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.
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.
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.
Maynor was the 20th pick in the 2009 draft. Maynor played only half a season for the Jazz before being traded for salary cap reasons.
Since then, Maynor has played for two other teams and has just signed with a third. He has averaged 4.5 points, three assists and 1.3 rebounds a game during his NBA career.
Chase Budinger, Taj Gibson, DeJuan Blair, Danny Green, Marcus Thorton and Darrin Collison were all still available when the Jazz selected Maynor.
Leckner was the 17th pick in the 1988 draft. He spent only two seasons with the Jazz, averaging 4.3 points and 2.6 rebounds a game before being traded to the Sacramento Kings.
Rod Strickland, Grant Long, Vernon Maxwell, Michael Adams and Anthony Mason were all taken after Leckner.
The Jazz selected Duren with the 19th pick of the 1980 draft.
Duren played two seasons with the Jazz, never playing more than 14 minutes a game. The Jazz waived him after the 1982 season, and he only played one more year in the NBA.
There were a fair number of good players left on the board when Duren was drafted, such as Jeff Ruland, Rick Mahorn, Kurt Rambis and Rory Sparrow.
Padgett was the 28th pick in the 1999 draft.
He spent four years playing for the Jazz as a solid bench player. In all, Padgett spent eight seasons in the NBA with four different teams. As career reserve, Padgett averaged a little more than four points a night.
When the Jazz drafted Padgett, Manu Ginobili was still available.
The Utah Jazz selected Lewis with the 19th pick in the 1999 draft.
He played three seasons in Utah and started 21 games. Lewis never averaged more than four points a game.
Players who were still on the board after the Jazz selected Lewis include Jeff Foster, Kenner Thomas, Devean George and Manu Ginobili.
Borchardt was the 18th pick in the 2002 draft; the Jazz traded up from the 19th pick to get him.
Borchardt missed his entire rookie season due to injury, then only played two seasons with the Jazz. During his two seasons, Borchardt averaged 3.1 points and 3.3 rebounds.
Luis Scola, Nenad Krstic, John Salmons, Matt Barnes, Tayshaun Prince and Carlos Boozer were all still available when Borchardt got drafted.
Koufos was the 23rd pick in the 2008 draft.
The Ohio State product played 84 games over two seasons in Utah. As a member of the Jazz, he averaged a little more than three points and two rebounds a game before being traded.
Koufos had his best season in the NBA in 2012-13, averaging eight points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game, starting 81 games for the Denver Nuggets.
Players who were still available when Koufos was selected were Serge Ibaka, Nicolas Batum, George Hill, Nikola Pekovic, DeAndre Jordan, Goran Dragic, Omar Asik and Mario Chalmers.
Humphries was the 14th pick in the 2004 draft.
The infamous "Mr. Kardashian" only spent two seasons with the Jazz, averaging less than four points and 2.7 rebounds a game. Utah traded him to the Toronto Raptors after the 2005-06 season for BYU product Rafael Araujo, who in turn spent a year with the Jazz before leaving the NBA.
It took seven seasons in the NBA for Humphries to find success. When he finally did, he averaged a double-double in back-to-back seasons for the New Jersey Nets.
The reason Humphries is so high on this list is because of the many talented players the Jazz passed up to take him. Al Jefferson, Josh Smith, J.R. Smith, Jameer Nelson, Tony Allen, Kevin Martin and Anderson Varejao were all still left on the board.
The Jazz selected Hardy with the 11th pick in the 1978 draft while they were still in New Orleans. Hardy spent four seasons in the NBA before finishing his basketball career in Europe. While with the Jazz, Hardy averaged 5.7 points and 5.3 rebounds a game.
When the Jazz drafted Hardy, Gerald Henderson, Michael Cooper, Terry Tyler, John Long, Mike Mitchell and Maurice Cheeks were still available.
Snyder was the 16th pick in the 2004 draft.
Snyder never fit in the Jazz system and only played one season before being traded. Snyder managed to stay in the NBA for three more years but never found success.
To go along with all the players the Jazz passed up to take Kris Humphries, the Jazz also passed on Dorrell Wright, Delonte West, Beno Udrih, Chris Duhon and Trevor Ariza to draft Snyder.
Almond was the 25th pick in the 2007 draft.
He only played 34 games with the Jazz over two seasons. Most of his time with the Jazz was spent lighting up the D-league. After leaving the Jazz, Almond only played four more games in the NBA.
Aaron Brooks, Arron Afflalo, Tiago Splitter, Carl Landry, Glen Davis, Ramon Sessions and Marc Gasol were still on the board when Utah took Almond.
Lopez was the 24th pick in the 2001 draft.
The Jazz waited for two seasons before Lopez finally joined the roster, but he was gone two years later because of his worn out knees. Lopez started 26 of the 113 games he played in Utah, averaging 6.5 points, 3.8 assists and 1.7 rebounds a game. He still plays basketball in Spain.
The players still on the board when Lopez was drafted are why he ranks where he does. Jamaal Tinsley, Gerald Wallace, Samuel Dalembert, Bobby Simmons, Mehmet Okur, Gilbert Arenas and Tony Parker were drafted after Lopez.
The Jazz drafted Ortiz with the 15th pick in the 1987 draft. He only played 391 minutes in a Jazz uniform over two seasons before being waived. Ortiz time with the Jazz consisted of 64 games, averaging 2.9 points and 1.1 rebounds per game.
Mark Jackson, Ken Norman and Reggie Lewis were still available when the Jazz selected Ortiz.
Knight was the 20th pick in the 1979 draft.
Although Knight was a great rebounder at Loyola University in Chicago, he never played a single game in the NBA. Sly Williams, Kyle Macy, Bill Laimbeer, James Donaldson and many other picks could have made the Jazz roster that season.
Wright was the 18th pick of the 1993 draft.
The New Jersey native only played 92 minutes over 15 games in his NBA career. During his time on the floor, Wright averaged 1.3 points and .7 rebounds a game. Chris Mills, Sam Cassell and Nick Van Exel were still available when Wright came off the board.
Wright's is a cautionary tale of mental illness, drug abuse and the pressure a kid can feel when everyone around him is pushing him to do something he doesn't love.
Notably, even though the Jazz waived Wright after just one season, they paid his $5 million contract in full and arranged it so that Wright would receive the money in installments rather than all at once.