The collective heart of Utah Jazz fans broke on Tuesday night when they saw the Jazz logo pulled out and placed in the fifth spot in the NBA lottery. Gone are the hopes of drafting franchise changing players like Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid, Jabari Parker and even Dante Exum. All is not lost though! There will be plenty of extremely talented young players on the board when the Jazz make their selection. And as in years past, there is sure to be a gem or two there for the taking if the Utah brass make the right choice. If you don’t believe that, all you have to do is look at the players drafted with the fifth pick over the last few decades. The list is so deep that an all-star didn’t even make the top 25.
Isaiah Rider: Rider was the fifth overall pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 1993 draft. Rider played nine seasons in the NBA for the Timberwolves, Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Lakers, Atlanta Hawks and the Denver Nuggets. His most productive season came with Minnesota in 1994-95 when Rider averaged a career-high 204. points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 75 games.
For his career, Rider averaged 16.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 562 games.
Ricky Rubio: Rubio was the fifth overall pick by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2009 draft. It took two seasons before Rubio joined the Wolves, but he has been doing a good job running the show ever since. His best season came in ’13-14 when Rubio started all 82 games for the first time in his three years and averaged 9.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 8.6 assists and 2.3 steals.
So far in his career, Rubio has averaged 10.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 8.1 assists and 2.3 steals in 180 games.
Kendall Gill: Gill was the fifth overall pick by the Charlotte Hornets in the 1990 draft. Gill played 15 seasons for the Hornets, Seattle SuperSonics, New Jersey Nets, Miami Heat, Minnesota Timberwolves, Chicago Bulls and the Milwaukee Bucks. His best season came with the Nets in 1996-97 when Gill averaged a career-high 21.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, four assists and 1.9 steals.
For his career, Gill averaged 13.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, three assists and 1.6 steals in 966 games.
Mike Miller: Miller was taken with the fifth overall pick by the Orlando Magic in the 2000 draft. Miller has played 14 seasons for the Magic, Memphis Grizzlies, Minnesota Timberwolves, Washington Wizards and the Miami Heat. His best statistical season came with the Grizzlies in 2006-07 when Miller averaged a career-high 18.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 70 games.
To this point in his career, Miller has averaged 11.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 913 games.
Devin Harris: Harris was taken with the fifth overall pick by the Washington Wizards in the 2004 draft. Harris has played 10 seasons for the Dallas Mavericks, New Jersey Nets, Utah Jazz and the Atlanta Hawks. His best season came with the Nets in 2008-09 when Harris made his lone all-star game after averaging 21.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 6.9 assists and 1.7 steals in 69 games.
To this point in his career, Harris has averaged 12.5 points, 2.4 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.1 steals in 641 games.