For the first time since Deron Williams was traded to New Jersey 20 months ago, the Utah Jazz have a team captain.

Three of them, in fact.

Mo Williams, Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap.

Coach Tyrone Corbin jokingly said he isn't sure whether a letter "C" will be sewed onto the Jazz jerseys with numbers 5, 24 and 25. Regardless of what the uniform manufacturer does, those veteran players will carry a shared leadership mantle of responsibility during the 2012-13 campaign, which begins Wednesday night at home against Dallas.

Corbin was essentially the head coach and team captain last year and since the post-Jerry Sloan/D-Will portion of the 2010-11 season. Now in his quasi-third season, he's passing along that leadership duty to Williams, Jefferson and Millsap.

The Voice. The Mentor. The Example.

The assigned tri-captainship comes with high expectations from Corbin: "Being leaders, being good teammates, understanding where we are and working together to keep us better."