Archive for May 19, 2017

The Utah Jazz have two first-round picks in the upcoming NBA draft, including the final selection of the first round. While it isn’t the easiest place to find a contributor, there have been plenty of solid players over the years who heard their names called at pick No. 30. In fact, there have even been five All-Stars and a Hall of Famer.

Here is a look at the best-of-the-best of the No. 30 selections in the NBA draft.

Other notables: Jeff Judkins, Marko Jaric, Sean Rooks and Mark West.

Note: Hall of Famer Spencer Haywood was also drafted with the No. 30 overall pick, but it was after he was already playing in the ABA.

10. Howard Eisley, Boston College, Minnesota Timberwolves, 1994

Eisley lasted 12 seasons in the NBA where he played for eight teams, including a very successful stint as Utah’s backup point guard. One of his best seasons came with the New York Knicks when he started 76 games and averaged 9.1 points, 5.4 assists and 2.3 rebounds in 27.4 minutes.

For his career, he averaged 6.5 points on 40.7 percent shooting with 3.5 assists and 1.7 rebounds in 786 games.

9. Don May, University of Dayton, New York Knicks, 1968

May was a natural scorer who put up big numbers. His best season came with the Buffalo Braves in 1970-71 when he averaged 20.2 points on 47.1 percent shooting from the field. He also contributed 7.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 35.1 minutes a night.

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For the first time in five years, the Utah Jazz don’t have a lottery pick in the draft. While picking outside the lottery makes it more difficult to find instant impact players, there are still plenty of opportunities to bring in talented players as long as the Jazz pick wisely.

Teams in the past have hit the jackpot with the No. 24 pick with five All-Stars and a hall of famer while others have struggled to find a player who could even make an impact. This list is the best-of-the-best of those picks — the guys who made the most contributions during their time in the NBA.

Here is a look at the top players taken with the 24th overall selection in the NBA draft.

Other notables: Delonte West, Steve Hawes, Larry Smith, Reggie Jackson and Derek Fisher.

10. Jay Vincent, Dallas Mavericks, 1981

Vincent was an elite scorer for the Mavericks as he averaged double figures in each of his five seasons in Dallas, including three years where he averaged more than 18 points a night. His best season came as a rookie when he averaged 21.4 points on 49.7 percent shooting, He also chipped in with 7.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.1 steals in 81 games.

All told, he played nine seasons for six teams and averaged 15.2 points on 47.4 percent shooting with 5.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 576 games.

9. Rick Fox, Boston Celtics, 1991

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Mike Huguenin of Gridiron Now ranked the 15 best quarterbacks SEC teams will face in 2017 non-conference games and BYU’s Tanner Mangum made the list at No. 8.

Speaking of Mangum, who will face two SEC opponents in LSU and Mississippi State, Huguenin wrote, “Mangum (6-3, 223) started 12 games as a true freshman in 2015 because of an injury to Taysom Hill and started once last season after another injury to Hill; last season’s lone start was a Poinsettia Bowl win over Wyoming. Unlike Hill, who was a dangerous runner, Mangum is a dropback passer with OK mobility. He had five 300-yard games as a true freshman, and while BYU lost its top three receivers, the passing attack should be fine because of Mangum’s presence.”

Hayward, Ingles ranked top 5 available small forwards

Grant Hughes of Bleacher Report ranked the top available free agents at the small forward position and both Joe Ingles and Gordon Hayward landed in the top 5.

Hughes had Ingles at No. 5 saying, “A flat-out elite three-point shooter (44.1 percent in 2016-17; 39.9 percent for his career), Ingles is more than a specialist. Put the ball in his hands, and he can make plays off the dribble and in the pick-and-roll. Look past his plodding pace and lack of bounce, and you’ll see a defender who, somehow, can stay in front of point guards and wings.”

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