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
Fox was a key part of the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers during his 13-year career. After he spent his first six seasons in Boston, he moved to the Lakers and helped them win three championships in seven years, including two years as a starter. His best statistical season came with the Celtics in 1996-97, when he averaged 15.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.2 steals in 76 games.
For his career, he averaged 9.6 points on 45 percent shooting to go along with 3.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.0 steals in 930 games.
8. Mike Newlin, Houston Rockets, 1971
The former University of Utah star was a big-time scorer and a top-notch free-throw shooter during his time with the Houston Rockets and the New Jersey Nets. He spent his first eight years in a Rockets uniform where he put up 17.3 points per 36 minutes, according to Basketball-reference.com. He then moved on to the New Jersey Nets, where he had his best two season as he averaged 21.2 points a night while shooting 47.8 percent from the floor.
In his 11-year career, he averaged 14.9 points on 46.6 percent shooting to go along with 4.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 837 games.
7. Serge Ibaka, Seattle SuperSonics, 2008
Ibaka made his mark early in his career as a rim protector and has evolved into an impressive all-around player. He led the league in blocks for four straight seasons and was an All-Defensive First-Team selection three times. His best season came with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2013-14, when he averaged a career-high 15.1 points on 53.6 precent shooting from the floor. He also chipped in with 8.8 rebounds, 2.7 blocks and 1.0 assists in 81 games.
In his eight-year career, he is averaging 12 points on 51.6 percent shooting with 7.3 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in 603 games.
6. Arvydas Sabonis, Portland Trail Blazers, 1986
Sabonis was a smooth passing big man with 3-point range and great basketball I.Q. who still made a significant impact on the NBA, even though he didn't join the Trail Blazers until he was past his prime. His best season came in 1997-98 when he averaged 16 points on 49.3 percent shooting from the floor. He added 10 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.1 blocks in 73 games.
In 470 games, he averaged 12 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 blocks while playing just 24.2 minutes a night.
5. Terry Porter, Portland Trail Blazers, 1985
Porter is best known for his time with Portland where he teamed with Clyde Drexler to carry the Trail Blazers to two NBA Finals appearances. During his 10 seasons in Portland, he averaged in double figures eight times and was a two-time All-Star. His best season came in 1990-91 when he averaged 17 points on 51.5 percent shooting from the floor, including 41.5 percent from beyond the arc. He added 8.0 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals in 81 games.
During his 17-year career, he averaged 12.2 points on 46.3 percent shooting with 5.6 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.2 steals in 1,274 games.
4. Sam Cassell, Houston Rockets, 1993
Cassell made big plays for all eight teams he played on during his 15-year career. He won three championships and made an All-Star appearance while averaging more than 18 points a game in six different seasons. His best statistical season came with Minnesota in 2003-04 when he averaged 19.8 points on 48.8 percent shooting from the floor and 87.3 percent from the foul line. He added 7.3 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 81 games.
For his career, he averaged 15.7 points on 45.4 percent shooting with 6.0 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 993 games.
3. Andrei Kirilenko, Utah Jazz, 1999
Kirilenko made his mark on the NBA because of his versatility. He was a fantastic defender who could guards players both inside and out. He was at his best with the Jazz where he spent 10 of his 13 seasons and constantly stuffed the stat sheet and was a three-time all-defensive team honoree. One of his most productive seasons came in 2003-04 when he made his only All-Star game after he averaged 16.5 points, 8.1 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 2.8 blocks and 1.9 steals in 78 games.
For his career, he averaged 11.8 points on 47.4 percent shooting to go along with 5.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.8 blocks and 1.4 steals in 797 games.
2. Kyle Lowry, Memphis Grizzlies, 2006
After solid stints in Memphis and Houston, Lowry has turned himself into one of the top points guards in the NBA since joining the Toronto Raptors. He has been an All-Star each of the last three seasons while improving his shooting percentage and scoring average each year. His most productive season came in 2016-17 when he averaged 22.5 points on 467.4 percent shooting from the floor, including 41.2 percent from distance. He added 7.0 assists. 4.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 37.4 minutes.
So far in his career, he is averaging 14.3 points on 42.4 percent shooting with 5.8 rebounds, 4.1 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 713 games.
1. Latrell Sprewell, Golden State Warriors, 19921 comment on this story
Sprewell was a gifted scorer and defender who made an impression on the three teams he played for during his 13-year career. He was a four-time All-Star who was an All-NBA First-Team selection in 1993-94 and an all-defensive team honoree. One of his best statistical seasons came in 1996-97 when he averaged 24.2 points on 44.9 percent shooting from the floor. He added 6.3 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 80 games.
For his career, he averaged 18.3 points on 42.5 percent shooting with 4.1 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.4 steals in 913 games.