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Last year's ranking: 53
Title track: 102
Fan relations: 55
Stadium experience: 58
Bang for the buck: 89
If you're looking for a good time in Salt Lake City -- and who isn't? -- look no further than EnergySolutions Arena. You won't even have to dig too deep into your pockets. The Jazz's price for, well, just about everything is below the league average ($10 parking? Sounds good to us!). All of that contributes to a 27th ranking in affordability and a No. 39 spot in ownership. Despite these fan-friendly prices, however, there's been a steady decline for the Jazz in our Ultimate Standings. They ranked 35th overall in 2012, dropped 18 spots last year and slipped another 18 in this version.
So what gives? The slide can be directly attributed to Utah's young roster, which will add mysterious, but apparently talented, point guard Dante Exum -- the fifth overall pick in the draft -- and athletic Duke product Rodney Hood, the No. 23 pick. Those youngsters will join second-year point guard Trey Burke, last year's ninth overall selection, who was dealt to Utah on draft night.
There's hope that one of those guys will revive a recently slumping Utah, which had been one of the most consistent franchises in the NBA for a long stretch. The Jazz made the playoffs in every season from 1984 to 2003, including two Finals losses to MJ's Bulls. And even if the notoriously rabid SLC fan base won't see championship rounds up close any time soon, Jazz games will still make for a good (and inexpensive) diversion as they wait for the next Stockton-to-Malone.