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Introducing The Jazz of New Jersey

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Across Utah Friday, writers are having a good time referring to the Nets as "Eastern Utah", the "Beehive State Nets", "Jazz East Coast" and "New Jersey Jazz".

And why not? Five Nets got their start or played for years in Utah.

Deron Williams was drafted at #3 by the Jazz in 2005, played five and a half years in Utah; Kris Humphries, drafted at #14 by the Jazz in 2004, played two years in Utah; Mehmet Okur, signed as a free agent by the Jazz in 2004, played seven years in Utah; DeShawn Stevenson, drafted at #23 by the Jazz in 2000, played two years in Utah; and Sundiata Gaines, signed to a 10-day contract by the Jazz in 2010, played 32 games in Utah.