Ranking the best NBA players from Utah schools #10 – 6.

10. Nate Williams, Utah State: Williams played eight seasons in the NBA for the Cincinnati Royals, Kansas City-Omaha Kings, New Orleans Jazz and the Golden State Warriors. His most productive season came with the Kings in ’73-74 when Williams averaged a career-high 15.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.8 steals in 82 games.

For his career, Williams averaged 12 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.1 steals in 642 games.

9. Jim Eakins, BYU: 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.

8. Damian Lillard, Weber State: Lillard was taken with the sixth overall pick by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 2012 draft. Even though he has only played two seasons in the NBA to this point, he has done enough to vault up this list. In his first year with the Blazers, Lillard won the NBA Rookie of the Year after averaging 19 points, 3.1 rebounds and six assists while starting all 82 games. Lillard made his first all-star game a year later with averages of 20.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 5.6 assists.

To this point in his career, Lillard is averaging 19.9 points, 3.3 rebounds and six assists while starting all 164 games he has appeared in.

7. Andrew Bogut, Utah: Bogut was the first overall pick by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2005 draft. Bogut has played nine seasons with the Bucks and Golden State Warriors. His most productive season came in 2009-10 with the Bucks when Bogut earned third-team all-NBA honors after averaging 15.9 points, 10.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 2.5 blocked shots a game. a year later, Bogut led the league with 2.6 blocks a night. In his nine years in the NBA, Bogut has averaged a double-double in three seasons.

For his career, Bogut has averaged 11.6 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.6 blocks in 507 games.

6. Mike Newlin, Utah: Newlin was selected with the seventh pick of the second round (24th overall) by the Houston Rockets in the 1971 draft. Newlin played 837 games for the Rockets, New Jersey Nets and the New York Knicks. Newlin had plenty of impressive seasons over his 11-year career with his two best coming in 1975-76 and 1980-81. In ’75-76 while Newlin was playing for the Rockets he averaged 18.6 points, 4.1 rebounds. 5.6 assists and 1.3 steals a night. In ’80-81 as a member of the Nets, Newlin averaged a career-high 21.4 points a game to go along with 2.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.1 steals.

For his career, Newlin averaged 14.9 points, three rebounds, four assists and a steal a game.

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