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1984–85 Utah Jazz season

Utah Jazz season
John Stockton's Rookie Season
Head coach Frank Layden
Arena Salt Palace
Results
Record 41–41 (.500)
Place Division: 5th (Midwest)
Conference: 6th (Western)
Playoff finish West Semifinals
(eliminated 1–4)

Local media
Television KUTV
Radio KSOP-AM and FM

The 1984–85 Utah Jazz season saw the Jazz draft John Stockton.

Draft picks

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

Roster

Regular season

Season standings

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

Game log

Playoffs

West First Round

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 Semifinals

(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 statistics

Season

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

Playoffs

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 records

Awards

Records

Transactions

Trades

Free Agents

See also

References

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