New Orleans Jazz Regular Season Rosters

1978-1979 New Orleans Jazz Regular Season Roster

Player Pos HT WT YOS Pre-Draft Team Draft Status Nationality
Gus Bailey GF 6-5 185 4 UTEP 1974 Rnd 2 Pick 5 United States
Allan Bristow GF 6-7 210 5 Virginia Tech 1973 Rnd 2 Pick 3 United States
Marty Byrnes SF 6-7 215 0 Syracuse 1978 Rnd 1 Pick 19 United States
Gail Goodrich G 6-1 170 13 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 2 Western Michigan 1976 Rnd 5 Pick 6 United States
James Hardy PF 6-8 220 0 San Francisco 1978 Rnd 1 Pick 11 United States
Spencer Haywood PF 6-8 225 8 Detroit-Mercy 1971 Rnd 2 Pick 13 United States
Wilbur Holland G 6-0 175 3 New Orleans 1975 Rnd 5 Pick 3 United States
Aaron James SF 6-8 210 4 Grambling State 1974 Rnd 2 Pick 10 United States
Rich Kelley C 7-0 235 3 Stanford 1975 Rnd 1 Pick 7 United States
Ron Lee PG 6-4 193 2 Oregon 1976 Rnd 1 Pick 10 United States
Pete Maravich GF 6-5 197 8 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 3 Southern Illinois 1975 Rnd 1 Pick 11 United States
Ben Poquette FC 6-9 235 1 Central Michigan 1977 Rnd 2 Pick 14 United States
Truck Robinson F 6-7 225 4 Tennessee State 1974 Rnd 2 Pick 4 United States
Ira Terrell PF 6-8 200 2 Southern Methodist 1976 Rnd 3 Pick 11 United States

1978-1979 New Orleans Depth Chart

  PG SG SF PF C
Starters J. McElroy G. Goodrich P. Maravich J. Hardy R. Kelley
Rotation T. Green   A. James P. Griffin  
Lim PT R. Lee   M. Byrnes S. Haywood  

1978-1979 Central Division Standings

RankTeamRecordGB
1San Antonio Spurs48-34-
2Houston Rockets47-351
3Atlanta Hawks46-362
4Detroit Pistons30-5218
5Cleveland Cavaliers30-5218
6New Orleans Jazz26-5622

1978-1979 New Orleans Awards & Honors

Player Award / Honor
Pete Maravich Eastern All-Star Fan Vote Selection (1979)

1978-1979 New Orleans Season Stat Leaders

Player GP MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TOV
Jim McElroy 79 34.2 16.9 2.7 5.7 1.9 0.6 3.0
Rich Kelley 80 33.8 15.7 12.8 3.6 1.6 2.1 3.6
Pete Maravich 49 37.2 22.6 2.5 5.0 1.2 0.4 4.1
Truck Robinson 43 41.4 24.2 13.4 1.7 0.7 1.5 3.3
Gail Goodrich 74 28.8 12.7 2.5 4.8 1.2 0.2 2.5
Spencer Haywood 34 39.4 24.0 9.6 2.1 0.9 1.6 3.3
Aaron James 73 19.4 10.0 3.4 1.1 0.4 0.3 1.5
James Hardy 68 21.4 6.7 4.6 1.0 0.8 0.9 1.4
Paul Griffin 77 18.2 3.9 5.1 1.8 0.7 0.5 1.5
Tommie Green 59 13.7 3.9 1.2 2.4 1.0 0.1 1.5
Joe C. Meriweather 36 17.8 6.1 5.1 0.9 0.5 1.1 1.2
Marty Byrnes 36 14.7 5.2 2.6 1.2 0.3 0.2 1.1
Ira Terrell 31 18.5 4.9 3.5 0.8 0.5 0.7 1.2
Ron Lee 17 23.4 6.7 3.2 4.3 2.2 0.1 2.9
Gus Bailey 2 4.5 2.0 1.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.5

1978-1979 New Orleans Jazz Roster Composition

Selected via Draft

Tommie Green was selected as the #13 pick in the Second Round of the 1978 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Jazz. Tommie Green signed a multi-year contract with the New Orleans Jazz on June 26, 1978.

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. Paul Griffin re-signed to a multi-year contract as a free agent with the New Orleans Jazz on September 14, 1978.

James Hardy was selected as the #11 pick in the First Round of the 1978 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Jazz. James Hardy signed a multi-year contract with the New Orleans Jazz on July 25, 1978.

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

Marty Byrnes was acquired in a trade by the New Orleans Jazz from the Phoenix Suns on January 12, 1979.

Spencer Haywood was acquired in a trade by the New Orleans Jazz from the New York Knicks on January 5, 1979.

Ron Lee was acquired in a trade by the New Orleans Jazz from the Phoenix Suns on January 12, 1979.

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.

Acquired via Free Agency

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