New Orleans Jazz Regular Season Rosters

1977-1978 New Orleans Jazz Regular Season Roster

Player Pos HT WT YOS Pre-Draft Team Draft Status Nationality
Gus Bailey GF 6-5 185 3 UTEP 1974 Rnd 2 Pick 5 United States
Freddie Boyd G 6-2 180 5 Oregon State 1972 Rnd 1 Pick 5 United States
Gail Goodrich G 6-1 170 12 UCLA 1965 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
Tommie Green PG 6-2 185 0 Southern 1978 Rnd 2 Pick 13 United States
Paul Griffin FC 6-9 205 1 Western Michigan 1976 Rnd 5 Pick 6 United States
Aaron James SF 6-8 210 3 Grambling State 1974 Rnd 2 Pick 10 United States
Rich Kelley C 7-0 235 2 Stanford 1975 Rnd 1 Pick 7 United States
Pete Maravich GF 6-5 197 7 LSU 1970 Rnd 1 Pick 3 United States
Jim McElroy PG 6-3 190 0 Central Michigan 1975 Rnd 3 Pick 2 United States
Joe C. Meriweather FC 6-10 215 2 Southern Illinois 1975 Rnd 1 Pick 11 United States
Truck Robinson F 6-7 225 3 Tennessee State 1974 Rnd 2 Pick 4 United States
Fred Saunders SF 6-7 210 3 Syracuse 1974 Rnd 2 Pick 13 United States
Slick Watts G 6-1 185 4 Xavier-Louisiana 1973 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States
Nate Williams GF 6-5 215 6 Utah State 1971 NBA Draft, Undrafted United States

1977-1978 New Orleans Depth Chart

  PG SG SF PF C
Starters G. Goodrich P. Maravich T. Robinson A. James R. Kelley
Rotation J. McElroy F. Boyd G. Bailey J. Meriweather  
Rotation       P. Griffin  
Lim PT   S. Watts F. Saunders    

1977-1978 Central Division Standings

RankTeamRecordGB
1San Antonio Spurs52-30-
2Washington Bullets44-388
3Cleveland Cavaliers43-399
4Atlanta Hawks41-4111
5New Orleans Jazz39-4313
6Houston Rockets28-5424

1977-1978 New Orleans Awards & Honors

Player Award / Honor
Truck Robinson All-NBA First Team (1978)
Pete Maravich All-NBA Second Team (1978)
Pete Maravich Eastern All-Star Fan Vote Selection (1978)
Truck Robinson Eastern All-Star Coaches Selection (1978)

1977-1978 New Orleans Season Stat Leaders

Player GP MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Truck Robinson 82 44.4 22.7 15.7 2.1 0.9 1.0 3.7
Pete Maravich 50 40.8 27.0 3.6 6.7 2.0 0.2 5.0
Gail Goodrich 81 31.5 16.1 2.2 4.8 1.0 0.3 2.5
Aaron James 80 26.5 12.2 5.3 1.4 0.5 0.3 1.6
Rich Kelley 82 25.8 10.2 9.3 2.8 1.1 1.6 2.7
Jim McElroy 74 23.8 9.4 2.0 3.9 0.8 0.5 1.9
Joe C. Meriweather 54 23.6 8.8 6.9 1.1 0.3 2.2 1.7
Paul Griffin 82 22.6 5.3 6.2 2.1 1.1 0.5 1.8
Slick Watts 39 19.9 7.2 2.5 4.1 1.4 0.4 1.9
Nate Williams 27 16.1 7.8 3.3 1.3 0.8 0.4 0.9
Gus Bailey 48 9.4 3.2 1.7 0.8 0.4 0.3 0.7
Fred Saunders 30 13.3 5.0 2.5 1.2 0.5 0.3 0.7
Freddie Boyd 21 17.3 4.9 0.9 2.3 0.4 0.1 1.0

1977-1978 New Orleans Jazz Roster Composition

Selected via Draft

Paul Griffin was selected as the #6 pick in the 5 Round of the 1976 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Jazz. Paul Griffin signed a multi-year contract with the New Orleans Jazz on September 1, 1976.

Aaron James was selected as the #10 pick in the Second Round of the 1974 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Jazz. Aaron James signed a multi-year contract with the New Orleans Jazz on June 26, 1974.

Rich Kelley was selected as the #7 pick in the First Round of the 1975 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Jazz. Rich Kelley signed a multi-year contract with the New Orleans Jazz on July 2, 1975.

Jim McElroy was selected as the #2 pick in the 3 Round of the 1975 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Jazz. Jim McElroy signed a multi-year contract with the New Orleans Jazz on September 1, 1975.

Acquired via Trade

Pete Maravich was acquired in a trade by the New Orleans Jazz from the Atlanta Hawks on May 21, 1974. Pete Maravich re-signed to a multi-year contract as a free agent with the New Orleans Jazz on September 1, 1975. Pete Maravich re-signed to a multi-year contract as a free agent with the New Orleans Jazz on August 10, 1977.

Joe C. Meriweather was acquired in a trade by the New Orleans Jazz from the Atlanta Hawks on October 13, 1977.

Fred Saunders was acquired in a trade by the New Orleans Jazz from the Boston Celtics on February 1, 1978.

Slick Watts was acquired in a trade by the New Orleans Jazz from the Seattle SuperSonics on January 4, 1978.

Acquired via Waiver Claim

Freddie Boyd was claimed off of the waiver wire by the New Orleans Jazz from the Philadelphia Sixers on January 23, 1976.

Acquired via Free Agency

Gus Bailey signed a multi-year contract as a free agent with the New Orleans Jazz on July 27, 1977.

Gail Goodrich signed a multi-year contract as a free agent with the New Orleans Jazz on July 19, 1976.

Truck Robinson signed a multi-year contract as a free agent with the New Orleans Jazz on June 28, 1977.