Utah March Madness: 5 Dr. Dunkenstein vs 12 Horney

5 Darrell Griffith “Dr. Dunkenstein:

NBA Per Game Stats: 16.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists

NBA Career Stats: 12391 points, 1627 assists, 2519 rebounds

Awards:

No. 35 retired by Utah Jazz

NBA All-Rookie First Team (1981)

NBA Rookie of the Year (1981)

Why should you vote for him?

He was the Dunk King before Donovan Mitchell and was the only Jazz player to win Rookie of the Year. He was an integral part of the team that began to make the playoffs for the first time in the team’s early history.

Vote for Dr. Dunkenstein if you’re a fan of one of perhaps the greatest dunkers to never win a dunk contest. He participated in 1984 and 1985 but back then it was stiff competition with 8 participants each year. Imagine if guys like LeBron actually participated in the dunk contest. It would be tough to win against the best competition! Darrell finished 4th and 5th respectively. He was a high flying dunker though and Donovan Mitchell knew enough Jazz history to pay tribute to him when he won the dunk contest as a rookie. Griffith is a Jazz legend and that’s why his number was retired.

12 Jeff Hornacek “Horney

NBA Per Game Stats: 14.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.9 assists

NBA Career Stats: 15659 points, 5281 assists, 40.3% 3PT

Awards:

NBA All-Star (1992)

2x NBA Three-Point Shootout Champion (1998, 2000)

No. 14 retired by Utah Jazz

Why should you vote for him?

Jeff Hornacek was an important piece to the puzzle that helped the Jazz get over the hump and make it to the finals. Before, they were close but could never quite win the West. They traded Jeff Malone for “Horney” in 1994 and in three years the rest was history.

Vote for Hornacek if you’re a fan of one of the best pure shooters the Jazz have seen. He was basically a 40-50-90 guy as he averaged over 40 percent from three, 50 percent from the field and nearly 90% from the free throw line over his career. He was a master in moving without the ball and hitting much needed open shots when Stockton and Malone were being heavily guarded. “Horney” is a Jazz legend and a sleeper upset pick as a 12 seed.

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