 0.47
35 Kevin Murphy 1 17 3.1 0.9 0.2 0.1 0.1 0.0 -4.5 1.3 0.42

Please note that there's also a "/ MPG" value next to "BARPS", which is BARPS / MPG. That shows who was the most efficient at doing something on the floor. BARPS isn't perfect, because I didn't calculate an Opp. BARPS to show what the other guys were doing, so there are some people here who have high value BARPS but don't really have good net values. (I think we can assume which ones those were)

Anyway, this is a good slice of recent Utah Jazz history. If you ranked them by PER, or MPG, or G you can slice it up any way that you wish. (Which I can because it's in Excel for me)

Of these 35 guys, 11 never got a chance for revenge: M.Harpring, J.Howard, K.Weaver, J.Tinsley, B.Knight, F.Elson, K.Fesenko, M.Almond, B.Ahearn, M.Cousins, and K.Murphy. A number of them effectively ended their NBA careers with the Jazz. But that means there were 24 players who DID get at least one shot to play the Jazz after being cut, traded, or not picked up in free agency.

For the players who played for the Jazz more than once, I picked their best game. Similarly, I picked the best game from the number of games a player may have played against the Jazz. An example for both would be #Molo who has played for the Jazz twice, and played against the Jazz after no longer being on the team twice; and he has played several games against the Jazz. (That's an awful sentence, better for power point.)

Here they are, highest to lowest, in BARPS. There are two things to notice here though -- the / MPG value, and the "+/-" value which shows the CHANGE from their Jazz career BARPS / MPG value to the value they achieved in their best revenge game.

Best Revenge Game
Player Year MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK BARPS / MPG +/-
1 Carlos Boozer 2013 41.4 26 16 1 2 1 46 1.11 0.11
2 Kyle Korver 2012 39.5 26 7 6 1 1 41 1.04 0.40
3 Wesley Matthews 2010 39.0 30 3 3 4 0 40 1.03 0.45
4 Mo Williams 2009 36.6 25 4 4 1 1 35 0.96 0.27
5 Deron Williams 2013 35.5 21 2 11 1 0 35 0.99 0.12
6 Al Jefferson 2013 30.9 19 11 1 0 3 34 1.10 0.16
7 Kosta Koufos 2012 25.0 15 10 1 2 3 31 1.24 0.51
8 Paul Millsap 2013 26.8 14 10 3 1 1 29 1.08 0.23
9 Raja Bell 2007 33.4 18 2 4 1 1 26 0.78 0.23
10 Andrei Kirilenko 2013 30.4 12 7 2 0 2 23 0.76 -0.03
11 Ronnie Brewer 2012 28.5 11 5 3 1 0 20 0.70 0.06
12 Eric Maynor 2013 23.9 10 1 8 0 0 19 0.79 0.05
13 C.J. Miles 2014 23.7 17 1 0 1 0 19 0.80 0.13
14 DeMarre Carroll 2013 36.6 4 5 4 4 1 18 0.49 -0.14
15 Devin Harris 2014 17.4 7 5 2 0 0 14 0.80 0.08
16 Sundiata Gaines 2012 12.0 11 1 1 1 0 14 1.17 0.31
17 Othyus Jeffers 2011 20.9 6 6 1 0 0 13 0.62 -0.22
18 Randy Foye 2013 30.5 7 2 1 0 0 10 0.33 -0.23
19 Mehmet Okur 2011 20.4 0 5 2 1 0 8 0.39 -0.43
20 Gordan Giricek 2008 12.7 4 1 0 1 0 6 0.47 -0.16
21 Jason Hart 2008 14.9 2 1 2 0 0 5 0.34 -0.23
22 Ronnie Price 2013 14.5 2 1 2 0 0 5 0.34 -0.25
23 Jarron Collins 2010 12.5 2 1 0 0 0 3 0.24 -0.28
24 Earl Watson 2013 8.9 0 1 2 0 0 3 0.34 -0.21

So, Koof really killed it, huh?

Four players really stepped up in their production per minute against the Jazz, Kosta, Wesley, Kyle, and Sundiata. Shooters can get hot and make threes, which is what Kyle and Wesley did. Sundiata's production was so low that anything looks great by comparison. The real gem here is Koufos' double double with three blocks and two steals. It's very impressive as he got it in 25 minutes even. Sap, Booz, and Big Al all had double doubles too, but that's what you expect from them.

Sidenote? While AK-47 was less efficient per minute, he basically did his "average" against us. His average is 12 / 6 / 3 / 1 / 2/, and managed 12 / 7 / 2 / 0 / 2. And some people think he's inconsistent : )

Also Bell and Molo's best revenge games happened after their FIRST Jazz stint, not their second.

Anyway, who had the best "best" revenge game? (This whole post would look less impressive than it already does if it was just limited to the FIRST game against the Jazz since being off the team. In that case, historically, only Dantley I think did well.)

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