Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

The Utah Jazz are in the midst of preseason, and most of the Jazz faithful have yet to meet their new, highly altered, revamped team.

In addition to valuable information about the team from Deseret News Jazz writer Jody Genessy, DeseretNews.com has brought together a series of stats and highlights from each Utah Jazz player, whether those highlights occurred here in Utah or elsewhere.

19 players are on the roster now, but it's only preseason.

Here is another, closer look at the Utah Jazz, player by player.

Mo Williams
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Position: Starting Point Guard

Prior to NBA: University of Alabama

10th season

The Jazz selected Williams as the 47th pick in the 2003 NBA draft, but he only stayed in Utah one season before Kevin O'Connor and the Jazz front office traded him to Milwaukee. O'Connor has since said many times trading Williams away in 2003 was one of the worst mistakes of his career as a General Manager.

In 2007-08, Williams had his best statistical season, posting 12.3 points and 5.3 assists per game.

High: Among Williams's more inspired performances was a 43-point outing against the Kings in 2009, the same year he was picked for the All-star game.

Gordon Hayward
George Nikitin, AP

Position: Small Forward

Prior to NBA: Butler University

3rd season

Hayward was the selected by the Jazz as the 9th overall pick in the 2010 draft. As a rookie, Hayward played in 72 games, averaging just under 17 minutes per contest. In his second season he started 58 of the 66 games he played.

In the 2011-12 season, Hayward averaged 11.8 points per game, more than double what he averaged during his rookie year. He became one of the best free throw shooters on the Jazz, shooting 83 percent from the line.

The last game of Hayward's rookie season was arguably his best, as he had 34 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. He also made 5/6 from behind the 3-point line.

Marvin Williams
Rick Bowmer, AP

Position: Small Forward

Prior to NBA: University of North Carolina

8th season

After playing for the Atlanta Hawks for his first seven seasons, Williams was traded to the Jazz as part of the Devin Harris deal.

Williams had his best scoring season in 2007-08 when he averaged 14.8 points per game. He's also shoots 80.6 percent from the free throw line and 32 percent from deep.

Williams also gives the Jazz some experience in the regular season and the playoffs.

Paul Millsap
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Position: Forward

Prior to NBA: Louisiana Tech

7th season

Paul Millsap proved to be valuable for the Jazz front court again last season, posting 16.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 0.8 blocks per game.

In the 2008-09 season, he collected 19 straight double-doubles (11/24-1/7), which was the longest streak in the NBA since 2006 and finished the season with 29 overall.

This season, Millsap will continue to offer high percentage scoring and powerful rebounding in the paint for the Jazz.

Al Jefferson
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Position: Center

Prior to NBA: Prentiss High School, Mississippi

9th season

Al Jefferson is an offensive powerhouse in the paint with a variety of low-post moves, he is difficult for Jazz opponents to contain. Last season he led the Jazz scoring by averaging 19.2 points per game and had a .492 field goal percentage.

In the 2008-09 NBA season, Jefferson was having a career best season, averaging 23.1 points and 11.0 rebounds per game, but his season ended early after suffering a knee injury.

When healthy, Jefferson is a consistent leader for the Jazz. Although he struggled with nagging injuries earlier in his career, he's missed just 11 games over the past three seasons.

Earl Watson
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Position: Guard

Prior to NBA: UCLA

12th season

Earl Watson is coming off knee surgery he underwent in April. He suffered the injury during the second quarter of the Jazz’s April 8 game at San Antonio.

On February 6, 2008, while playing for Seattle, Watson recorded his first-ever triple-double in a game against the Sacramento Kings. Watson logged 23 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in 32 minutes.

A healthy Earl Watson provides depth in the guard position for the Jazz.


Jamaal Tinsley
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Position: Guard

Prior to NBA: Iowa State

10th season

In Jamaal Tinsley's first season with the Jazz last year, he played in 41 games, four being in the playoffs.

He has appeared in the NBA Playoffs in six of his nine seasons, averaging 7.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 5.1 assists in 24.8 minutes in 41 games.

Tinsley will be backing up Mo Williams in the point guard position this season.


Alec Burks
Julio Cortez, AP

Position: Shooting Guard

Prior to NBA: University of Colorado

2nd year

Alec Burks was drafted by the Jazz before the lockout shortened 2011-2012 campaign. Last year, he played in 19 games, shot 36 percent from 3-point range, averaged 5.5 points per game.

High: 17 points against the Lakers on March 18, 2011. Alec Burks basically took over the fourth quarter, scoring 13 of his 17 points on the night in an array of shots that included a 3-pointer. He was one of six Jazz men to score in double figures, tying Enes Kanter and trailing only Paul Millsap, who scored 24.

Randy Foye
Rick Bowmer, AP

Position: Guard

Prior to NBA: Villanova University

7th season

Foye comes to the Jazz after a solid year with the LA Clippers. In addition to LA, he has previously played for Minnesota and Washington. It is hoped that he will help the Jazz backcourt by providing solid long-range shooting. For his career, Foye averages 31.7 percent from deep. His most productive year was 2009-10, the one he spent in DC; he averaged 12.5 points,

High: Randy Foye lit up the floor from everywhere beyond 3-point range on the road against the Mavericks last April. He made eight treys and scored 28 points—good thing too, his fellow Clippers really struggled that night. It was the Clippers sixth straight win.

Kevin Murphy
John Raoux, AP

Position: Guard

Prior to NBA: Tennessee Tech University

Rookie

The Jazz drafted Kevin Murphy 47th overall in last year's NBA draft, the only pick the Jazz had in 2012.

Kevin Murphy is one of 16 players in the history of the Ohio Valley Conference to score more than 2,000 points in a single season. He averaged 20.3 points per game during his senior campaign and was All-OVC for both his junior and senior seasons.

High: Murphy was the first NCAA player in 2012 to score at least 50 points in a single game. He did it on Jan 30 at home against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville.

Derrick Favors

Position: Forward

Prior to NBA: Georgia Tech University

3rd season

Derrick Favors is widely considered to be the future of the Utah Jazz frontcourt. He was a piece of the trade that sent all-star guard Deron Williams to New Jersey. He averaged 8.8 points and a block per game in 2011-12, playing in nearly every game and starting nine of them. He also shot 50 percent from the floor.

High: Derrick Favors basically took over the extra period in an overtime win at home on March 17, 2012 against the Golden State Warriors. Al Jefferson was away from the team due to his grandmother’s death, and Favors got the start in his place. He made all nine of his free throw attempts in the game and tallied up a game and career high 23 points on 53.8 percent shooting. He later said, “Coach trusted me enough at the end of the game to keep me in, so I couldn't let him down.”


DeMarre Carroll
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Position: Forward

Prior to NBA: University of Missouri

4th season

DeMarre Carroll joined the Jazz in February of last season, and was vital in his backup role when both C.J. Miles and Josh Howard went down injured in the final stretch of last season. He has previously played for Memphis, Houston, and Denver.

High: DeMarre Carroll played 45 minutes and scored 15 points on 50 percent shooting in a 3OT thriller on April 16, 2012. He was one of five players to score in double figures in a game that is most well-known for Delonte West sticking his finger in Gordon Heyward’s ear.

Jeremy Evans

Position: Forward

Prior to NBA: University of
Western Kentucky

3rd season

Jeremy Evans came to the Jazz in the second round of the 2010 NBA draft and has never left. As the fourth power option behind Millsap, Jefferson and Favors, Evans has struggled to get playing time. He averaged eight minutes and 0.8 blocks per game in the 2011-12 lockout-shortened campaign.

High: Known as “The Human Pogo Stick,” Evans’s best moment, and the one for which he is most well known, came during the 2011-12 All-Star break. Evans dunked two balls at once to claim the title of NBA Slam Dunk champion.

Enes Kanter
Pat Sullivan, AP

Position: Center

Prior to NBA: Fenerbahce Ulker; Kentucky

2nd season

In his first season with the Jazz last year, Enes Kanter played in 66 games, averaging 13.2 minutes per game. In those games he scored 4.6 points and brought down 4.2 rebounds per game.

High: In 2009 he played for the Turkish U18 national team at the European Championships in France. He was named the championship’s MVP after averaging 18.6 points and 16.4 rebounds and leading Turkey to the bronze medal.

Brian Butch
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Position: Center

Prior to NBA: N/A

Unsigned rookie

Butch has played for the D-League Bakersfield Jam since leaving the University of Wisconsin, but he missed the 2010-11 season. Last season, Brian played in 17 games for the Jam, averaging 28 minutes, 15.3 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. He also shot 37.1 percent from 3-point range. He was one of four players to be invited to camp.

High: Butch was named MVP of the 2010 D-League All-star game without being invited to the game to begin with. When Anthony Tolliver was called up to play with Golden State, Butch filled in and scored 18 points to go along with 13 rebounds.

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Trey Gilder
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Position: Forward

Prior to NBA: Northwestern State University

Unsigned rookie

Trey Gilder was signed by the Memphis Grizzlies in 2009 and played in their summer league. He has also played for the NBL in Australia and the NBA Developmental League.

High: Gilder was named to the 2006-07 All-Southland Conference Tournament Team in his first year with Northwestern State Demons.

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Darnell Jackson

Position: Forward

Prior to NBA: University of Kansas

4th season

Darnell Jackson was invited to the Jazz 2012 training camp, but has not been signed yet.

He was drafted by the Miami Heat and then immediately traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2008.

High: He was a key player in the Kansas Jayhawks' 2008 championship season, leading the team in rebounds and shooting percentage.

Chris Quinn
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Position: Guard

Prior to NBA: University of Notre Dame

6th season

Quinn was not drafted after college, but managed to work his way onto the Miami Heat roster in 2006-07. He has played for the Heat, the Nets, and the Spurs. He was also invited to Philadelphia's training camp in 2010.

High: Filling in for Dwyane Wade, Quinn threw down 26 points, including a late 3-pointer to give the Heat a lead and an eventual victory against Detroit on April 15, 2009.

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Raja Bell

Position: Guard

Prior to NBA: Florida International

13th season

Raja Bell was asked to not join the Jazz in their 2012 training camp, however he is not expected to be released from his contract.

Bell had a previous stint with the Jazz from 2003-05 and two years ago returned to the team.

While with the Jazz from 2003-05, he averaged just under 12 points and shot .388 from the three point line. However in the last two seasons, he has only averaged around seven points per game.