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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