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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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Matt Moore of CBS Sports looked at the tough call that four top-tier free agents have to make this offseason, and one of the players he focused on was Gordon Hayward.

After talking about Kyle Lowry, Moore turned his attention to Gordon Hayward, saying, “Hayward is going to be the belle of the ball this summer. He’s a wing who can shoot and defend, the most valuable asset in today’s NBA. He’s going to have great options for whatever his priorities are.”

Moore then looks at some of the possible suitors for Hayward’s services asking if any of the teams provide a better chance to win.

Moore concludes by saying, “Hayward has been in Utah, he’s comfortable there, he’s not a guy who makes a lot of noise about wanting to chase big markets. The reality is if he leaves Utah, he’ll have suitors from two dozen teams. But Utah still offers him the most money and comparably the best chance to win. That’s a tough combination to beat.”

BYU to the Pac-12 a move that needs to be made

Greg Wallace of Bleacher Report looked at the six realignment moves that need to happen in college football, and one of the moves he suggests is the BYU Cougars to the Pac-12.

While talking about why the move for the Cougars to the Pac-12 is needed, he wrote, “BYU is one of the nation’s most consistent programs, touting a 12-year postseason streak and a proud history that includes a national title.”

After talking about BYU’s journey through independence, he continued, “The league could pair the Cougars with another addition (such as Boise State) to get to 14 teams. BYU brings a national fanbase and plenty of tradition, and joining the Pac-12 would give it a path to achieve the goals any program wants to reach.”

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