Jazz announce training camp roster
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Utah Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor announced Sunday the team's 2010-11 training camp roster. In a related move, the Jazz signed NBA veteran free agent Demetris Nichols (F, 6-8, 218, Syracuse) and rookie free agent Ryan Thompson (G, 6-6, 210, Rider) and invited them to training camp. Utah's roster now stands at 16 players as the team prepares for its annual Media Day on Monday.

The Jazz return nine players from last season's squad that finished 53-29 and advanced to the Western Conference Semifinals, and welcomes 2010 draft picks Gordon Hayward (F, 6-8, 207, Butler) and Jeremy Evans (F, 6-9, 196, Western Kentucky) and offseason acquisitions Raja Bell, Al Jefferson, Francisco Elson and Earl Watson in addition to the two players the team added today. Nichols has appeared in a total of 18 NBA games over two seasons (2007-09) with Cleveland, Chicago and New York, holding career averages of 1.2 points and 0.4 rebounds in 3.2 minutes per game. Nichols also played for the Jazz's entry in the 2010 Orlando Pro Summer League, where he averaged 5.0 points, 1.0 rebound and 0.3 assists in 11.5 minutes per game. Thompson, the younger brother of the Sacramento Kings' Jason Thompson, was not selected in the 2010 NBA Draft and played for the Boston Celtics' entry in the Orlando Summer League, where he averaged 9.3 points, 2.5 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 19.3 minutes per game. He also played for the Kings entry in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, appearing in five games (three starts) and averaging 5.0 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 15.8 minutes. As a senior at Rider in 2010-11, he appeared in 33 games (all starts) and averaged 17.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists. 2010-11 Utah Jazz Roster 2009-10 Regular Season Avg.No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Birthdate College/From Yrs. PPG RPG APG19 Raja Bell G 6-5 215 9/19/76 Florida International 10 11.8 3.8 2.216 Francisco Elson C/F 7-0 240 2/28/76 California 7 1.0 1.2 0.240 Jeremy Evans F 6-9 196 10/24/87 Western Kentucky R 10.0* 6.9* 6.9* 2 Sundiata Gaines G 6-1 185 4/18/86 Georgia 1 3.3 0.9 1.220 Gordon Hayward F 6-8 207 3/23/90 Butler R 15.5* 8.2* 1.7* 6 Othyus Jeffers G/F 6-5 210 8/15/85 Robert Morris (IL) 1 2.6 1.4 0.125 Al Jefferson C/F 6-10 265 1/4/85 Prentiss H.S. (MS) 6 17.1 9.3 1.847 Andrei Kirilenko F 6-9 235 2/18/81 St. Petersburg, Russia 9 11.9 4.6 2.734 C.J. Miles G/F 6-6 220 3/18/87 Skyline H.S. (TX) 5 9.9 2.7 1.724 Paul Millsap F 6-8 246 2/10/85 Louisiana Tech 4 11.6 6.8 1.610 Demetris Nichols F 6-8 218 9/4/84 Syracuse 2 —- —- —- 13 Mehmet Okur C 6-11 273 5/26/79 Yalova, Turkey 8 13.5 7.1 1.617 Ronnie Price G 6-2 187 6/21/83 Utah Valley Univ. 5 4.3 1.2 2.1 5 Ryan Thompson G 6-6 210 6/9/88 Rider R 17.2* 5.0* 2.8*11 Earl Watson G 6-1 185 6/12/79 UCLA 9 7.8 3.0 5.1 8 Deron Williams G 6-3 207 6/26/84 Illinois 5 18.7 4.0 10.5 * indicates college statistics Head Coach: Jerry Sloan, Evansville Assistant Coaches: Phil Johnson, Utah State Tyrone Corbin, DePaul Scott Layden, St. Francis (PA) Assistant Coach, Player Development: Mark McKown, South Carolina Upstate Head Athletic Trainer: Gary Briggs, Morehead State Asst. Athletic Trainer/Equipment Manager: Brian Zettler, Texas A&M, North Texas Numerical Roster 2 Sundiata Gaines 5 Ryan Thompson 6 Othyus Jeffers 8 Deron Williams 10 Demetris Nichols 11 Earl Watson 13 Mehmet Okur 16 Francisco Elson 17 Ronnie Price 19 Raja Bell 20 Gordon Hayward 24 Paul Millsap 25 Al Jefferson 34 C.J. Miles 40 Gordon Hayward 47 Andrei Kirilenko2010-11 Jazz Roster Breakdown Roster Breakdown (16 players):Guards (8): Raja Bell, Sundiata Gaines, Othyus Jeffers, C.J. Miles, Ronnie Price, Ryan Thompson, Earl Watson, Deron WilliamsForwards (5): Jeremy Evans, Gordon Hayward, Andrei Kirilenko, Paul Millsap, Demetris NicholsCenters (3): Francisco Elson, Al Jefferson, Mehmet Okur How 2010-11 Roster Was Built:DRAFTED BY JAZZ (6): First Round (3)Deron Williams (G), 2005, first round (third overall)Gordon Hayward (F), 2010, first round (ninth overall)Andrei Kirilenko (F), 1999, first round (24th overall) Second Round (3)C.J. Miles (G), 2005, second round (34th overall)Paul Millsap (F), 2007, second round (47th overall)Jeremy Evans (F), 2010, second round (55th overall) BY TRADE (1):Al Jefferson (C/F), from Minnesota, in exchange for Kosta Koufos, two future first-round picks and the Jazz's trade exception (7/13/10) FREE AGENTS (9):Mehmet Okur (F/C), signed on 7/27/04 (Detroit)Ronnie Price (G), signed on 7/26/07 (Sacramento)Sundiata Gaines (G), signed on 1/5/10Othyus Jeffers (G/F), signed on 3/4/10Raja Bell (G), signed on 7/19/10Francisco Elson (C/F), signed on 9/15/10Earl Watson (G), signed on 9/24/10 (Indiana)Demetris Nichols (F), signed on 9/27/10Ryan Thompson (G), signed on 9/27/10 WHERE THEY WERE DRAFTED: First Round (4)3rd – Deron Williams (G), 2005 by Utah9th – Gordon Hayward (F), 2010 by Utah15th – Al Jefferson (C/F), 2004 by Boston24th – Andrei Kirilenko (F), 1999 by Utah Second Round (7)34th – C.J. Miles (G), 2005 by Utah38th – Mehmet Okur (C), 2001 by Detroit39th – Earl Watson (G), 2001 by Seattle41st – Francisco Elson (C/F), 1999 by Denver47th – Paul Millsap (F), 2007 by Utah53rd – Demetris Nichols (F), 2007 by Portland55th – Jeremy Evans (F), 2010 by Utah Undrafted (5)Raja Bell (G), 1999Ronnie Price (G), 2005Sundiata Gaines (G), 2008Othyus Jeffers (G/F), 2008Ryan Thompson (G), 2010RETURNEES FROM 2009-10 JAZZ (9)Sundiata Gaines, Othyus Jeffers, Andrei Kirilenko, C.J. Miles, Paul Millsap, Mehmet Okur, Ronnie Price, Deron Williams FORMER NBA TEAMMATESFrancisco Elson & Earl Watson (2005-06 – Denver Nuggets, 2007-08 – Seattle SuperSonics) COLLEGIATE FINAL FOURS (2)Deron Williams (1, Illinois – 2005), Gordon Hayward (1, Butler – 2010) COLLEGIATE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES (2)Deron Williams (1, Illinois – 2005), Gordon Hayward (1, Butler – 2010) COLLEGIATE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS (0)none NBA PLAYOFF EXPERIENCE (TOTAL: 12 players, 379 games; JAZZ ONLY: 8 players, 223 games)Player Playoff Gm Appearances Mehmet Okur 71 39 – Detroit (2003-04), 32 – Utah (2007-10)Raja Bell 68 18 – Philadelphia (2001-02), 17 – Dallas (2003), 33 – Phoenix (2006-08)Andrei Kirilenko 45 Utah (2002-03, '07-10)Paul Millsap 44 Utah (2007-10)Deron Williams 44 Utah (2007-10) Francisco Elson 30 10 – Denver (2004-06), 20 – San Antonio (2007)Ronnie Price 28 4 – Sacramento (2006), 24 – Utah (2008-10)C.J. Miles 23 Utah (2007-10) Earl Watson 8 Memphis (2004-05)Al Jefferson 7 Boston (2005)Othyus Jeffers 6 Utah (2010) Sundiata Gaines 5 Utah (2010) 12 PLAYERS 379 223 games with Utah NBA FINALS (3)Raja Bell (1, Philadelphia – 2001), Mehmet Okur (1, Detroit – 2004), Francisco Elson (1, San Antonio – 2007) NBA CHAMPIONSHIPS (2)Mehmet Okur (1, Detroit – 2004), Francisco Elson (1, San Antonio – 2007)