Ranking the best NBA players from Utah schools #15 – 11.

15. Marv Roberts, Utah State: Roberts was taken with the 10th pick of the third round (45th overall) by the Detroit Pistons in the 1971 NBA draft. Roberts played for six seasons in the ABA and NBA for the Denver Rockets, Carolina Cougars, Kentucky Colonels, Virginia Squires and the Los Angeles Lakers. His best season came with the Rockets in ’72-73 when he averaged 12.3 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 77 contests.

For his career, Roberts averaged 8.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 402 games.

14. Luther “Ticky ” Burden, Utah: Burden was selected with the eighth pick of the second round (26th overall) by the New York Knicks in the 1975 draft. Even though Burden was drafted by the Knicks he started his pro career with the Virginia Squires of the ABA. Burden played just one season with the Squires and had by far the best year of his career. In 1975-76, Burden averaged 19.9 points a game to lead the Squires in scoring while also averaging 2.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.5 steals a game. Burden moved on to the Knicks a year later, but could never replicate his minutes or production from his season in the ABA. In two seasons with the Knicks, Burden averaged 5.5 points, one rebound and one assist a night.

For his career, Burden averaged 13.1 points, two rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 steals a game.

13. Billy McGill, Utah: McGill was the first overall pick by the Chicago Zephyrs in the 1962 NBA draft. McGill played five seasons in the NBA and ABA for the Zephyrs, Baltimore Bullets, New York Knicks, St. Louis Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Rockets, Los Angeles Stars, Pittsburgh Pipers and Dallas Chaparrals. The best statistical stretch of his career came when he played for the Knicks in 1963-64. In 68 games McGill averaged 16 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists.

For his career, McGill averaged 10.5 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists.

12. Mervin Jackson, Utah: Jackson was selected with the 14th pick of the ninth round (120th overall) by the Phoenix Suns in the 1968 draft. Jackson never played for the Suns, but did play five seasons in the ABA with the Los Angeles Stars, Utah Stars and Memphis Tams. In 1968-69, Jackson made the ABA All-Star game while averaging 15.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists a game. Two seasons later, Jackson was a key component of an ABA Championship team when he averaged 15.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 6.1 assists in 18 playoff games for the Utah Stars.

For his career, Jackson averaged 11.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.1 assists.

11. Shawn Bradley, BYU: Bradley was the second overall pick 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, and 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.


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