The Winnipeg Blue Bombers used a strong second-half performance as they knocked off the BC Lions 23-13 on Thursday night at Investors Group Field in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

After trailing 10-7 at halftime, Winnipeg outscored the Lions 16-3 to improve to 3-3 on the season.

Drew Willy led the way for the Bombers on the ground and through the air in the win. He completed 17-of-25 passes for 269 yards, including touchdown passes of 8 and 56 yards. He also led the rushing attack with five carries for 72 yards.

His favorite target on the night was Darvin Adams who caught four passes for 127 yards and a 56-yard touchdown. Justin Veltung added a team-high five receptions for 58 yards, including an eight-yard touchdown. Cameron Marshall made solid contributions in the running game with 10 carries for 50 yards.

The Lions moved the ball well on offense, but had three costly interceptions as they fell to 2-3. Travis Lulay completed 22-of-33 passes for 255 yards and a touchdown. His favorite weapons on the night were Courtney Taylor and Shawn Gore. Taylor had four catches for 59 yards and the only Lions touchdown of the night while Gore managed five receptions for 57 yards.

Andrew Harris also had a big night for BC in the defeat. He had 24 carries for 117 yards to go along with four catches for 50 yards.

Austin Collie had another solid night for the Lions. He had seven and nine-yard receptions on the first drive of the game with both resulting in first downs. He added a 16-yard catch late in the first half that gave the Lions another first down and put them in position for a 24-yard Richie Leone field goal for a 10-7 lead.

Collie finished the night with four catches for 34 yards. So far this season, he has 19 receptions for 213 yards and two touchdowns, but has just eight catches for 64 yards over the last three games.

Up next for Collie and the Lions is a matchup with the Edmonton Eskimos at home on Thursday. The Eskimos are first place in the West Division with a 3-1 record with a game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Friday night before they square off with BC. Edmonton is on a three-game winning streak (after an opening week loss to the Toronto Argonauts), with two wins over the Ottawa REDBLACKS and a 32-3 victory over Winnipeg.

While there were still plenty of misses in the first round, the 1996 NBA draft was one of the deepest and most talented in league history. There were 11 all-stars, three MVP’s and some of the best guards that have played in the last 20 years. There were also a handful of contributors who were eligible for the draft, but didn’t get selected.

The draft consisted of two rounds with 29 picks per round. Of the 58 selections, 47 played in the league, according to basketball-reference.com.

The player drafted the latest who played in the league was Drew Barry. He was selected with the 28th pick of the second round (57th overall) by the Seattle SuperSonics and played three seasons.

Here is how the 1996 draft would have gone if it was done today.

H.M. Mark Pope, Kentucky

Pope was taken by the Indiana Pacers with the 23rd pick of the second round (52nd overall). He played six years for the Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks and the Denver Nuggets. His best season came in 2000-01 when he started 45 games for the Bucks and averaged 2.4 points on 43.7 percent shooting from the floor. He added 2.3 rebounds in 15 minutes a game.

For his career, he averaged 1.9 points on 40.1 percent shooting with 1.7 rebounds in 153 games.

H.M. Brian Evans, Indiana

The Orlando Magic took Evans with the 27th overall pick. He played three years for the Magic, New Jersey Nets and the Minnesota Timberwolves. His best season came with the Magic and the Nets in 1997-98 when he played 72 games and averaged 4.5 points on 39.4 percent shooting from the floor. He added 1.9 rebounds in 12.4 minutes a games.

For his career, he averaged 3.7 points on 38.1 percent shooting with 1.6 rebounds in 102 games.

H.M. Mark Hendrickson, Washington State

Hendrickson was the second pick of the second round (31st overall) by the Philadelphia 76ers. He played four years for the 76ers, Sacramento Kings, New Jersey Nets and the Cleveland Cavaliers. His most productive season came with the Kings in 1998-99 when he played 22 games and averaged 5.5 points on 44.3 percent shooting from the floor. He added 3.1 rebounds in 18.1 minutes a night.

For his career, he averaged 3.3 points on 41.6 percent shooting with 2.8 rebounds in 114 games.

H.M. Roy Rogers, Alabama

Rogers was the 22nd overall selection by the Vancouver Grizzlies. He played three years for the Grizzlies, Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors and the Denver Nuggets. His best season came as a rookie with the Grizzlies when he played 82 games and averaged 6.6 points on 50.5 percent shooting from the floor. He added 4.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 22.5 minutes.

For his career, he averaged 4.8 points on 48.3 percent shooting with 3.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 137 games.

H.M. Todd Fuller, North Carolina State

The Golden State Warriors selected Fuller with the 11th overall pick. He played five years for the Warriors, Utah Jazz, Charlotte Hornets and the Miami Heat. One of his most productive seasons came with Golden State as a rookie when he played 75 games and averaged 4.1 points on 42.9 percent shooting from the floor. He added 3.3 rebounds in 12.7 minutes per game.

For his career, he averaged 3.7 points on 42.2 percent shooting with 3.0 rebounds in 225 games.

H.M. Randy Livingston, LSU

The Houston Rockets took Livingston with the 13th pick of the second round (42nd overall). He played 11 years for the Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors, Seattle SuperSonics, New Orleans Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers, Utah Jazz and the Chicago Bulls. His most productive season came with the Suns in 1999-2000 he played 79 games and averaged 4.8 points on 41.6 percent shooting from the floor. He added 2.2 assists and 1.6 rebounds in 13.7 minutes.

For his career, he averaged 3.8 points on 40.6 percent shooting with 2.0 assists and 1.4 rebounds in 203 games.

H.M. Darvin Ham, Texas Tech

Ham started his career with Denver Nuggets in 1996 after he went undrafted. He played eight years for the Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, Washington Wizards, Milwaukee Bucks and the Atlanta Hawks. His best year came with the Bucks in 1999-2000 when he played 35 games and averaged 5.1 points on 55.5 percent shooting from the floor. He added 4.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 22.6 minutes.

For his career, he averaged 2.7 points on 51.8 percent shooting with 2.3 rebounds in 417 games.

H.M. Travis Knight, Connecticut

Knight was the 29th overall selection by the Chicago Bulls, but was released only weeks later. He played seven years for the Los Angeles Lakers, Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks. One of his most productive seasons came in Boston in 1997-98 when he played 74 games and averaged 6.5 points on 44.1 percent shooting from the floor. He added 4.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 blocks in 20.3 minutes.

For his career, he averaged 3.4 points on 43.8 percent shooting with 3.1 rebounds in 371 games.

H.M. Jamie Feick, Michigan State

Feick was the 19th pick of the second round (48th overall) by the Philadelphia 76ers, but was waived before ever playing a game. He played five years for the Charlotte Hornets, San Antonio Spurs, Milwaukee Bucks and the New Jersey Nets. His best year came with the Nets in 1999-2000 when he played 81 games and averaged 5.7 points on 42.8 percent shooting from the floor. He added 9.3 rebounds, including 3.3 on the offensive end in 27.7 minutes.

For his career, he averaged 4.5 points on 42.4 percent shooting with 7.1 rebounds in 201 games.

H.M. Adrian Griffin, Seton Hall

Griffin started his career with the Boston Celtics in 1999 after going on drafted. He played nine season for the Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls and the Seattle SuperSonics. His best season came with the Mavericks in 2001-02 when he played 58 games and averaged 7.2 points on 49.9 percent shooting from the floor. He added 3.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.3 steals in 23.8 minutes.

For his career, he averaged 4.0 points on 43.8 percent shooting with 3.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 477 games.

29. Walter McCarty, Kentucky

The New York Knicks took McCarty with the 19th overall pick. He played 10 years for the Knicks, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Clippers. One of his most productive seasons came with the Celtics in 1997-98 when he played 82 games and averaged 9.6 points on 404.4 percent shooting from the floor. He added 4.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.3 steals in 28.5 minutes.

For his career, he averaged 5.2 points on 39.2 percent shooting with 2.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 593 games.

28. Moochie Norris, West Florida

Norris was taken by the Milwaukee Bucks with the fourth pick of the second round (33rd overall), but was waived before he played a game. He played nine years for the Vancouver Grizzlies, Seattle SuperSonics, Houston Rockets, New York Knicks and the New Orleans Hornets. His best season came with the Rockets in 2001-02 when he played 82 games and averaged 8.1 points on 39.8 percent shooting from the floor. He added 4.9 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 27.4 minutes.

For his career, he averaged 5.1 points on 40.1 percent shooting with 2.8 assists and 2.0 rebounds in 445 games.

27. John Wallace, Syracuse

The New York Knicks took Wallace with the 18th overall pick. He played seven years for the Knicks, Toronto Raptors, Detroit Pistons, Phoenix Suns and the Miami Heat. His best season came with Toronto in 1997-98 when he played 82 games and averaged 14 points on 47.8 percent shooting from the floor. He added 4.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.2 blocks in 28.8 minutes.

For his career, he averaged 7.6 points on 46.2 percent shooting with 2.8 rebounds in 381 games.

26. Samaki Walker, Louisville

Walker was the ninth overall selection by the Dallas Mavericks. He played 10 years for the Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, Washington Wizards and the Indiana Pacers. One of his best seasons came with Dallas in 1997-98 when he played 41 games and averaged 8.9 points on 48.6 percent shooting from the floor. He added 7.4 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 25 minutes.

For his career, he averaged 5.3 points on 46.2 percent shooting with 4.7 rebounds in 445 games.

25. Vitaly Potapenko, Wright State

Potapenko was the 12th overall selection by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He played 11 years for the Cavaliers, Boston Celtics, Seattle SuperSonics and the Sacramento Kings. His best season came in 1998-99 when he played 50 games and averaged 10 points on 49.5 percent shooting from the floor. He added 6.6 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 27.9 minutes.

For his career, he averaged 6.5 points on 47.9 percent shooting with 4.5 rebounds in 610 games.

24. Erick Strickland, Nebraska

Strickland landed with the Dallas Mavericks in 1996 after he went undrafted. He played nine seasons with the Mavericks, New York Knicks, Vancouver Grizzlies, Boston Celtics, Indiana Pacers and the Milwaukee Bucks. His best season came in Dallas in 1999-2000 when he played 68 games and averaged 12.8 points on 43.3 percent shooting from the floor. He added 4.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.5 steals in 29.8 minutes.

For his career, he averaged 7.5 points on 39.2 percent shooting with 2.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 501 games.

23. Tony Delk, Kentucky

The Charlotte Hornets took Delk with the 16th overall pick. He played 10 years for the Hornets, Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings, Phoenix Suns, Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks and the Detroit Pistons. One of his best seasons came with the Suns in 2000-01 when he played 82 games and averaged 12.3 points on 41.5 percent shooting from the floor. He added 3.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 27.9 minutes.

For his career, he averaged 9.1 points on 40.8 percent shooting with 2.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 545 games.

22. Malik Rose, Drexel

The Charlotte Hornets took Rose with the 15th pick of the second round (44th overall). He played 13 years for the Hornets, San Antonio Spurs, New York Knicks and the Oklahoma City Thunder. One of his best seasons came with the Spurs in 2002-03 when he played 79 games and averaged 10.4 points on 45.9 percent shooting from the floor. He added 6.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 24.5 minutes.

For his career, he averaged 6.2 points on 43.7 percent shooting with 4.1 rebounds in 813 games.

21. Jerome Williams, Georgetown

Williams was taken by the Detroit Pistons with the 26th overall pick. He played nine years for the Pistons, Toronto Raptors, Chicago Bulls and the New York Knicks. His most productive season came with Toronto in 2002-03 when he played 71 games and averaged 9.7 points on 49.9 percent shooting from the floor. He added 9.2 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.3 assists in 33 minutes.

For his career, he averaged 6.6 points on 50.2 percent shooting with 6.4 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 587 games.

20. Shandon Anderson, Georgia

The Utah Jazz landed Anderson with 25th pick of the second round (54th overall). He played 10 years for the Jazz, Houston Rockets, New York Knicks and the Miami Heat. His best season came with the Rockets in 1999-2000 when he started all 82 games and averaged 12.3 points on 47.3 percent shooting from the floor. He added 4.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.2 steals in 32.9 minutes.

For his career, he averaged 7.4 points on 45.7 percent shooting with 3.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 719 games.

19. Othella Harrington, Georgetown

Harrington was the first pick of the second round (30th overall) by the Houston Rockets. He played 12 years for the Rockets, Vancouver Grizzlies, New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls and the Charlotte Hornets. One of his most productive seasons came with the Grizzlies in 1999-2000 when he started all 82 games and averaged 13.1 points on 50.6 percent shooting from the floor. He added 6.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 32.6 minutes.

For his career, he averaged 7.4 points on 50.5 percent shooting with 4.4 rebounds in 709 games.

18. Chucky Atkins, South Florida

Atkins started his NBA career with the Orlando Magic in 1999 after going undrafted . He played 11 seasons for the Magic, Detroit Pistons, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, Washington Wizards, Memphis Grizzlies, Denver Nuggets and the Oklahoma City Thunder. One of his best seasons came with the Grizzlies in 2006-07 when he played 74 games and averaged 13.2 points on 43.4 percent shooting from the floor. He added 4.6 assists and 1.9 rebounds in 27.5 minutes.

For his career, he averaged 9.9 points on 41.2 percent shooting with 3.4 assists and 1.7 rebounds in 696 games.

17. Jeff McInnis, North Carolina

McInnis was the eighth pick in the second round (37th overall) by the Denver Nuggets. He played 11 seasons for the Nuggets, Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Clippers, Portland Trail Blazers, Cleveland Cavaliers, New Jersey Nets and the Charlotte Bobcats. One of his best seasons came with the Clippers in 2001-02 when he played 81 games and averaged 14.6 points on 41.3 percent shooting from the floor. He added 6.2 assists and 2.6 rebounds in 37.4 minutes.

For his career, he averaged 9.4 points on 43.1 percent shooting with 4.4 assists and 2.0 rebounds in 576 games.

16. Lorenzen Wright, Memphis

Wright was the seventh overall pick by the Los Angeles Clippers. He played 13 years for the Clippers, Atlanta Hawks, Memphis Grizzlies, Sacramento Kings and the Cleveland Cavaliers. One of his best seasons came with the Grizzlies in 2001-02 when he played 43 games and averaged 12.0 points on 45.9 percent shooting from the floor. He added 9.4 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 29.1 minutes.

For his career, he averaged 8.0 points on 45.9 percent shooting with 6.4 rebounds in 778 games.

15. Erick Dampier, Mississippi State

Dampier was taken by the Indiana Pacers with the 10th overall selection. He played 16 years for the Pacers, Golden State Warriors, Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat and the Atlanta Hawks. His best season came with the Warriors in 2003-04 when he played 74 games and averaged 12.3 points on 53.5 percent shooting from the floor. He added 12.0 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots in 32.5 minutes.

For his career, he averaged 7.4 points on 49.8 percent shooting with 7.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 987 games.

14. Derek Fisher, Arkansas Little Rock

Fisher was the 24th overall pick by the Los Angeles Lakers. He played 18 seasons for the Lakers, Golden State Warriors, Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder and the Dallas Mavericks. ONe of his best seasons came with the Warriors in 2005-06 when he played 82 games and averaged 13.3 points on 41 percent shooting from the floor. He added 4.3 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 31.6 minutes.

For his career, he averaged 8.3 points on 39.9 percent shooting with 3.0 assists, 2.1 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 1,287 games.

13. Kerry Kittles, Villanova

The New Jersey Nets took Kittles with the eighth overall selection. He played eight years for the Nets and the Los Angeles Clippers. His best season came with New Jersey in 1997-98 when he played 77 games and averaged 17.2 points on 44 percent shooting from the floor. He added 4.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 steals in 36.5 minutes.

For his career, he averaged 14.1 points on 43.9 percent shooting with 3.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.6 steals in 507 games.

12. Antoine Walker, Kentucky

The Boston Celtics took Walker with the sixth overall pick. He played 12 years for the Celtics, Dallas Mavericks, Atlanta Hawks, Miami Heat and the Minnesota Timberwolves. One of his best seasons came with Boston in 1997-98 when he made his first of three all-star games. That year, he played 82 games and averaged 22.4 points on 42.3 percent shooting from the floor. He added 10.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.7 steals in 39.9 minutes.

For his career, he averaged 17.5 points on 41.4 percent shooting with 7.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 893 games.

11. Shareef Abdur-Rahim, California

Abdur-Rahim was taken with the third overall pick by the Vancouver Grizzlies. He played 12 years for the Grizzlies, Atlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers and the Sacramento Kings.  One of his best seasons came with the Hawks in 2001-02 when he made his only all-star game after he averaged 21.2 points on 46.1 percent shooting from the floor. He added 9.0 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.1 blocks in 38.7 minutes.

For his career, he averaged 18.1 points on 47.2 percent shooting with 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 steals in 830 games.

10. Zydrunas Ilgauskas

Ilgauskas landed with the Cleveland Cavaliers with the 20th overall pick. He played 13 years for the Cavaliers and the Miami Heat. One of his best seasons came in Cleveland in 2004-05 when he made his second all-star game. That year, he played 78 games and averaged 16.9 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.1 blocks and 1.3 assists in 33.5 minutes.

For his career, he averaged 13 points on 47.6 percent shooting with 7.3 rebounds, 1.6 blocks and 1.1 assists in 843 games.

9. Marcus Camby, Massachusetts

The Toronto Raptors selected Camby with the second overall pick. He played 17 seasons for the Raptors, New York Knicks, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers, Portland Trail Blazers and the Houston Rockets. He led the league in blocks per game four times, finished second in rebounding twice, made All-defensive first-team twice and was the Defensive Player of the Year in 2006-07. One of his best seasons came with Denver in 2005-06 when he played 56 games and averaged 12.8 points on 46.5 percent shooting from the floor. He added 11.9 rebounds, 3.3 blocks, 2.1 assists and 1.4 steals in 33.2 minutes.

For his career, he averaged 9.5 points on 46.6 percent shooting with 9.8 rebounds, 2.4 blocks, 1.9 assists and 1.0 steals in 973 games.

8. Peja Stojakovic

Stojakovic was taken with the Sacramento Kings with the 14th overall pick. He played 13 years for the Kings, Indiana Pacers, New Orleans Hornets, Toronto Raptors and the Dallas Mavericks. He was a great shooter who was three-time all-star and an second-team All-NBA performer one time. His best season came in 2003-04 with the Kings when he played 81 games and averaged 24.2 points on 48 percent shooting from the floor. He added 6.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.3 steals in 40.3 minutes.

For his career, he averaged 17 points on 45 percent shooting with 4.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 804 games.

7. Stephon Marbury, Georgia Tech

Marbury was taken by the Milwaukee Bucks with the fourth overall pick and traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves. He played 13 years for the Timberwolves, New Jersey Nets, Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks and the Boston Celtics. He was a two-time third-team All-NBA honoree who finished in the top 10 in assists per game nine times. One of his best seasons came in 2000-01 when he made his first of two all-star games. That year, he played 67 games and averaged 23.9 points on 44.1 percent shooting from the floor. He added 7.6 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 38.2 minutes.

For his career, he averaged 19.3 points on 43.3 percent shooting with 7.6 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 846 games.

6. Jermaine O’Neal

The Portland Trail Blazers landed O’Neal with the 17th overall selection. He played 18 years for the Blazers, Indiana Pacers, Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat, Boston Celtics, Phoenix Suns and the Golden State Warriors. He was a six-time all-star, was second-team All-NBA once and third-team All-NBA twice. One of his best seasons came in 2002-03 when he played 77 games and averaged 20.8 points on 48.4 percent shooting from the floor. He added 10.3 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 2.0 assists in 37.2 minutes.

For his career, he averaged 13.2 points on 46.7 percent shooting with 7.2 rebounds, 1.8 blocks and 1.4 assists  in 1,011 games.

5. Ben Wallace, Virginia Union

Wallace landed with the Washington Bullets in 1996 after he went undrafted. He played 16 seasons for the Bullets/Wizards, Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers. He was an all-defense first-team selection five times, a four-time all-star, won defensive player of the year four times and was All-NBA second or third-team on five occasions. One of his best seasons came with the Pistons in 2002-03 when he started 73 games and averaged 6.9 points on 48.1 percent shooting from the floor. He added a league-leading 15.4 rebounds, 3.2 blocks, 1.6 assists and 1.4 steals in 39.4 minutes.

For his career, he averaged 5.7 points on 47.4 percent shooting with 9.6 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals in 1,088 games.

4. Ray Allen, Connecticut

Allen was taken with the fifth overall pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves and traded to the Milwaukee Bucks. He played 18 years for the Bucks, Seattle SuperSonics, Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat. He was a 10-time all-star, second or third-team All-NBA selection twice and a two-time champion. One of his best seasons came with Seattle in 2006-07 when he played 55 games and averaged 26.4 points on 43.8 percent shooting from the floor. He added 4.5 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.5 steals in 40.3 minutes.

For his career, he averaged 18.9 points on 45.2 percent shooting with 4.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists and in 1,300 games.

3. Steve Nash, Santa Clara

The Phoenix Suns took Nash with the 15th overall pick. He played 18 seasons for the Suns, Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Lakers. He was one of the best passers and most efficient offensive players in league history. He was an eight-time all-star, seven-time first, second or third-time All-NBA selection and a two-time MVP. One of his best seasons came in 2006-07 when he played 76 games and averaged 18.6 points on 53.2 percent shooting from the floor, including 45.5 percent from 3-point range. He added a league-leading 11.6 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 35.3 minutes.

For his career, he averaged 14.3 points on 49 percent shooting with 8.5 assists, 3.0 rebounds and in 1,217 games.

2. Allen Iverson, Georgetown

Iverson was the first overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers. He played 14 years for the 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons and the Memphis Grizzlies. He was an 11-time all-star who was an All-NBA first, second or third-team selection seven times and the 2000-01 MVP. One of his best statistical seasons came in 2005-06 when he played 72 games and averaged 33 points on 44.7 percent shooting from the floor. He added 7.4 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.9 steals in 43.1 minutes.

For his career, he averaged 26.7 points on 42.5 percent shooting with 6.2 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 2.2 steals in 914 games.

1. Kobe Bryant

Bryant was taken by the Charlotte Hornets with the 13th overall pick and then traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. He has played 19 years for the Lakers and is one of the best players in NBA history. He is a 17-time all-star, 11-time first-team All-NBA selection, nine-time first-team All-defense and a five-time champion. One of his best seasons came in 2007-08 when he won the league’s MVP after he averaged 28.3 points on 45.9 percent shooting from the floor. He added 6.3 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.8 steals in 82 games.

So far in his career, he averaged 25.4 points on 45.1 percent shooting with 5.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists and in 1,280 games.

While Tom Hackett and Andy Phillips had tremendous seasons at Utah in 2014, It isn’t the first time that Utah has had great special team performers. In fact, the Utes have had  awesome special teams contributions for years. They have had all-conference and All-American performers at kicker and punter as well as plenty of very talented kick and punter returners.

Here is my list of the best players on special teams in Utah history.

Note: This rankings are based only on what each player did while at the University of Utah.

Stats and national rankings from Sports-reference.com. School rankings and award information from UtahUtes.com.

H.M. Chris Hunter, punter (1996-99)

Hunter was a very consistent punter during his four seasons on the hill. His best statistical season came in 1997 when he averaged 43.7 yard per punt on 39 attempts.

For his Utah career, he punted 205 times for 8,454 yards. His 41.20 yards per punt is the eighth highest average in school history for those with at least 100 punts.

H.M. Keith Williams, returner (1991-93)

Williams didn’t have the ball a lot in the return game, but when he did, he made some big plays. His best year came in 1993 when he returned 21 kicks for 542 yards and a touchdown.

For his Utah career, he averaged 25.3 yards with a touchdown on 25 kick returns.

H.M. Brian Lewis, punter (2001-02)

Lewis had two very solid years as the punter for the Utes. His best season came in 2002 when he finished third in the Mountain West Conference after he averaged 42.6 yards per punt on 58 attempts.

His 41.43 yards per punt is the seventh highest average in school history

H.M. LaVon Edwards, returner (1988-1991) 

Edwards made significant contributions to the Utes as both a punt and kick returner. His most productive season came in 1988 when he averaged 23.6 yards on 18 kick returns and 11.1 yards on 26 punt returns.

For his Utah career, he averaged 21.6 yards on 53 kick returns and 8.0 yards on 112 punt returns.               

H.M. Fleming Jensen, kicker (1971-72)

Jensen was a very good kicker during his time with the Utes. He was first-team All-Western Athletic Conference in 1972 and missed just four extra points during his Utah career.

25. Dan Marrelli, punter/kicker (1972-73)

Marrelli was a successful punter and kicker for the Utes during the early 70s. He averaged 43.18 yards per punt in 1972 (the third best average in a season by a Ute to that point). A year later, he was first-team All-Western Athletic Conference as a kicker.

24. Jack Steptoe, returner (1976-77)

As well as being an impressive receiver, Steptoe also did an excellent job as a return man. His best year on special teams came in 1976 when he returned 27 kicks for 588 yards to earn first-team All-Western Athletic Conference.

For his Utah career, he averaged 21.77 yards on 38 kick returns.

23. Gil Alvarez, kicker (1979-1981)

Alzarez had two good years as the starting kicker on the hill. His most productive season came in 1981 when he was first-team All-WAC after he hit all 37 of his extra points while converting on 14-of-22 field goals.

For his Utah career, he finished with just three misses on 71 extra points and was 62.9 percent on 35 field goals.

22. Tom McNamara, Kicker (1976-77)

McNamara had one really good season as the Utah kicker. That year came in 1977 when he was first-team All-WAC after he converted on 18-of-19 extra points and 16-of-23 field goals.

21. Coleman Petersen, kicker (2011-12) 

Coleman was a very accurate kicker during his two seasons on the field for the Utes. His best year came in 2011 when he missed one extra point on 38 attempts and hit 18-of-25 field goal attempts.

For his Utah career, he hit 75-of-77 extra points and 68.4 percent of his field goals.

20. Patrick Dyson, returner (1998-2000)

Although he didn’t get many opportunities to return kicks, Dyson made big plays nearly every time he touched the ball. His best season came in 1998 when he averaged 32.9 yards with a touchdown on 11 attempts.

For his Utah career, he averaged 26 yards with two touchdowns on 36 kick returns.

19. Dan Beardall, kicker (2005)

Although he started for just one season as the kicker for the Utes, Beardall made a huge impact. He was a first-team All-MWC honoree after he hit 40-of-42 extra points and 16-of-19 field goals. His production was good enough to be named Utah’s special teams most valuable player.

18. Kevin Dyson, returner (1994-97)

Even though he wasn’t used much until his senior season, Dyson was a very good punt returner. He earned first-team all-conference in 1997 after he returned 20 punts for 223 yards and a touchdown. He also averaged 22.3 yards in 12 kick returns.

For his Utah career, he averaged 10.8 yards on punt returns with a touchdown and 23.2 yards on kick returns.

17. Daniel Jones, returner (1997-98)

Although he only spent one season return kicks and punts on the hill, Jones made a big impact. In 1998, he averaged 8.5 yards on 31 punt returns. He was even better as a kick returner where he averaged 25.4 yards with two touchdowns on 20 attempts.  

16. Andre Guardi, kicker (1983-86) 

Guardi was a very skilled kicker during his four years with the Utes. His most productive season came in 1985 when he hit all 39 extra points and 81.8 percent of his field goal attempts.

For his Utah career, he hit 125-of-127 extra points including every attempt his last three seasons. He also connected on 69.4 percent of his field goals.

15. Morgan Scalley, returner (2001-04) 

As well as being a huge part of the defense, Scalley was a very good situational return man. One of his best showings came in 2004 when he averaged 41.8 yards with a touchdown on just five kick returns.

For his Utah career, he averaged 32.1 yards with a touchdown on 18 kick returns to go along with 10.1 yards on 51 punt returns.

14. Joe Phillips, kicker (2009-2010)

Phillips had two tremendous seasons as the Utah kicker. He finished sixth in the nation in 2009 when he made 90.9 percent of his field goals. A year later. he was named first-team All-MWC after he converted on 55-of-56 extra points and made 13-of-17 field goals.

For his Utah career, he missed two of 95 extra points and hit on 84.6 percent of his field goals.

13. Sean Sellwood, punter (2009-2012) 

Sellwood was one of the best punters the Utes have ever had. He got on the field all four seasons and put up some very big numbers. His best season came in 2012 when he finished third in the nation after he averaged 46.5 yards per punt on 38 attempts.

For his Utah career, He averaged 43.8 yards on 190 punts.

12. Andy Phillips, kicker (2013-current)

Phillips has been a star kicker for the Utes in each of the last two seasons. His best year came in 2014 when he was named first-team All-Pac-12 when he finished with 113 points after he hit 44-of-45 extra points and 82.1 percent of his 28 field goal attempts.

So far in his Utah career, he has missed just one extra point while hitting 40-of-48 field goals.

11. Steve Smith, returner (1999-2000)

Smith was an explosive return man during his time with the Utes. His best year came in 1999 when he scored on three times and averaged 17.1 yards on his 29 punt returns to earn first-team All-Mountain West Conference. He also averaged 28.2 yards on six kick returns.

For his Utah career, he returned 72 punts for 860 yards and four touchdowns and averaged 22 yards on 23 kick returns.

10. Rick Partridge, punter (1977-78)

Partridge was a really good punter during his two seasons on the field for the Utes. He was a two-time All-Western Athletic Conference performer under Wayne Howard. His best season came in 1977 when he was first-team all-conference after he averaged 44 yards per attempt on 68 punts.

For his Utah career, he is third in school history in punting average with 43.8 yards per punt on 124 attempts.

9. Carl Monroe, returner (1981-82)

While Monroe is remembered primarily as a great running back, he was also a fantastic kick returner. His best year came on special teams came in 1982 when he led the nation with 30.1 yards per kick return with a touchdown on 14 attempts.

For his Utah career, he averaged 27.1 yards on 35 kick returns.

8. Shaky Smithson, returner (2009-2010)

Smithson was a dynamic punt returner during his time with the Utes. His best year came in 2010 when he was a Walter Camp first-team All-American after he led the nation in punt return yards (572) and average per return (19.1). He also finished second in the country with two punt return touchdowns.

For his Utah career, he averaged 16.2 yards with two touchdowns on 43 punt returns to go along with a 24.4 yard average on 43 kick returns.

7. Kaelin Clay, returner (2014) 

Clay had a terrific season as a return man during his only year on the field with the Utes. He was a first-team all-conference selection after he led the Pac-12 with 346 yards and three touchdowns on 23 punt returns. He also had 22 kick returns for 548 yards and another touchdown. Those numbers were good enough to lead the nation in punt return touchdowns and earn him CBSSports.com first-team All-American.

6. Reggie Dunn, returner (2010-12)

Although he didn’t have many kick returns, Dunn was a threat to take the score any time a team made the mistake to kick to him. His best season came in 2012 when was a first-team All-Pac-12 honoree and a first-team All-American after he led the nation with four kick return touchdowns while averaging 51.3 yards per kick return.

For his Utah career, he averaged 30.9 yards per return and had five touchdowns on 48 returns.

5. Tom Hackett, punter (2012-current) 

Hackett has been a standout punter for the Utes during the last two seasons. He has been a back-to-back first-team all-conference punter and won of the best in the country. His best year came in 2014 when he won the Ray Guy Award as the most outstanding punter in the nation after he averaged 46.7 yards on 80 punts.

To this point in his Utah career, he has averaged 44.2 yards on 181 punts.

4. Erroll Tucker, returner (1984-85) 

Tucker was a dominating return man during his two seasons on the hill. He was a two-time first-team All-WAC performer. His best season came in 1985 when he was first-team all-conference and was named a first-team All-American by three publications after he led the nation in punt return (24.3) and kick return average (29.1). That year, he finished with 24 kicks returns for 698 yards and two touchdowns to go long with 16 punt returns for 389 yards and two more scores.

For his Utah career, he averaged 26.6 yards with two touchdowns on 41 kick returns as well as 17.0 yards and three scores on 38 punt returns.

3. Steve Odom, returner (1971-73)

Odom was a star return man during each of his three seasons with the Utes. His best season came in 1973 when he was a FWAA first-team All-American after he averaged 29.5 yards with a touchdown on 21 returns. He added 13 punt returns for 304 yards and two more scores.

For his Utah career, he averaged 26.1 on 99 kick returns with four touchdowns to go along with a 20.3 yard average and four scores on 27 punt returns.

2. Marv Bateman, punter/kicker (1969-1971)

Bateman was a legendary punter and kicker during his time with the Utes. He was a two-time All-WAC performer and a two-time All-American. His best year came in 1971 when he was named a first-team All-American by two publications after he broke the NCAA record when he averaged 48.1 on 68 punts.

For his Utah career, he averaged 46.9 yards on 133 punts and had 118 points as a kicker.

1. Louie Sakoda, kicker/punter (2005-08)

Sakoda is the most decorated special teams player in Utah history. He is a three-time Mountain West Conference special teams player of the year and was a first-team All-American as both a kicker and a punter. His best year came in 2008 when he was a consensus All-American kicker after 56-of-57 extra points and 22-of-24 field goals.

For his Utah career, he averaged 42.1 yards on 242 punts  while hitting 86.3 percent of his 66 field goal attempts.