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Commentary: The worst first-round picks in Utah Jazz franchise history

Published: Tuesday, July 28 2015 8:49 p.m. MDT

Curtis Borchardt gives an interview during the annual Utah Jazz Media Day at the Zion's Bank Basketball Center Monday, October 4, 2004. (Jason Olson) Curtis Borchardt gives an interview during the annual Utah Jazz Media Day at the Zion's Bank Basketball Center Monday, October 4, 2004. (Jason Olson)

The Orlando Summer League came to an end with more questions than answers regarding new Utah Jazz point guard Trey Burke.

During his time on the floor in Orlando, Burke struggled to adjust to the speed of the game, affecting his decision-making. He also struggled with his outside shot, causing some Jazz fans to wonder if Burke can succeed in the NBA.

One week of summer league does not an NBA career make, but it got me thinking about the players that the Jazz have missed on in the past. Looking back over the years, the Utah Jazz have made some wonderful selections, like John Stockton, Karl Malone, Andrei Kirilenko and even Greg Ostertag (only because he was the best player left on the board when the Jazz drafted him), but not all their picks have been home runs.

See the list: The Jazz have missed on their fair share of first-round picks, and this a list of the biggest miscues to date.

While deciding how to construct this, three factors were taken into consideration. The first is how a player performed as a member of the Jazz. The second is how a player performed over his entire NBA career, and third is who the Jazz could have had instead of that player. With that, even if a player was solid during his time with the Jazz, he could still be on this list because Utah could’ve taken a better player.

Raul Lopez of the Jazz floats in the lane with Fred Hoiberg of Minnesota at back right during the second half of the Jazz vs MInnesota Timberwolves, NBA basketball game in the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 11, 2005. (Ravell Call, Deseret News) Raul Lopez of the Jazz floats in the lane with Fred Hoiberg of Minnesota at back right during the second half of the Jazz vs MInnesota Timberwolves, NBA basketball game in the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 11, 2005. (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

The last four years worth of draft picks are not included on this list. There isn’t enough evidence as of yet to suggest whether they were good or bad picks.

Jay Yeomans is a courier by day and a freelance writer by night. He is the creator and lone contributor to the blog jmoney34sports.wordpress.com. Contact him at jmoney34@hotmail.com

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