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

Published: Tuesday, July 16 2013 11:17 a.m. MDT

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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.
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Sneaky Jimmy
Bay Area, CA

Id forgotten how many complete "busts" the Jazz have drafted. The way the Jazz handled Luther Wright is very commendable.

Noodlekaboodle
Poplar Grove, UT

I think the bottom 5 aren't busts. Many of the "better" players on that list have comparable skills/careers as the players the Jazz passed up. The top 10.....ya those were busts.

eagle
Provo, UT

Luther Wright, without question! Not even close.

Uncle Rico
Provo, UT

What about Trey Burke?

Veracity
Morgan, UT

Please keep a list of who was available after we drafted Burke...you can use it in your next article under the same headline.

Mountain Bird
West Jordan, UT

What about Dan Schayes? He struggled in Utah and heard his share of boos, but eventually became a solid player.

Dustin
Idaho Falls, ID

I hate articles like this. Every team has a history of draft busts just as bad as ours. Also, why would we have drafted Nick Van Exel or Sam Cassel when we had John Stockton?

To those who are already calling Trey Burke a bust......have you nothing better to do than find something to whine about? You whined about Sloan until he left. You whined about DWill until he was gone. You whined Al Jefferson away. You are whining about Corbin. And now you have put a target on the back of a player who has not even played a regular season game for our team? Is he going to be a bust? You don't know. Is he going to be an all-star? You don't know. Stop pretending that you can see the future.

BigCougar
Bountiful, UT

Lots of misses but in all fairness, teams try and draft for need, especially in the NBA where the draft is only 2 rounds but even 2nd round players don't really have much value. Sure there were a lot of better players available when the Jazz drafted Morris Almond in 2007 (wow, was it really that long ago?!?) but they didn't need bigs, etc. What they needed was outside shooting and they were trying to get the best available outside shooter left on the board.

Maybe Jazz leadership should consider just taking the best available player left on the board and forget about the holes on the team they need to fill. That's certainly a philosophy that will reduce the number of draft busts.

Man in Charge
Washington, DC

I don't get how Eric Maynor was a bad draft pick. He was a solid backup here and he dropped 24 points against Lebron and the cavs. The only reason the jazz traded him was because OKC wanted a sweetener in the deal that traded a retired Matt Harpring and his contract. He had that ACL injury in OKC and never really was the same after that.

BYUSU
Wellsville, UT

Tony Parker would have been a great pick in 2001. Things that could of been?

COOL HAND LUKE
Watching, UT

If wishes were fishes we'd all have a fry. If fishes were wishes we'd eat till we die…..

Vladhagen
Salt Lake City, UT

I think one big thing to consider is what positions the Jazz were looking for at the time. Also, salary has something to do with it.

shaybo
Richfield, UT

Being a Golden State Warrior fan from the late 60's to early 90's I have a hard time feeling like the Jazz did that bad. The Warriors had as many disasters only theirs were first picks in the draft. Just to mention a few, passing on Kevin Garnett and several other stars to take Joe Smith (pick #1), Kobe to take Todd Fuller, Tracy McGrady to take Adonel Foyle, and the list goes on. Don't forget they traded Robert Parish and the $3 pick (Kevin McHale) for the #1 pick they used on Joe Barry Carroll. Oh yes almost forgot, they traded Wilt Chamberlain away also.

Wags
Riverton, UT

i cant believe that people are saying that Trey Burke is already a bust. he hasnt even played an NBA game yet. ridiculous

Mark from Montana
Aurora, CO

I have no idea how Trey will fare, but I suspect that the same ones saying he is a bust were saying it after Stockton was drafted. When they called Stock's name, there were many boos heard in Salt Lake....along with a number of 'Who?'

gehelmke
Bastrop, TX

As I scroll through this list of "so-called" busts, I can't help but remember how many of them were victims of "Sloan Syndrome".....Jerry Sloan, for reasons of his own, had his mental list of players he liked, and players he didn't like...Players like Quincy Lewis, Greg Ostertag, Kris Humphries,Gordon Giracek, etc. were Sloan's "whipping boys"...I have a mental picture as I type this....The Jazz drafted Kris Humphries because he led the Big 10 in scoring....Then every time he shot the ball while in a Jazz uniform, he was immediately yanked out of the game. He's since proven that he belongs in the league, but his career was severely held back by the domineering Sloan.

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