Utah Jazz basketball: Ranking the best No. 12 draft picks in NBA history

With the success that the Utah Jazz had in the second half of the season they took themselves out of position to get one of the higher draft picks, but that doesn’t mean they still can’t get a great player where they pick. After all, John Stockton and Karl Malone were both still on the board at the spot that the Jazz will pick this season.
Now that we know that the Jazz have the No. 12 pick, it is the perfect time for us to look and see what kind of players have been drafted there in years past.
While there have been a fair share of busts taken at the 12th spot in the draft, there have also been solid contributors, all-stars and even one of the best players to ever lace up a pair of basketball shoes.
Here is my ranking of the best No.12  draft picks in NBA history.
H.M. Vadimir Radmanovic
Radmanovic was taken by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 2001 draft. He spent his 12-year career playing for the Sonics, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Charlotte Hornets, Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks and the Chicago Bulls. His best season came with Seattle in 2003-04 when he played in 77 games and averaged 12 points on 42.5 percent shooting from the floor, including 37.1 from 3-point land. He added 5.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.0 steals in 30.1 minutes.
For his career, he averaged 8.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 737 games (213 starts).
H.M. Jason Thompson
Thompson was selected by the Sacramento Kings in the 2008 draft. He has spent his entire seven-year career with the Kings. His most productive season came in 2009-2010 when he appeared in 75 games and averaged 12.5 points on 47.2 percent shooting from the floor to go along with 8.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.0 blocks in 31.4 minutes.
To this point in his career, he has averaged 9.4 points on 49.7 percent shooting with 6.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 541 games (405 starts).
H.M. George Johnson
Johnson was taken by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1978 draft. He played eight seasons with the Bucks, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers and the Washington Bullets. His most productive season came with the Pacers in 1983-84 when he appeared in 81 games and averaged 13 points on 46.5 percent shooting to go along with 5.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.0 steals in 25.6 minutes.
For his career, he averaged 9.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 464 games (91 starts).
H.M. Alec Burks
Burks was selected by the Utah Jazz in the 2011 draft. He has played all four years of his career with the Jazz. His most productive season came in 2013-14 when he played in 78 games and averaged 14 points on 45.7 percent shooting to go along with 3.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 28.1 minutes.
To this point in his career, he has averaged 10.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 228 games (39 starts).
25. Austin Croshere
Croshere was selected by the Indiana Pacers in the 1997 draft. He played 12 seasons in the NBA for the Pacers, Dallas Mavericks, Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks and the San Antonio Spurs. His best season came with the Pacers in 1999-2000 when he appeared in 81 games and averaged a career-high 10.3 points on 44.1 percent shooting from the floor to go along with 6.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 23.3 minutes.
For his career, he averaged 6.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 659 games (88 starts).
24. Gerald Henderson
Henderson was taken by the Charlotte Bobcats in the 2009 draft. He has spent his entire six-year career in Charlotte. His most productive season came in 2012-13 when he appeared in 68 games and averaged 15.5 points on 44.7 percent shooting from the floor to go along with 3.7 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.0 steal in 31.4 minutes.
To this point in his career, he has averaged 12 points on 44.3 percent shooting with 3.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 391 games (292 starts).
23. George Lynch
Lynch was selected by the Loa Angeles Lakers in the 1993 draft. He played 12 seasons in the NBA for the Lakers, Vancouver Grizzlies, Philadelphia 76ers and the Charlotte/ New Orleans Hornets. His most productive season came with the 76ers in 1999-2000 when he appeared in 75 games and averaged 9.6 points on 46.1 percent shooting to go along with 7.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.6 steals in 32.2 minutes.
For his career, he averaged 6.6 points on 44.6 percent shooting with 5.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 steals in 774 games (420 starts).
22. Johnny Egan
Egan was taken by the Detroit Pistons in the 1961 draft. He played 11 seasons in the NBA for the Pistons, New York Knicks, Baltimore Bullets, Cleveland Cavaliers and the San Diego/ Houston Rockets. His most productive season came in 1963-64 when he split time between the Pistons and the Knicks. That year, he appeared in 66 games and averaged 13 points on 44.1 percent shooting from the floor to go along with 5.4 assists and 2.9 rebounds in 35.2 minutes.
For his career, he averaged 7.8 points on 42.9 percent shooting with 3.0 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 712 games.
21. Nick Collison
Collison was selected by the Seattle SuperSonics in the 2003 draft. He has spent his entire career with the Seattle/ Oklahoma City Thunder organization. his most productive season came in Seattle in 2007-08 when he appeared in 78 games and averaged 9.8 points on 50.2 percent shooting to go along with 9.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 28.5 minutes.
To this point in his career, he has averaged 6.3 points on 53.4 percent shooting with 5.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 816 games (173 starts).
20. Greg Anthony
Anthony was taken by the New York Knicks in the 1991 draft. He played 11 years in the NBA for the Knicks, Vancouver Grizzlies, Seattle SuperSonics, Portland Trail Blazers, Chicago Bulls and the Milwaukee Bucks. His best season came in 1995-96 with the Grizzlies when he played 69 games and averaged 14 points, 6.9 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 30.4 minutes.
For his career, he averaged 7.3 points, 4.0 assists, 1.9 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 757 games (227 starts).
19. Terry Furlow
Furlow was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 1976 draft. He spent four seasons in the NBA playing for the 76ers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Hawks and the Utah Jazz before he passed away in 1980. The best stretch of his career came with the Jazz in 1979-1980 when he appeared in 55 games and averaged 16 points on 57.6 percent shooting from the floor. He added 4.0 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 31.2 minutes.
For his career, he averaged 10.7 points on 45.9 percent shooting with 2.4 assists and 2.1 rebounds in 239 games.
18. John Bagley
Bagley was taken by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 1982 draft. He played 11 seasons for the Cavaliers, New Jersey Nets, Boston Celtics and Atlanta Hawks. His best year came with Cleveland in 1985-86 when he appeared in 78 games and averaged 11.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.6 steals while finishing fourth in the league with 9.4 assists.
For his career, he averaged 8.7 points, 6.0 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 665 games (401 starts).
17. Kevin Kunnert
Kunnert was selected by the Chicago Bulls in the 1973 draft, but never played a game for he Bulls. He played nine seasons in the league for the Buffalo Braves, Houston Rockets, San Diego Clippers and the Portland Trail Blazers. His best season came with the Rockets in 1975-76 when he appeared in 80 games and averaged 12.9 points on 48.7 percent shooting from the floor. He added 9.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.3 blocks in 29.2 minutes a night.
For his career, he averaged 8.3 points on 47.6 percent shooting with 7.3 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 blocks in 555 games.
16. John Williams
Williams was taken by the Washington Bullets in the 1986 draft. He played eight seasons in the NBA for the Bullets, Los Angeles Clippers and the Indiana Pacers. His best year came with the Bullets in 1988-89 when he played in 82 games and averaged 13.7 points on 466.6 percent shooting from the floor. He added 7.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.7 steals in 29.4 minutes a night.
For his career, he averaged 10.1 points on 45.1 percent shooting with 5.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.3 steals in 435 games (87 starts).
15. Harvey Grant
Grant was selected  by the Washington Bullets in the 1988 draft. He played 11 seasons in the league for the Bullets/ Wizards, Portland Trail Blazers and the Philadelphia 76ers. His best season came with the Bullets in 1990-91 when he appeared in 77 games and averaged 18.2 points on 49.8 percent shooting from the floor. He added 7.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists ans 1.2 steals in 36.9 minutes a night.
For his career, he averaged 9.9 points on 46.9 percent shooting with 4.4 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 783 games (439 starts).
14. Jack Nichols
Nichols was taken by the Washington Capitols in the 1948 BAA draft. He played nine seasons for the Capitols, Tri-Cites Blackhawks/ Milwaukee Hawks and the Boston Celtics. One of his best season came with the Hawks in 1952-53 when he finished seventh in the league in points per game. That year, he averaged 15.8 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 69 games.
For his career, he averaged 10.4 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 505 games.
13. Darrell Walker
Walker was selected by the New York Knicks in the 1983 draft. He played 10 seasons for the Knicks, Denver Nuggets, Washington Bullets, Detroit Pistons and the Chicago Bulls. His best season came with the Knicks in 1984-85 when he played all 82 games and averaged a career-high 13.5 points on 43.5 percent shooting. He also added 5.0 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 2.0 steals in 30.4 minutes a night.
For his career, he averaged 8.9 points on 43.5 percent shooting with 4.6 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 720 games (356 starts).
12. Thaddeus Young
Young was taken by the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2007 draft. He has played eight seasons for the 76ers, Minnesota Timberwolves and the Brooklyn Nets. His best season came with the 76ers in 2013-14 when he averaged 17.9 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.1 steals in 79 games.
To this point in his career, he has averaged 13.8 points on 49.5 percent shooting with 5.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.4 steals in 592 games (362 starts).
11. Don Chaney
Chaney was selected by the Boston Celtics in the 1968 draft. He played 12 years in the NBA and ABA for the Celtics, Spirits of St. Louis and the Los Angeles Lakers. He was a great defender who earned second-team all-defense five times in his career. His best season came with the Celtics in 1972-73 when he averaged a career-high 13.1 points on 48.2 percent shooting to go along with 5.7 rebounds and 2.8 steals.
For his career, he averaged 8.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.2 steals in 790 games. He also won two championships as a member of the Celtics.
10. Mike Woodson
Woodson was taken by the New York Knicks in the 1980 draft. He played for 11 seasons with the Knicks, New Jersey Nets, Kansas City/ Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets and the Cleveland Cavaliers. His best season came with the Kings in 1982-83 when he averaged 18.2 points on 50.6 percent shooting from the floor. He added 3.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.7 steals in 81 games.
For his career, he averaged 14 points on 46.6 percent shooting with 2.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.2 steals in 786 games (379 starts).
9. Muggsy Bogues
Bogues was taken by the Washington Bullets in the 1987 draft. He played 14 seasons for the Bullets, Charlotte Hornets, Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors. Though he was small in stature, he had a very big game. He finished in the top five in assists five times during his career. His best season came in 1993-94 when he 10.8 points on 47.1 percent shooting from the floor to go along with 10.1 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 77 games.
For his career, he averaged 7.7 points on 45.8 percent shooting with 7.6 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 889 games (556 starts).
8. Jim Paxson
Paxson was taken by the Portland Trail Blazers in the 1979 draft. He played 11 seasons in the NBA for the Trail Blazers and the Boston Celtics. One of his most productive seasons came in Portland in 1983-84 when he averaged a career-high 21.3 points on 51.4 percent shooting from the floor. He added 3.1 assists, 2.1 rebounds and 1.5 steals to earn his second straight all-star game appearance and a spot on the all-NBA second-team.
For his career, he averaged 14.3 points on 49.8 percent shooting with 2.9 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 784 games (368 starts).
7. Brian Winters
Winters was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1974 draft. He spent nine years in the league playing for the Lakers and the Milwaukee Bucks where he was a two-time all-star. His most productive season came with the Bucks in 1977-78 when he averaged 19.9 points, 4.9 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 80 games.
For his career, he averaged 16.2 points on 47.5 percent shooting with 4.1 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 650 games.
6. Kelly Tripucka
Tripucka was taken by the Detroit Pistons in the 1981 draft. He played 10 NBA seasons for the Pistons, Utah Jazz and the Charlotte Hornets. While he was a two-time all-star with the Pistons, his most productive statistical season came in a year where he wasn’t an all-star. That season was 1982-83 when he averaged 26.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.2 steals in 58 games.
For his career, he averaged 17.2 points on 47.3 percent shooting with 3.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steals in 707 games (575 steals).
5. Cedric Maxwell
Maxwell was taken by the Boston Celtics in the 1977 draft. He played 11 seasons for the Celtics, Los Angeles Clippers and the Houston Rockets. While he never got a great deal of touches on some very deep Celtics teams, he was one of the most efficient offensive players they had. He most productive season came in 1978-79 when he averaged 19 points on a league leading 58.4 percent shooting from the floor. He added 9.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.2 steals in 80 games.
For his career, he averaged 12.5 points on 54.6 percent shooting with 6.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 835 games (537 starts). He also won two NBA championships with the Celtics, including the 1981 championship where he was named finals MVP.
4. Mookie Blaylock
Blaylock was selected by the New Jersey Nets in the 1989 draft. He played 13 years in the NBA for the Nets, Atlanta Hawks and the Golden State Warriors. While he was a solid scorer and an impressive passer, where he excelled the most was on the defensive end where he earned all-defensive first-team twice and second-team four more times. One of his most productive seasons came in 1993-94 when he made his only all-star game after he averaged 13.8 points, 9.7 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 2.6 steals.
For his career, he averaged 13.5 points, 6.7 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 2.3 steals in 889 games (800 starts).
3. Larry Costello
Costello was taken by the Philadelphia Warriors in the 1954 draft. He played 12 years in the NBA with the Warriors and the Syracuse Nationals/ Philadelphia 76ers. One of his best seasons came with the Nationals in 1960-61 when he made his fourth of six all-star games after he averaged 14.5 points on 48.2 percent shooting. He added 5.5 assists and 3.9 rebounds in 75 games to earn all-NBA second-team.
For his career, he averaged 12.2 points on 43.8 percent shooting to go along with 4.6 assists and 3.8 rebounds in 706 games. He also won a championship with the 76ers in 1967.
2. Chet Walker
Walker was selected by the Syracuse Nationals in the 1962 draft. He played 13 seasons in the NBA with the Nationals/ Philadelphia 76ers and the Chicago Bulls. He was a seven-time all-star who could really score get to the free-throw line. One of his most productive seasons came in 1971-72 with the Bulls when he averaged 22 points on a career-high 50.5 percent shooting from the floor. He added 6.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 78 games.
For his career, he averaged 18.2 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 1,032 games. He was inducted in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2012.
1. Julius Erving
Erving was taken by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1972 draft even though he was already playing for the Virginia Squires of the ABA. He played 16 seasons in the ABA and NBA for the Squires, New York Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers and made the all-star game every year. He won four MVP awards, two all-star game MVP awards and was all-NBA or all-ABA first-team nine times. One of his most productive NBA seasons came with the 76ers in 1980-81 when he averaged 24.6 points on 52.1 percent shooting from the floor. He added 8.0 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 2.1 steals and 1.8 blocks in 82 games for his lone NBA MVP.
For his career, he averaged 24.2 points on 50.6 percent shooting with 8.5 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.7 blocks in 1,243 games. He was inducted in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993.
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