Ranking the best NBA players from Utah schools #5 – 1.

5. Keith Van Horn, Utah: Van Horn was selected with the second overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1997 draft and traded to the New Jersey Nets two days later. Van Horn played 575 games over nine seasons with the Nets, 76ers, New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks and Dallas Mavericks. His best statistical season came with the Nets in 1998-99 when Van Horn averaged 21.8 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, one steal and 1.3 blocks in 42 games.

For his career, Van Horn averaged 16 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists a contest.

4. Danny Ainge, BYU: 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 Trail Blazers 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.

3. Andre Miller, Utah: Miller was selected with the eighth overall pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 1999 draft. Miller has played for 15 seasons with the Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers, Denver Nuggets, Philadelphia 76ers, Portland Trail Blazers and Washington Wizards. He best statistical season came in 2001-02 as a member of the Cavaliers when Miller averaged 16.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, a league-leading 10.9 assists and 1.6 steals a game.

In his 15-year NBA career, Miller has averaged 13.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 6.9 assists and 1.3 steals in 1,184 games. He is currently ranked ninth all-time in NBA history in assists with 8,153.

2. Mel Hutchins, BYU: 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.

1. Tom Chambers, Utah: Chambers was selected with the eighth overall pick by the San Diego Clippers in the 1981 draft. Chambers played 1,107 games over 16 seasons for the Clippers, Seattle SuperSonics, Phoenix Suns, Utah Jazz, Charlotte Hornets and Philadelphia 76ers. Chambers was a dominant offensive player who had his best statistical season with the Phoenix Suns in 1988-89 and ’89-90. In ’88-89, Chambers averaged 25.7 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.1 steals a night in his second All-Star season. A season later, Chambers averaged a career-high 27.2 points to go along with seven rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.1 steals a contest. In each season, Chambers earned second-team all-NBA honors.

For his career, the four-time all-star averaged 18.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists a game.

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