The 1988 NBA draft redone: Who did the Jazz miss out on when they took Eric Leckner in the first round?
The 1988 draft was full of changes.
The NBA changed the draft from seven rounds to just three, which meant only 75 players were selected. Of the 75 players taken, 58 of them played in the NBA, according to basketball-reference.com. The player taken with the lowest pick to play in the league was Gerald Paddio, who appeared in 129 games after being picked with the second to last overall choice.
While there was only one Hall of Fame-worthy player in this draft, there were still a bunch of All-Stars and guys who had good careers. There were also more than a handful of players who didn’t quite reach the potential that they showed early in their respective careers.
Note: The Utah Jazz selected Eric Leckner with the 17th overall pick out of Wyoming. He played eight seasons in the NBA with the Jazz, Sacramento Kings, Charlotte Hornets, Philadelphia 76ers, Detroit Pistons and the Vancouver Grizzlies but was never more than a part-time player.
For his career, Leckner averaged 4.1 points on 50.8 percent shooting and 3.2 rebounds in 449 games.
Here's how the draft would have gone if GMs knew then what they know now about all of the players: 25. Tim Perry, Temple.
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