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The 1984–85 Utah Jazz season was future all-time NBA assist leader John Stockton's first in the NBA.[1] The Jazz selected Stockton with the 16th overall pick in the 1984 NBA Draft.[2]

1984–85 Utah Jazz season
Head coachFrank Layden
ArenaSalt Palace
Results
Record41–41 (.500)
PlaceDivision: 5th (Midwest)
Conference: 6th (Western)
Playoff finishWest Semifinals
(eliminated 1–4)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionKUTV
RadioKALL
< 1983–84 1985–86 >

Contents

Draft picksEdit

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 16 John Stockton PG   United States Gonzaga
3 62 David Pope F   United States Norfolk State
4 86 Jim Rowinski C   United States Purdue
5 108 Marcus Gaither   United States Farleigh Dickinson
6 132 Chris Harrison   United States West Virginia Wesleyan
7 154 Bob Evans   United States Southern Utah
8 178 Eric Booker   United States Nevada-Las Vegas
9 199 Kelly Knight   United States Kansas
10 222 Mike Curran   United States Niagara

RosterEdit

Utah Jazz roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
F/C 41   Bailey, Thurl 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 215 lb (98 kg) North Carolina State
SF 4   Dantley, Adrian 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 208 lb (94 kg) Notre Dame
C 53   Eaton, Mark 7 ft 4 in (2.24 m) 275 lb (125 kg) UCLA
PG 14   Green, Ricky 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Michigan
G 35   Griffith, Darrell 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Louisville
G 20   Hansen, Bob 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Iowa
C 5   Paultz, Billy 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 235 lb (107 kg) St. John's
PF 33   Roberts, Fred 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 218 lb (99 kg) BYU
G 12   Stockton, John 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Gonzaga
C 45   Wilkins, Jeff 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 230 lb (104 kg) Illinois State
Head coach

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  •   Injured

Regular seasonEdit

Season standingsEdit

Midwest Division
Team W L PCT. GB
Denver Nuggets 52 30 .634
Houston Rockets 48 34 .585 4
Dallas Mavericks 44 38 .537 8
San Antonio Spurs 41 41 .500 11
Utah Jazz 41 41 .500 11
Kansas City Kings 31 51 .378 21

Record vs. opponentsEdit

1984-85 NBA Records
Team ATL BOS CHI CLE DAL DEN DET GSW HOU IND KCK LAC LAL MIL NJN NYK PHI PHO POR SAS SEA UTA WAS
Atlanta 1–4 3–3 3–3 0–2 0–2 1–5 2–0 0–2 6–0 0–2 2–0 0–2 2–4 3–3 3–3 0–5 2–0 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–0 3–3
Boston 4–1 4–2 6–0 2–0 1–1 4–2 2–0 2–0 5–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 1–4 5–1 6–0 3–3 2–0 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–0 5–1
Chicago 3–3 2–4 2–4 2–0 1–1 3–3 1–1 0–2 2–4 2–0 2–0 1–1 3–3 2–4 4–2 0–5 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 3–2
Cleveland 3–3 0–6 4–2 1–1 0–2 1–4 1–1 0–2 4–2 2–0 2–0 0–2 1–5 2–3 3–3 4–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–3
Dallas 2–0 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–4 0–2 4–1 2–4 2–0 5–1 3–2 1–4 1–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 2–3 4–1 4–2 5–0 1–5 1–1
Denver 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 4–2 0–2 5–0 2–4 2–0 4–2 2–3 2–3 1–1 2–0 1–1 1–1 4–1 4–1 3–3 3–2 4–2 2–0
Detroit 5–1 2–4 3–3 4–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 1–1 6–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 3–3 1–5 3–2 1–5 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 0–2 3–3
Golden State 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–4 0–5 0–2 2–3 0–2 2–3 2–4 1–5 0–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 2–4 2–4 1–4 3–3 1–4 1–1
Houston 2–0 0–2 2–0 2–0 4–2 4–2 1–1 3–2 1–1 5–1 2–3 1–4 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 4–1 3–2 4–2 3–2 3–3 0–2
Indiana 0–6 1–5 4–2 2–4 0–2 0–2 0–6 2–0 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 1–5 2–3 2–4 1–5 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 2–0 1–4
Kansas City 2–0 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–5 2–4 1–1 3–2 1–5 1–1 3–2 0–5 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–3 3–2 2–4 3–2 2–4 1–1
L.A. Clippers 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 2–3 3–2 1–1 4–2 3–2 2–0 2–3 0–6 0–2 0–2 1–1 0–2 4–2 1–5 2–3 2–4 3–2 1–1
L.A. Lakers 2–0 1–1 1–1 2–0 4–1 3–2 1–1 5–1 4–1 1–1 5–0 6–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 5–1 5–1 3–2 3–3 4–1 1–1
Milwaukee 4–2 4–1 3–3 5–1 1–1 1–1 3–3 2–0 2–0 5–1 2–0 2–0 1–1 3–3 5–0 3–3 1–1 2–0 2–0 2–0 2–0 4–2
New Jersey 3–3 1–5 4–2 3–2 1–1 0–2 5–1 1–1 1–1 3–2 0–2 2–0 0–2 3–3 6–0 2–4 1–1 0–2 0–2 2–0 0–2 4–2
New York 3–3 0–6 2–4 3–3 0–2 1–1 2–3 1–1 0–2 4–2 1–1 1–1 0–2 0–5 0–6 2–4 0–2 0–2 1–1 2–0 1–1 0–6
Philadelphia 5–0 3–3 5–0 2–4 1–1 1–1 5–1 2–0 1–1 5–1 1–1 2–0 1–1 3–3 4–2 4–2 2–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–0 4–2
Phoenix 0–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 3–2 1–4 0–2 4–2 1–4 2–0 3–2 2–4 1–5 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 3–3 1–4 5–1 3–2 1–1
Portland 2–0 1–1 1–1 1–1 1–4 1–4 1–1 4–2 2–3 2–0 2–3 5–1 1–5 0–2 2–0 2–0 0–2 3–3 3–2 4–2 3–2 1–1
San Antonio 2–0 0–2 1–1 1–1 2–4 3–3 1–1 4–1 2–4 1–1 4–2 3–2 2–3 0–2 2–0 1–1 1–1 4–1 2–3 4–1 1–5 0–2
Seattle 1–1 1–1 0–2 1–1 0–5 2–3 1–1 3–3 2–3 2–0 2–3 4–2 3–3 0–2 0–2 0–2 0–2 1–5 2–4 1–4 3–2 2–0
Utah 0–2 0–2 2–0 1–1 5–1 2–4 2–0 4–1 3–3 0–2 4–2 2–3 1–4 0–2 2–0 1–1 0–2 2–3 2–3 5–1 2–3 1–1
Washington 3–3 1–5 2–3 3–3 1–1 0–2 3–3 1–1 2–0 4–1 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–4 2–4 6–0 2–4 1–1 1–1 2–0 0–2 1–1

Game logEdit

PlayoffsEdit

West First RoundEdit

The Jazz-Rockets playoff series was noteworthy for Billy Paultz's constant badgering of #1 overall draft pick and future Rockets superstar Hakeem Olajuwon. Paultz spent much of the game engaging in defensive antics such as waving his hand in front of Olajuwon's face and the like. Olajuwon eventually became so annoyed he reacted during the game, looking around during a mid-game dead ball to see if the refs were paying attention, then punching Paultz directly in the face. The incident was captured on national TV and re-played over and over throughout the rest of the game, which the Jazz ultimately won.

(3) Houston Rockets vs. (6) Utah Jazz: Jazz win series 3-2
  • Game 1 @ The Summit, Houston (April 19): Utah 115, Houston 101
  • Game 2 @ The Summit, Houston (April 21): Houston 122, Utah 96
  • Game 3 @ Salt Palace, Salt Lake City (April 24): Utah 112, Houston 104
  • Game 4 @ Salt Palace, Salt Lake City (April 26): Houston 96, Utah 94
  • Game 5 @ The Summit, Houston (April 28): Utah 104, Houston 97

Last Playoff Meeting: Not available (first playoff series)

West Conference SemifinalsEdit

(2) Denver Nuggets vs. (6) Utah Jazz: Nuggets win series 4-1

Last Playoff Meeting: 1984 Western Conference First Round (Utah won 3-2)

Player statisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game

SeasonEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
J.J. Anderson
Thurl Bailey
Adrian Dantley
John Drew
Mark Eaton
Rickey Green
Darrell Griffith
Bob Hansen
Rich Kelley
Pace Mannion
Kenny Natt
Billy Paultz
Fred Roberts
John Stockton
Jeff Wilkins

PlayoffsEdit

Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
Thurl Bailey
Adrian Dantley
Mark Eaton
Rickey Green
Darrell Griffith
Bob Hansen
Rich Kelley
Pace Mannion
Billy Paultz
Fred Roberts
John Stockton
Jeff Wilkins

Awards and recordsEdit

TransactionsEdit

TradesEdit

Free agentsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit