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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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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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Marty Kauffman of USA Today’s Packer Wire looked at the quarterback play at the Green Bay Packers’ minicamp over the weekend, including that of former BYU signal-caller, Taysom Hill.

Kauffman wrote, “BYU quarterback Taysom Hill, who was one of 15 rookie free agent signings for Green Bay, impressed McCarthy during the team’s rookie minicamp this weekend.”

Kauffman then quoted McCarthy talking about Hill and Drew Bauer, saying, “I thought they did an outstanding job. I thought both of those guys, they threw the ball well, but they took a huge jump.”

After talking about Hill’s age and injury history, Kauffman continued, “Yet Hill has intriguing abilities as a dual-threat quarterback. His unique skill set could push him into the consideration for the third-string quarterback position with Callahan, if Green Bay decides to have three quarterbacks on the roster.”

Utah Jazz are playing for Gordon Hayward’s future

Jason Oliver of Hoops Habit looked at the importance of the Jazz series against the Golden State Warriors when it comes to keeping Gordon Hayward.

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