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The 2007 Utah Jazz team that beat the Golden State Warriors in the playoffs - where are they now?

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During the 2007 NBA Playoffs, the Golden State Warriors pulled off one of the biggest upsets in first-round history, knocking off the No. 1 seeded Dallas Mavericks in six games.

However, in the next round, the Cinderella story came to a deflating end against the Utah Jazz, as Baron Davis, Monta Ellis, Jason Richardson and the Warriors were eliminated five games.

Deron Williams, Carlos Boozer and the Jazz went on to lose to the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference finals, falling to the eventual NBA champions in five games.

With the two teams preparing to do battle in this year's Western Conference semifinals 10 years after the Jazz's easy victory, there are no players still remaining from those rosters.

As the new-look Warriors (now the No. 1 seed) take on the No. 5 Jazz starting on Tuesday night, here's a look back at the main Utah contributors from the last time the Jazz and Warriors met in the postseason.

Atlanta Hawks v Cleveland Cavaliers

Deron Williams

Deron Williams was the unquestioned star of the 2006-07 Jazz squad, starting 80 games and averaged 16.2 points and a team-leading 9.3 assists per contest. 

He was traded to the Nets in 2011 and also played for the Dallas Mavericks for two seasons.

Currently, D-Will is a backup point guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he's averaging 7.5 points and 3.6 assists in limited action off the bench.

Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers, Game 2

Carlos Boozer

Boozer led the Jazz in scoring and rebounding during the 06-07 season, averaging 20.9 points and 11.7 boards in 74 games.

Boozer stayed with the Jazz until 2010, when he signed with the Chicago Bulls, where he played until the 2014 season.

This year, Boozer played with the Guangdong Southern Tigers in the Chinese Basketball Association.

Washington Wizards v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

Paul Millsap

Millsap was not yet the star he is now during the 2006-07 season, playing a backup role for the Jazz during his rookie season.

In 18 minutes per night off the bench, Millsap averaged 6.8 points and 5.2 rebounds while appearing in all 82 games.

Now a star with the Atlanta Hawks, Millsap may be on his way out the door. After saying he'd probably opt out of his contract this offseason, the one-time Jazz star will likely be looking for his third NBA team this summer.

Utah Jazz v Miami Heat

Andrei Kirilenko

Kirilenko, nicknamed AK-47, was a fan favorite during his 10 years in Utah. During the 06-07 season, he played a key role for the Jazz, averaging 8.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.

AK-47 continued to play for Utah until 2011. Before the 2012 season, he signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves and also played for the Brooklyn Nets during his NBA career.

He returned to Russia to play for CSKA Moscow in 2015, lasting only one season before announcing his retirement from basketball. 

New York Knicks v Cleveland Cavaliers

Derek Fisher

Fisher came over from the Warriors just in time for the 06-07 season and ended up starting for the Jazz squad that knocked his former team out of the playoffs.

During that season, Fisher averaged 10.1 points and 3.3 assists per game while appearing in all 82 contests (and making 61 starts).

Following an ill-fated two-year stint as the head coach of the New York Knicks, Fisher now serves as an NBA analyst for Turner Sports.

Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers, Game 5

Mehmet Okur

Okur was the starting center for the 2006-07 Jazz, averaging 17.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per night for the team.

Okur stayed with the Jazz until 2011 and then played one season for Brooklyn Nets before retiring. He is now a player development coach for the Phoenix Suns.

Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers, Game 1

Matt Harpring

Harpring served as the Jazz's sixth man, averaging 11.6 points and 4.6 rebounds in 25.5 minutes per game off the bench.

He is now a color analyst for the Jazz, paired with play-by-play man Craig Bolerjack.

Topics:
Golden State Warriors
Pacific Division
Western Conference
NBA
Stephen Curry
NBA Playoffs
Kevin Durant
Oklahoma City Thunder
Northwest Division
Utah Jazz

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