Ranking the best NBA players to ever come out of BYU #5-1

5. Fred Roberts: Roberts was selected with the fourth pick in the second round (27th overall) by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1982 draft.

Roberts played in 818 games over 13 seasons with the San Antonio Spurs, Utah Jazz, Boston Celtics, Bucks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Mavericks.

His best season came in 1990-91 as a member of the Bucks when Roberts started 82 games and averaged a career-high 10.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists while shooting 53.3 percent from the field.

For his career, Roberts averaged 7.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists a game.

4. Shawn Bradley: Bradley was selected in the first round (second overall) by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1993 draft.

Bradley played in 832 games over 12 seasons with the 76ers, New Jersey Nets and Dallas Mavericks. His best statistical season came in 1996-97 when he split time between the Nets and Mavericks when Bradley averaged 13.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and a league-leading 3.4 blocks a game.

For his career, Bradley averaged 8.1 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.5 Blocks.

3. Jim Eakins: Eakins was selected with the seventh pick in the fifth round (57th overall) by the San Francisco Warriors in the 1968 draft.

Eakins played in 767 games over 10 seasons for the Oakland Oaks, Washington Capitols, Virginia Squires, Utah Stars, New York Nets, Kansas City Kings, San Antonio Spurs and the Milwaukee Bucks.

His best seasons came as a member of the Virginia Squires.  In 1972-73, Eakins averaged 15 points, 8.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.6 blocks.  A year later Eakins made his only All-Star game while putting up 14.6 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists.

For his career, Eakins averaged 10.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and one block a game.

2. Danny Ainge: Ainge was selected with the eighth pick of the second round (31st overall) by the Boston Celtics in the 1981 draft.

He appeared in 1,042 games over 14 seasons for the Celtics, Sacramento Kings, Portland Trailblazers and Phoenix Suns.

Ainge made the All-Star game with the Celtics during the ’87-88 season in which he averaged 15.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 6.2 assists and 1.4 steals.  His best statistical season came in ’89-90 with the Kings when Ainge averaged 17.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, six assists and 1.5 steals a contest.

For his career, Ainge averaged 11.5 points, 2.7 rebounds , four assists and 1.1 steals a game.

1. Mel Hutchins- Hutchins was selected in the first round (second overall) by the Tri-Cities Blackhawks in the 1951 draft. He played in 437 games over seven seasons for the Milwaukee Hawks, Fort Wayne Pistons and the New York Knicks.

Hutchins was a dominant rebounder who finished in the top ten in rebounding for three straight seasons. He was also a solid passer for a big man as well as a decent scorer.  Hutchins played in four All-Star games in a five-year span. He finished fourth in MVP voting in 1955-56 and eighth in ’56-57.

For his career, Hutchins averaged 11.1 points, 9.6 rebounds and three assists a game.

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