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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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While talking about the draft buzz surrounding the Miami Dolphins and the Cincinnati Bengals, Tony Pauline of Draft Analyst had a great deal to share about BYU linebacker Harvey Langi.

Pauline wrote, “the name I continue to hear rising up boards is Harvey Langi of BYU.

“Langi’s aggressive style of play and his junior tape — when he lined up at inside linebacker for the Cougars — as well as his combine and pro day workouts have all factored into the rise. The poor depth at the inside linebacker position has also given a boost to Langi’s stock.”

After talking about some of Langi’s numbers at the combine and at BYU’s Pro Day, Pauline continued. “Where will he land in the draft? At this point, the consensus is Langi won’t make it out of the fourth round and there’s a very good chance he squeezes into the third round.”

Pauline also mentioned Utah offensive lineman Isaac Asiata as a possible second round target, should the team draft a different position in the first round.

Frank Jackson a projected first-round pick

Jonathan Wasserman of Bleacher Report released his after the declaration deadline NBA mock draft, and he had the Utah Jazz taking former Lone Peak High School star Frank Jackson with the last pick of the first round.

Of Jackson, Wasserman wrote, “Jackson, 18, was up and down during his freshman year, but showed flashes of athleticism, shooting and defense amid struggles as a shot-creator and playmaker.”

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It’s just like Christmas for NBA fans as they await what shiny new toys are under the proverbial tree for them to fawn over during the next few seasons. There are guaranteed hits (Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram), some that will always been useful and others that just won’t ever work out.

Unfortunately for the Atlanta Hawks, the guaranteed hits will be long gone when they make their selection at 12. As will pure shooters Jamal Murray and Buddy Hield as well as intriguing international prospect Dragan Bender. Cal slasher Jaylen Brown and Providence lead-guard Kris Dunn will also be gone, but beyond that it anyone’s guess.

Since the rest of the board is up for speculation, I’ve decided to take a look at the best options for the Hawks when (or if), they pick at 12. Obviously plenty of these names will be gone when No. 12 rolls around, but since there is no consensus on who will go where, they are included.

15. Furkan Korkmaz, 6-7, shooting guard, Turkey

Korkmaz has shown an elite-level skill as an outside shooter, making 11 0f 26 3-point shots in Euroleague play. The problem is he didn’t to show much else while playing limited minutes for one of the top teams in Turkey.

14. Thon Maker, 7-1, power forward, Canada

Maker is one of the most intriguing prospects in this whole draft (and not because of his YouTube videos). He is a big who can really get up-and-down the floor, can jump out of the gym and has already developed a solid outside touch. While he won’t be NBA ready for a couple of years, he could make a huge splash.

13. Malachi Richardson, 6-6, wing, Syracuse

Richardson shot up draft boards after an impressive run in the NCAA Tournament. His 7-foot wingspan would be ideal to play the passing lanes on the defensive end of the floor for the Hawks, but he has a lot of work to do to become an efficient scorer.

12. Taurean Prince, 6-8, small forward, Baylor

Prince is the kind of player that every roster needs. He has nice range on his jumper, can finish at the rim and can play multiple positions on the defensive end. He wouldn’t be a starter early on, but should be a rotation player from the day-one.

11. Skal Labissiere, 7-0, center, Kentucky

There is no question that Labaissiere is a project at best. He is a great athlete for his size who really knows how to block shots, but was too raw to see significant time as a freshman at Kentucky. What he does bring to the table is one of the highest ceilings of any player in this draft.

10. Malik Beasley, 6-5, shooting guard, Florida State

Beasley came out of nowhere to be one of the most efficient scorers in college basketball. He would be a nice fit on the offensive end of the floor because he can shoot it from the outside. He also showed great touch from the free-throw line where he converted on 81.3 percent of his 3.8 attempts per game.

9. Dejounta Murray, 6-5, combo guard, Washington

Murray has the size and skills to play either guard position. He is a solid scorer with good length, but still needs to add weight to compete at the NBA-level. Where his game really needs work is with his outside shooting where he shot just 28.8 percent from 3-point range and 66.3 percent from the foul line.

8. Timothe Luwawu, 6-7, wing, France

Luwawu is an impressive wing scorer who has shown the ability in the last year to knock down the outside jumper or get to the rim. His is a terrific with good size who can finish at the rim, but needs to be much more consistent at the free-throw line where he shot just 69 percent a year ago. Another place where he needs to be more polished is with his decision-making after averaging more turnovers than assists in 2015-16 during Adriatic league play.

7. Denzel Valentine, 6-6, shooting guard, Michigan State

Valentine can stretch the floor with great outside touch, has great court-vision and is a winner. He is an exceptional rebounder for his position and one of the best all-around offensive players in this draft. He would be much higher on this list if not for the report of significant issues with his knee.

6. Deyonta Davis, 6-11, power forward, Michigan State

Davis would benefit the Hawks as a second-unit defensive player. He is a solid rebounder and an excellent shot blocker. While far from a polished offensive player, he would still be productive on that end of the floor because of his work on the glass  for easy putbacks and dunks.

5. Jakob Poeltl, 7-1, center, Utah

Poeltl is the best big man the Utes have produced since Andrew Bogut. He can finish with either hand around the rim and is a solid rebounder. He still needs plenty of work on his outside touch and could stand to add more weight to compete at the highest level, but does have a great feel for the game and can really run the floor for a 5-man.

4. Henry Ellenson, 7-0, power forward, Marquette

Ellenson would be a solid pick for the Hawks at 12. He is a skilled big man with excellent range on his jumper and good touch around the rim. He is an excellent scorer who can convert when he gets to the foul line. He is also one of the best rebounders in the draft because of his size and strength.

3. Domantas Sabonis, 6-10, power forward, Gonzaga

Sabonis was a dominating scorer from inside during his time at Gonzaga. He has great touch in the paint and a solid face-up game. While his offensive game might take some time to reach its peak against tougher competition, he will be a good rebounder from the moment he steps on the floor.

2. Wade Baldwin, 6-4, point guard, Vanderbilt

Baldwin has great length for a point guard which would translate very well to the defensive side of the ball for the Hawks. He would also be a good fit on the offensive end because of his great outside stroke as a spot-up shooter. He would be a good catch and shoot guy off the ball.

1. Marquese Chriss, 6-10, power forward, Washington

There is little chance of Chriss being available at No. 12, but stranger things have happened. He is a big man who has good range and a NBA body. He has also shown off his ability to block shots thanks to good timing and a good vertical, but needs plenty of work on the defensive backboard where he averaged just 2.9 boards in college.